A Motorcycle Collision and Lessons Learned

A Motorcycle Collision

 Two days ago my wife and I decided to go to town to get a few necessities. It was not too much so we just took our motor bike. We did what we needed to and on the way out of town I accidentally passed up the ATM. I meant to stop by and get some money. Ahead of us was the Municipality where we could turn around and I can also check to see if I have any mail at the community post office from the office of Veterans Affairs which I am counting on as well.

I turn my turn signal on and get to the left side of the lane, look in my mirror and over my shoulder. There was a bike coming but he is far enough back and there is plenty of room to my right for him to go by. I start making my left turn and BAMM! He hit me hard, dropping my bike with my wife and I to the ground. The first thing I said before hitting the ground was, “Mother F#%ker!” I was really pissed off for the moment that I lay there. I can’t believe this dude just hit me. I could still hear his bike sliding along the concrete and then a sudden crunch of his bike against the curb of the drive way that leads into the municipality. I looked up and no one was moving at first. My first thought of the situation was not good. My bike is a 2015 Kawasaki Rouser 200NS and his was a much older Kawasaki CT 100 Bajaj. 

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2015 Kawasaki Rouser 200NS

 

 I slid my leg out from under my bike and Asked my wife if she was ok. Thankfully she only had a decent scrape on the elbow. I looked down at my bike, the turn signal was still flashing and it was still in 1st gear with the rear tire still turning. I switched the master power switch off that is next to the throttle shutting off everything.

I looked at the other bike and seen that he was transporting 2 college girls with him. I looked at my wife and I told her to check the girls immediately as I pick my bike up from the road and get it out of the way.  The driver of the other bike was ok. The girls were a bumped up, scared, and maybe in shock a bit. The Locals here are the most helpless, useless people I have ever seen. The all gathered around to watch and get in the way, but none lifted a finger to really help the girls. They are excellent spectators and love drama but useless otherwise. The local Hospital was only 50 feet away so we had them taken there immediately to be checked. The worst of the deal was some bruising and maybe a concussion because they were not wearing helmets. The extent of my injuries was a scraped up Knee, shin, and elbow. None of which I was concerned about. I dealt with worse in the past and lived, my concern was for the girls on the other bikes.

Between the Hospital and the municipality was the police station. We went there to do a report on what happened. The other driver had no license, no insurance, a dented front rim, and no Money. He looked scared as hell and I know he would be screwed. So my wife and I covered the girls’ medical expenses and the rest was on him. He was speeding and did not observe the right away of the vehicle in front of him since it is a single lane.  The only damage on my bike was a broken after-market hand guard that I installed about 6 months ago, Front left turn signal housing came apart, and my clutch lever broke in half. I was able to snap the signal housing back together. The hand guard was a wise move as my hand did not get injured.

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Busted Hand Guard and Clutch Lever

 

The lessons to be learned from this is to Observe other vehicles, pay attention to turn signals and brake lights, observe the right of way of other riders and drivers, wear helmets and other safety gear, and be insured. Your safety and those riding with you comes first above all else. Don’t be in a hurry through town or in congested areas. Try to learn some basic first aid as most of the Caramoan community was helpless and only getting in the way. If you can add features to your bike to improve your own safety, do so. 

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Minor case of road rash

 

I am 38 years old. Been driving since I was 16. I have driven everything from Motorcycles to Army Tanks. This is my first accidental collision with a motor vehicle. I guess it happens at some point or another whether you’re at fault or not. I guess it was my turn. Thank God No one was severely injured or died. Best we can do is to do our best to be prepared in case such an event like this happens. 

 

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

The Parish of Saint Dominic of Guzman

THE PARISH OF SAINT DOMINIC OF GUZMAN

 

On Monday I went to Barangay Tabgon during a short Ride. It is a Barangay within the municipality of Caramoan, Philippines. This week they are having their church fiesta. I took a few moments to take photos of the church and thought I would share.

Tabgon is a small seaside village and has a small area that small boats can come up to, but only at high tide. When the tide is low you can walk about a 100 yards out. It is not as convenient as the local Bikal or Guijalo ports.

