5. Pride goeth before a fall

Missing Motorcycle Wheel

(Photo courtesy of Supersonic Racing)

Wow, it’s great how competent you’ve become in such a short time. Don’t be getting all cocky. We were riding some cool new bike through a small town in Spain when a local on a YZ450F came wheelying up alongside in the other lane. Nice! Impressive! Bravo! Thumbs up! Unfortunately, the car we were following didn’t see him, and turned left right across his path. He glanced off with his front knobbie still airborne, bounced around and crashed hard. No helmet. He was in bad shape when the ambulance arrived, semi-conscious and bleeding from the ears and elsewhere. Hope he made it.