Monday, March 7, 2011



Hi Clubby & Tania: I would like to thank-you once again for your help back at Arkaroola when I arrived back there after the mishap on Saturday's ride. After getting home the diagnosis is a bit more worse than I thought. I went to the doctor on Monday and got X-rays done. I have broken my ankle. I was referred to specialist today who looked at the X-rays and found three breaks around the ankle. I have broken the bone(s) that surround the bone that gives the movement in the ankle. It's sort of like a 'C' section of metal with the back section covered, as well leaving the front and bottom open. I have broken both sides and the back part. So this means I can put no weight on the foot, as it just spreads the parts open. I am going to a foot surgeon tomorrow and will probably be in hospital for surgery on Thursday to get it pinned. I expect to be off the bike for at least six to eight months to let it heal and strengthen again with physio. Will keep you updated.
-- Chris, Ténéré Tragic #4
PS: Dave succumbed to two more flats and in the end was picked up also and brought back to Adelaide.

Wow, Chris, that's a heck of a diagnosis. Just shows what we all know when we all reckoned you had only sprained your ankle because you could still move your toes. Doesn't sound like we'll be taking on a medical career any time soon! Really sorry your Tragics experience didn't end the way you would have liked, and we certainly hope your healing and recovery time goes fast and with no further incidents. Keep smiling, mate, and we'll see you next year. And hey, thanks for sending in the photos! To everyone looking on, the blue 660 in the centre photo is Chris' bike ... before he bounced off the trail and put a few scars on it.
-- Clubby, Ténéré Tragic #1

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