And this is how shit happens.
We planned staying in Guadalajara for only two or three night to meet up with Oscar and Angeles his girlfriend. He is a local adventure riding dude and invited us through Facebook to visit the city. On our way to Tequila Elsebie had a stupid low speed drop, as in walking speed drop from momentarily losing her balance. But it was enough to get the bike to pin her leg and as she went down rotated her leg and it snapped all three ligaments in her knee.
Back to Guadalajara with Oscar helping us to get to a surgeon the same day. Did MRI scans and it confirmed the worst. This is not just a bit of a sprain. The amazing part is the Dr wrote a letter to our medical insurance and by that next morning they had all the expenses approved and a day later on the Friday she was admitted to a hotel, sorry hospital in Guadalajara.
It's been 4 weeks now and everything looks okay, she has been sitting with a knee brace the entire time. We visited the Dr again today and he is happy and she will start rehabilitation now for the next 2 weeks.
Absolutely amazing that in 15years of us riding all kinds of dirt, all the out of the way places and with so many drops, spills and falls in that time to even care to remember and here a stupid no issue parking lot drop caused all this damage. As we spoke to friends many of us told us the same type of thing happened to them and that it's actually quite common. We spoke to Leatt for some help to get her a set of knee braces to wear from now on and even they told us that it is quite a common thing.
Well a bit of good luck then that we dodged that bullet for so long. Just can imagine the shit if that would have happened in Turkana or Copper Canyon or such places. At least we were close to such highly regarded hospitals and Dr's. The hospital is frankly simple for another world. It's absolutely first class hotel type living. They even allowed a visitor stay over night.
Also we were planning to spend 4 weeks in Morelia to catch up on some business paperwork and of course sitting also helps with saving some money. Travelling everyday sucks money. Sitting out every now and then helps to adjust the budget a bit.
In the end Guadalajara is one really cool city. It's a vibrant colourful cosmo, student, hippy type vibe going around. There's stuff going on every weekend. This past Sunday we watched a parade with Mariachi bands from all over the world. It is a yearly competition they have in Mexico.
The rich colours, music, clothing, horses makes for a pretty spectacular show. A social affair and even after the parade people hanged around the street filled with small vendors and restaurants till late the afternoon.
" Mariachi is a type of musical group, originally from Mexico, consisting of at least two violins, two trumpets, one Spanish guitar, one vihuela (a high-pitched, five-string guitar) and one guitarrón (a small-scaled acoustic bass), but sometimes featuring more than twenty musicians."
Check his hand, that's not from pushing papers around
After party goes on in the street. It's crazy how sociable the Mexicans are, you can just join in with the fun if you wish.
Roads gets closed off every Sunday and people pitch up with anything with wheels and dogs and prams and just have a joll going up and down the length of the street.
Noob photographers and a few seemingly very impressive photography guru-master-teachers were practising and teaching the art of pin-up and model photography and I asked if they mind sharing the love. No problem, it's Mexico we share stuff here. So I got the chance to practice a quick few model shots. Never done that in my life
No, no not like that, let me show you! :D