my dad had such success the other day with the motorbike that he decided to give it another go. this time he rented a not automatic bike.
he headed out on the same route as before, but was hoping to have more time to stop and look around. he did leave plenty early. and he did make some pretty good progress. all the way to Doi Pui, which I think is basically the summit of Doi Suthep. he ventured into the national park up there. which he says was lovely. and that we should take the whole family. and then he headed back down with plans to stop by the winter palace and Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. but he got a little derailed. had a bit of a slip. or a skid. or in some other vernacular it might also be called a wreck. which gave him the priveledge of experiencing just how lovely the Thai people can be. many people stopped to check on him. and one couple* loaded up the motorcycle and him into their truck and brought him down the mountain. they called us to let us know what was going on and that we could meet them at the zoo.
and it took us a little longer to get to the zoo than expected. Chiang Mai University was having graduation services today so we got hung up in traffic. and while we were hung up we got several urgent phone calls from the folks helping my dad telling us we needed to hurry. get there fast. like right now! or faster. once we arrived we easily found my dad and his entourage of very concerned helpers. made arrangements for them to carry the motorcycle to the hospital we were headed to and they helped us make arrangements with the rental place to get the motorcycle picked up.
**(not pictured are all the wonderful people who had gathered to help. I’m thinking of firing the photographer. I mean maybe I could understand managing to take a picture minus the 6 or so people who were helping. but to miss all those people and manage to catch such an awful shot of me… that seems unforgivable.)**
pretty quickly we were headed to the hospital – making slow progress. the graduation and all it entailed were still going on. I dropped my parents off at the emergency room and located the couple who were carting the motorcycle in the back of their truck and got it dropped off and picked up by the motorcycle rental place.
I reunited with my parents in the emergency room. my dad had x-rays taken and then taken again. his abrasions were cleaned up. lots of bandages were placed. the splint for his broken clavicle was put on. medications were prescribed. and then he was discharged. amd while the pain is plenty, we’re thankful that he wasn’t hurt worse. and he now has quite the story to tell!
*the couple who helped were more than amazing. they were headed the other way when they stopped to help and gave up several hours of their day for a stranger.