Rocky Mountain Summers are Back

This is my 5th summer working in the Rocky Mountains at a small rural ER.  Since last year, the ER has been totally renovated.  It now has the appearance of a modern, urban ER with trauma bays, sliding glass doors providing privacy in each room, a psych observation room with the ability to lock down all supply doors, an orthopedic room and more. Its beautiful, but I miss having a true “Emergency Room” which provided  a stark contrast to my urban inner city and referral hospital environments.

I worked the first four days upon arriving here, so it wasn’t until yesterday that I had a chance to go out for a ride.  I was all ready to hit the road when I looked at the fork on my bike, and it was a bit crooked. I pushed down and uh oh…Fork screwed. Headset broken. Head tube cracked. Damn.  On the way out, i had run into a metal “warning” bar while going through a drive through and heard an awful noise on the roof.   The mountain bike rolled backward over it’s front wheel holder and was simply thrown free of the impact with no frame damage to the bike that I can tell.  Teh road bike was not so lucky as the forks were securely locked into the fork mount carrier.


I called my bike shop back home and  had them super-stat a new bike build that should be here by the weekend.   An expensive mistake all in the name of a quick breakfast. Guess I know where I”ll be spending this month’s paycheck.

  3 comments for “Rocky Mountain Summers are Back

  1. August 14, 2009 at 1:15 am

    That sucks.. Not the new ER but the trashed rode bike. I jerry rigged several mounts inside my old school Ford Explorer because I new if I mounted my mountain or road bike on the roof they would suffer a fate such as you described. Also because I have spent more money on my bikes than my car…..

  2. Erin
    August 31, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Reminds me of the trip I just took from San Diego moving out to Omaha. I had my bike on top of my car for the duration of the trip and am convinced that I damaged it somehow. As for that a href=”″>nursing lifestyle that I tried to maintain while there, looks like it will be put on hold.

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