Written by cycleguy on February 25th, 2017

Some of you may be wondering where in the world Bill has been? I mean, I was on track with “getting with the program” of regular posts, and keeping you updated on sermons and life. It has been a week since I last posted and I either have a very boring life or something else has happened. Trust me when I say I don’t have a boring life so that can only mean one thing…something else happened. I wish I could say it was something as minor as a computer glitch or time constraint or something small. But I can’t. Perhaps a picture can paint a thousand words:

Last Friday, the 17th, I was 3 miles from home after riding about 15 miles when I hit the pavement. My mind has blacked out what happened. I don’t know if I hit a stone; a manhole cover that was slick on its end or something else. The next thing I knew I was flopping down the hill like a rag doll. My bike is mangled in some way but I have yet to see how badly. My collarbone was broken in four places (surgery done this past Wednesday); I have three broken ribs; multiple contusions on my body and a huge hematoma on the back and right hip that is uncomfortable. I did a face plant as you can tell. The next two pictures will tell that story.

Without the helmet, I would hate to even think of the results. Not only is the outer shell cracked and bent as you can see, the inner shell is also split. I seriously do not understand the silliness of riding without a helmet- bicycle or motorcycle. Male/female vanity doesn’t stop pavement. Who knows what Jo and my family and church family would be dealing with now if I had chosen not to wear the helmet. Years ago I made a decision to never ride with someone who didn’t wear a helmet. No helmet=no ride.

I’m going to write more as the week progresses and I get a little more acclimated to a schedule. In the meantime, would you mind praying for me and I recuperate? Pray for Jo & Tami as they put up with my stubbornness of wanting to do things. Pray for Janna, Jason, and Braden who live 4 hours away. Pray for the church family. And pray for Ryan who is preaching again this weekend in my place.


12 Comments so far ↓

  1. Linda Stoll says:

    Oh, Lord have mercy on our friend. These have been such difficult months for him …

  2. Meekly Seeking says:

    Oh that is definitely not the best of the two choices.

    It’s great to see you’re doing well enough to report to us. May God be with you and each of your family members and church family. Let this be time well spent during recovery. Allow Him to wash over you and tend to your needs, even those you may not even realize. May he bless all your people as they try to learn how best to serve you. May you use this time to learn how to sometimes be served. May everyone involved realize the blessings mixed into the situation. We look forward to further word from you.

    In Christ’s amazing love,


    • cycleguy says:

      I’m glad I’m doing well enough to report. 🙂 “My” people are coping and doing well. I do look forward to seeing what God has in store.

  3. Oh, good Lord, Bill! After all that, you are blessed to be alive. God certainly sees much potential in you yet, my friend.
    Sending prayers for quick healing for you, and will keep your family and church family in prayers, too.

  4. floyd says:


    Wow, I’m praying for you, brother. The world changes in an instant. Good move on the helmet! Wise man. God’s not done with you yet!

  5. Betty Draper says:

    Oh my brother, I and anyone who comes by your post will be praying…the only words of wisdom I have to give is…just give into it for a while till you begin to heal…hard to do for us go getters. I am still struggling with the fact I feel like I can do more then I should and when I do I pay dearly for it, like today. Praying…


  6. Pamela says:

    Praying for you! Praying for Jo, Tammy, and the rest of your family. Take care and follow the doctors’ orders.

  7. Pam says:

    Good grief!Praying for you, Bill! How painful! Glad you have good “nurses” and an understanding congregation.

  8. TC Avey says:

    Praise God you’re ok…banged up, but alive!
    I used to work as an ER RN and let me tell you, you are right, helmets save live!
    I will keep you all in my prayers.

  9. Ed says:

    Does it hurt? Just kidding. That doesn’t look like too much fun. Someone upstairs wants you to slow down. Prayers for you Bill.

  10. Kim Grassbaugh says:

    Glad to see you back on the sight and able to share your words. I just had a helmet talk with my 14 yr. old grandson today. Thanks for posting the picture of your helmet – it will be passed on to him.
    Take care and be kind to Jo !!!