James eluded to my visit to the hospital in his Pigs Drugs and Naked Dwarves post. Thanks to everyone who asked after me when they heard that I’d wiped out on my skateboard. Going to the conference the next day with bandages on certainly led to lots of questions. I learned the hard way that enjoying a couple of beers and skateboarding afterwards is a bad idea. I guess this isn’t a problem for the majority of skateboarders as the are children and it should have been blatently obvious to me but there you go.
As I walked up a steep tarmac hill (on private land) with my brand new skateboard in hand something in my head said “it’s too steep – what ARE you doing”, unfortunately something else in there said “you’ll be fine” (the beer me thinks). Anyway I shot down the hill and upon realising that I was out of control I jumped off and attempted to run. Unfortunately I was going faster than I could run and moments later I found myself skidding down the remainder of the hill on my hands and knees.
I have posted a couple of pictures showing the gory details for those who want to see them.
When I returned to my hotel the helpful staff raided the medical cupboard to provide me with bandages and antiseptic though as I found out the following day at the hospital the dressings we not non-stick and they’d bound to the wounds. I nearly passed out (everything went grey and sparkly) as the nurse removed the dressings and cleaned everything up.
DO NOT DRINK AND RIDE!