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I'm typing this with one arm

I'm typing this with one arm
The view from the ambulance

Why, you ask?

I was cycling through central Iran alongside the freeway. We had just finished climbing a gradual hill and now it was time to go down. As we started our descent I veered a few inches outside of the slipstream but unfortunately that was enough.

We were about to hit 50km/hr and as I looked up from my speedo I remember a rock and the next thing I knew I was sliding across the bitumen road for 15 metres caught under my bike.

The feeling of sliding along tarmac felt like it lasted a lot longer than it actually did. The boys tried to pick me up off the road but my leg was caught inside the bike. I eventually got up and had a graze on just about every part of my body including my head despite wearing a helmet.

Groggy, I climbed over the barrier and tried to walk off the pain. The adrenaline was shooting through me and even though Mick was washing the gravel out of my wounds, I still felt composed.

An ambulance soon turned up after one of the locals had reported the crash. At this stage I was still optimistic on the outcome. Before the ambulance came I actually wanted to fix my bike, patch myself up and keep riding. As soon as I got in the ambulance they gave me the usual a drip as well as a full body check. This caused more pain than the crash itself!

I was then driven 60km to the hospital in Qom where it was confirmed that I had broken my wrist and elbow. No one spoke English and it was mayhem.

I was allocated a room with four other road accident victims and without it being too bad, it wasn't the most pleasant nor hygienic hospital you'll find. Every time the doctor came, another bystander would grab him and then beg him to look at another patient. In the end, we simply walked out.

I took some pain killers, and with limited mobility in my right arm and none in my left, due to plaster from fingers to shoulder, I took myself and my bike on an overnight 12-hour bus trip to Shiraz where I saw an orthopaedic surgeon.

I decided to do all this solo so that I didn't cost the team time as well. I saw this as just another challenge to overcome and that with perseverance and a positive attitude I'll be back on the bike in no time.

~ Tim

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