I also confess that I also went down to the park because E and her new boyfriend were hanging out there, and I wanted to meet him and make a fatherly presence. Perhaps this has some bearing out the outcome of this tale, I'm not sure.
I go to the community center, sign A up for Kids Klub, and stop by where E and her boyfriend D are hanging out. I chat with them for a bit, and he seems like a very nice kid, and we talk about bicycling because his uncle was a big-time serious cyclist until an unfortunate accident. I then tell E she should probably come home in about 30 minutes to an hour, and ride off.
Not even 100 yards up the road, I'm in an area which was recently resurfaced and there's a small drop off between the road the gutter. I'm thinking about my daughter now having a boyfriend and all those "dad's getting old" kind of things, and I'm not paying attention to the road.
I slide right off the edge of the road into the gutter, and go sideways onto the road.
Bam! I hit the ground hard, scraping my left shoulder, left elbow, and left knee. E and boyfriend call out "are you okay". I'm back on my feet, so I think I'm okay and tell them so. The handlebars are crooked but I can get home, and on the way my left knee is dripping blood so I staunch it with the catalog of classes at the community center.
End result is a nasty case of "road rash" on my shoulder and knee, and I'm all bandaged up in multiple places.
Maybe it was the result of wanting to "check up" on my daughter, but I'd like to think it was just a case of not paying attention.
As a note, I *was* wearing a helmet. This was a good thing as part of the fall was smacking my head against the ground. My neck hurts a tad, but that's it. Had I not been wearing a helmet things could have been worse. The biggest moral is: wear your helmet.