July 3rd. riding up a trail to burn some calories before a bbq party. i was meeting a new friend at the lake. slow burn, uphill grind. i think there is one or two small downhill sections, good for a breather. on one of these gentle grades down, a wasp decided to fly into my eye socket. i took my left hand and brushed him away. a millisecond later, i hit a rock and crashed big time. it was like a full body slam against the earth. i was writhing in pain on the ground, trying to catch my breath. i few riders went past, no offer of help (?!!) finally a rider came to my assistance. he helped me up and figured nothing was broken. he checked my bike and i rode down the hill. every pedal stroke, my left knee ballooned up. another kind soul helped me load my bike on my truck and i drove home. SLOOOOWWW! at home, my wife took one look and drove me to the ER. i didnt take my helmet with me. i should have! anyways, HEAD CT, body X-rays, and wound care. i had a minor concussion, whiplash, and a fracture knee cap. when i got home showered gingerly, and went to sleep. the painkiller and muscle relaxants knocked me out. i woke up and looked at my helmet. i almost started crying. there was a big dent in the frontal lobe. that thing probably saved me my quality of life at a minimum. i emailed the company to thank them for a great lid, and asked if they wanted it for research. they said to send it in and they will replace it for free!! i wear a KALI helmet. what a great grass-roots company. i am OKAY. i ruined my Machu Pichuu 4 day hike up the Inca Trail for sure. my travel agent changed things around to some day trips. i get to take a train up to meet the group after they do the adventurous hike. i refuse to get down. i lost money on the trip. i cant hike it..i am in a knee brace and my Sept Elk hunt is in Peril. but i am alive!! wear those helmets folks. ironically the one guy that finally stopped to help. he was helmet-less. he looked at my face and blood and i think i converted him to a helmet guy!!