This also just happens to be the Church my wife and I got married in in 2014. I was 60+ pounds heavier then, now I cant even keep the slacks up without cinching the belt down tight.

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This project has been ongoing for about a year now. They have been doing a lot of work on it and they do accept donations to assist with buying of materials and paying for local labor.

People from the surrounding Barangay’s come here on Sunday. Some from as far as 5 Km away, walking or riding a motor bike.  All these pews will be filled with some people standing along the sides or sitting in the center isle.

I used my Pentax X-5 for these shots. Next time I will use my Canon EOS 1000D and compare.

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David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

The Rice Pads

The Rice Pads

The rainy season has just began in the Philippines and El Nino is over. It is time to start the rice crops. After the first rains a patch of dirt is turned over and tilled until it is muddy like a texture of a creamy peanut butter. Rice seed it spread out over it and it grows until the rice is a few inches tall. After that they will separate the rice and spread the rice out into the rice pads.

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Barangay Agaas, Caramoan, Philippines

The recent rains have created the Ideal Conditions for preparing the fields. The local farmers have gone out when the rain stopped to get started.

 

The Carabao is a type of water buffalo that is used for plowing the dirt over once there has been enough rain to soften the soil. Not only is it a working animal but it is also the source of fertilization during the off season as they graze on the plants in the fields after the rice has been harvested.

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Carabao

 

Planting and Growing Rice is a family affair that includes everyone that is old enough and physically capable. Here they learn at a young age to work together.

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Planting Rice in Barangay Agaas, Caramoan, Philippines

 

In 3 to 4 months the rice will be ready for harvesting once the stalks go from green to a dry golden color. More to follow when it is time to harvest.

 

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

 

 

 

 

Blue Lives Matter

Blue Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter, White Lives Matter, Brown lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, ALL LIVES MATTER!

Who in the hell is one group of people to judge any one race or group. I am sick of the terror groups, Black Lives Matter and the Black Panther Party. Their speeches and HATE BREEDING are doing nothing positive for anyones lives. the are putting targets on white Americans and Police Officers of any race. 

Many police officers, of multiple races, have been murdered in cold blood. It is disgusting really. How can people be proud of this? Black Lives Matter movement is. They promote this anti-police and anti-white hate. They continue to blame white privilege for their failures in life. I served in the military and its funny on how many successful Black Americans that I have seen; To include Command Sergeant Majors and Generals. You can be successful at anything, race has nothing to do with holding you back, only your own convictions. 

Why doesn’t Black Lives Matter protest when there is Black on Black crimes? I guess Black lives really don’t matter to Black Lives Matter unless they are shot by a police officer or a white man. Then it becomes an issue. They don’t make money on it unless the media can get involved. Black on Black crime is so common that the media just scuffs on it unless a white person or police officer was involved. Then it is a money maker. It also helps push the Obama Anti-American agenda. 


Stop the Hate! As an Armed Forces Veteran I would protect and back up a police officer in any situation any day. These are civil servants who volunteered just as much as soldiers have to protect the lives of innocent people within the USA. Their lives are at risk from criminals every day. Terrorist groups like Black Lives Matter and the  Black Panther Party are not making things safer for Black Americans. Their speeches have put targets on whites and police officers. This makes the police officers more scared and nervous around Blacks. They don’t know who will be civil and who wants to kill them. So if a thug is shot and killed by a cop for not following the rules or obeying orders, or making any sudden movements, then the thug rightfully deserved to die. 


Be an obedient citizen, follow the rules, don’t break the laws already set in place. Don’t give police a reason to bother you. Be civilized. Don’t listen to terrorists like Black Lives Matter and Black Panthers.

May ALL the Police Officers who died needlessly rest in peace, God Bless them and their families for their sacrifices for a civil society. 

David Lee Martin

Functional US Army Veteran

A Moment on the Court

Developing Your Eye II 

Blogger University 

Photography Blogging 

Day Five: “Moment” – Capture Motion

Kids playing basketball after school. The Ball is in the Air. Basketball seems be the biggest sport in the Philippines. Even a small village in the jungle will have a makeshift hoop mounted on a tree. 

Barangay Agaas Basketball Court
Barangay Agaas Basketball Court

David Lee Martin 

Functional US Army Veteran