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Update – I Tell You About This Photo
Update- I think I chose something a little too obscure here. So let me tell everyone about this day.
This is day one at the 2004 ISDE in Poland. Nate Kanney is riding in his first ISDE on the Trophy team. Yamaha shipped him a brand new, box stock WR450 for the event. Contrary to the decals, no suspension work, bone stock.
The first sections was tight woods with deep sand whoops. Down in the bottom of the whoops are all kinds of tree roots. Each day the whoops got deeper and harder to ride through. It looked a little like New Jersey conditions. Nate crashed just a little ways into the first section. Later in the week Alan Deyo would crash the same way, got out of hand in the whoops and clobbered a tree.
Nate damaged a radiator on the WR450. So he decided to ride back to the start to try to make repairs. Many riders had not even started the day yet, that is Jeff Fredette helping Nate. There was no spare radiator, so Jeff is explaining to Nate how to bypass it and run with just one radiator. JD Hammock is also in the photo.
This was not the damage that really mattered. Nate had also hurt himself in the crash. He was getting worse by the minute with internal injuries. Nate went on to complete the first loop of the day. When he came back to the pits mid day the crew could tell he was in really bad shape. His eyes and color were tell tale signs of internal injury.
I don’t remember the exact injury, I think it was a ruptured kidney or spleen. Anyway the crew got medical help for Nate. He was sent off to the Polish hospital where he underwent surgery. So Nate’s race was over. Not only that, he was travelling alone so he had no one to assist him. He spent the entire week in the hospital by himself. Everyone else was busy with the race, so did not really have any time to go visit him. Some of the guys working on the pit crew visited him during the week and helped him out.
Nate was released right at the end of the week. We saw him once when he got out. If I remember correct his hospital bill for surgery and week-long stay was about $500. One of the guys on the pit crew paid it for Nate. As you can imagine it was not really the way Nate planned to spend his week, all alone in a hospital half way around the world. I suspect it is a week he will never forget.
About Alan Deyo’s crash – “Mr Tough Guy” Deyo was hurt pretty good in his crash also. He booked a flight home straight away. Beth Neff drove him to the airport and he flew home, in to Spokane. It was probably 20 hrs total travel time. He flew home with a punctured lung! When he landed he went straight to the hospital. I don’t imagine that flight was much fun.
Okay, here is one I came across while organizing some old files. Let’s see who can tell me a little about it. It is a very memorable scene for those who were there. It should not be too hard to name the faces. But who can tell me the where and what is going on?