I just found out that Grumpy Goat was involved in an accident on his way home from the MOA Rally in Hamburg, New York. I was fortunate to have met him at the Rally and am glad to say that while he was injured, he will be OK. This is the story as he related it. I am sorry I have not been able to reply but you will not believe what happened last Thursday. After having a blast riding the Blue Ridge Parkway and when riding in Ashville NC my tour came to an abrupt end. I was in the leftmost lane on an interstate through town and 1.6 miles from my exit going to the KOA close by, when a loose wheel came across 3 lanes of traffic striking me on the right shin. I only saw it a fraction of a second before it hit me from a 2 o'clock direction. I looked down at my leg as I felt the intense pain and the foot felt more lose than the rest of my leg. I managed to bring the bike to a safe stop on the median area but had no leg to support the bike on the right, so I fell to the right also landing on my butt in a shooting up position, with the bike over my leg but not on it since it was supported by the right cylinder head and pannier. The cylinder head was smashed and oil was bleeding onto to highway and me. Traffic stopped quickly with no more injury to me. It was clear at that point that my leg was badly broken mid shin. People sprang into action uprighting the bike and getting it and me onto the median. Someone called 911 which seemed to arrive promptly. With the help of my new friend Chuck who happens to have a BMW dual purpose 700cc bike and who was immediately behind me, all my stuff was loaded into the ambulance with me and taken to the emergency department at Mission Hospital in Asheville where I remain as I write this. I had surgery on the leg the following morning and a titanium"nail" was inserted full length through my femur from knee to ankle with 2 screws at each end. I can put no load on the right leg for 6 weeks and then after that I don't know. The bike is in a storage lot and will be sent to Eurosport Asheville where it will be repaired. I don't know the details of all the damage beyond the right cylinder head. Both panniers are damaged as the left one somehow was of the bike at the scene although the right one was the one which took the force of the fall. Chuck has been so helpful and has stepped up once again uplifting all my gear from my hospital room and will clean up all that is oil soaked and will ship all to me in Houston. He will also take my key fob to the dealer after the bike has been taken there. Progressive has been in contact and I have claim numbers in both Progressive and Farm Bureau, the insurer of the other party. Speaking of which, the other driver, 21 years old, said that she heard a strange nose as she was going down a nearby on ramp when she heard a funny sound before she realized she lost a wheel on what was a recently purchased 1989 Chevy of some type. The police said that she was issued 2 citations (unknown) but the police did not seem confident that the vehicle had adequate coverage. Lots more to the story but this is all I can input on my phone in my hospital room. My wife arrived today from Houston so that has made things a little better. Speedy recovery GG!!