I realize that my record does not qualify me to lecture people about safety. However, I received the tips below from real medical professionals – Brad Burger and Carla Mitchem.
- Whenever possible, avoid riding alone.
- Let someone know where you will be going and stick to the ride plan.
- Carry a cell phone whenever you ride. Even when you can’t get a signal to make a call, there’s a chance you will be able to send a text message. Also, Search & Rescue might be able to triangulate the signal.
- Carry adult-size aspirin for chest pains, Benadryl for allergic reactions, and Motrin or Ibuprofren for owies.
- If you suspect that someone is having a heart attack, have them chew one adult-size aspirin. If they chew it, it will have a faster effect.
- If the situation is severe, try to get the injured person to a road if possible so that extraction will be quicker.
As per a suggestion received from Keith Gianella, I will try to put together a list of cell numbers for riders who are close to Stella and Growlers and could respond fairly rapidly if someone doesn’t return on time and a search is needed.
If you’d like to volunteer for this, let me know and send along your cell number.