What way to bring in the new year. I had popped my Palm Canyon cherry in November. So I planned a ride to show some others the great trails out there. All was going well. We ran across Dell, Craig and Kanga's group out there. At about mile 9 came screaming around a DH turn and saw the trail cross a rut. Broke really hard to negociate it. Back tire slide out and down I went. I knew I was in trouble when I lifted my bike off and my ankle was turn 45degrees to the right. I straightened it out, and it immediatly flopped over to the side again. I knew it was bad. So we got resourcefull with what we had. We cut a waterbottle down to cup my heal. Inner tubes, electrical tape, bandanas, and thick yucca plants were used. Fortunately, group came by and had a roll of thick althletic tape(I never got your name, but thank you). We wrapped it up and got me back on my bike. Laying there feeling sorry for myself was not an option, nor was a helicopter ride. Flats and most DH's I was able to ride. Really rocky and techy sections I had to use my human crutches. We got to the wash and decided to take the hiking trail to the Indian Trading Outpost. A group of horses was there at the wash and offered to give me a ride.....but I declined. My wife can't get me to ride horses, and I wasn't going to fold at this point.:lol: My friends would push me uphill where it was too steep to pedal. I did have a couple of instances where I did fall over onto the bad leg and the pain was horrendous. I did make it back to the car at the Von's shopping center. Still ended up with 24 miles for the ride. Finally got the ER back home about 6:30. After x-rays it was clear. Broke the tips off my right tibia and fibula. Looks like I will be going under the knife sometime this week. So right now I sit here with a temp. cast from my toes to my mid-thigh. Given the options, I guess the break was the best outcome....they tend to heal the quickest, compared to torn tendons and ligaments. For those that have not ridden Palm Canyon and question why everyone says to take more than you need and to be prepared......there is a reason.......you are way the hell out in the middle of nowhere. Without the help of my friends, I would not have made it out on my own.