A few weeks ago we traveled to visit my parents.
My parents live in a beautiful rural area of Wisconsin. Their property is surrounded by State and County forest. It is a beautiful area for outdoor enthusiasts.
On our way home from our visit, we decided to take a gravel road to reach the highway.
This road is beautiful and a favorite of ours because the trees touch each other creating a leaf canopy. It is extra special in the Autumn when Wisconsin will show off her colors.
Some of you may know that Northern Wisconsin was hit by an awful flood in mid-July. The flood damaged several major Northern Wisconsin roads, ATV trails and communities.
With the closing of some ATV trails, ATV's are using the public roads and highways to get on to the next open trail.
This is when our drive home takes a much too exciting turn for me.
As we drove along the beautiful gravel road, two ATV's come around a corner, FAST!
In the middle of the road! My husband was driving, he quickly swerved close to the ditch. The first ATV driver did the same, but at his speed things did not go well for him.
His machine hit the ditch and that caused the young man to fly off the machine, hitting his stomach on the handle bars and ending up in the ditch.
His ATV continued to drive itself across the road into the woods.
We found out later, the two riders had radio headsets on, so the first driver was yelling out to the second driver that he was crashing. This gave the second driver time to slow down and move out of the middle of the road.
Now it is time to check on the injured ATV driver. Is he alive? Is he injured?
Please, please let him be fine.
He did not have a helmet on. He did not have protective clothing on.
As my husband walked over to him lying in the ditch, the young man got to his knees.
The young man was out of breath. He was struggling to breath.
He was bleeding from the nose.
My husband helped him clean up his nose, check for other injuries and just make sure he was fine.
It took some time for him to calm down and get his normal breathing back. Eventually he did. All the time he was blaming himself. He continued to say " I was going too fast, I was in the middle of the road, I was not thinking...."
We encouraged him to just breath. Just breath, relax and breath.
In time he felt ready to try and get his ATV.
With the help of my boys, husband and his friend, his ATV was pulled out of the woods.
It started and it did not seem to be damaged.
He was able to drive it.
We had a two hour car ride to talk about what happened.
We had a two hour car ride to talk about what could have happened.