.. and I was 3 bikes back in the pack. The bike in front of me indicated that there was a Piece of metal in the road but it was to late. I hit the metal it made a noise and I thought "oh no what did that scratch... But all seemed fine. But it had scratched something...stopped my oil line and oil was spraying all over my back tire. I slowed to round a corner and I was spinning. Then it stopped and I was thrown to the ground. Wow I sure wasn't expecting that. I have a couple of bruises the bike has a couple of scratches my favorite helmet will now be retired as I whacked my head pretty good but then that is what the helmet is for... it served it's purpose. For those who say when it's your time it's your time... really? Today I could be in one of the finest hospitals in Tulsa instead I am at home on the couch. I ache a little, tomorrow, I will probably ache some more. But I will recover. You know you can not predict or dictate when the unexpected happens. That's why you need protection. I know it's not popular with everyone to say this but please consider wearing a helmet. It is really basic insurance that you will get home from the ride you are enjoying. True it may not stop all injury but I can't imagine whacking my head as hard as I did and walking away unscathed if I wasn't wearing a helmet. Also one more unpopular topic with some but one I need to address. it would be very wise to make sure that you keep your business straight with God... something like this happening to you could insure an immediate face to face encounter with Him... just a word to the wise.