The story above is by WFAA's Craig Civale. If anyone wants to use the photos on the blog here feel free. I wish I had some better photos to share. Guess I don't! If we only knew that photo of him at Lemmon Lake among a bunch of ramshackle old Depression era shacks were to one day end up on Channel 8. Wow. Thanks WFAA and Craig Civale for doing a story about Michael. It means a lot to many.
I went to Baylor yesterday evening to visit Michael. He's in a medically induced coma. His ICU room on the 4th floor faces southeast with large bay windows. Spread before me like some Reveau Bassett mural I could see some of the places we rode together. The Santa Fe Trestle Trail, Wonderview, the water tower marking the wastewater plant, McCommas Bluff and in between all that,the mass of green that people call the Great Trinity Forest. It was a strange feeling seeing it, with my ears listening to the muted echoes of a breathing machine in the background, the beeps and pops of computerized machines displaying his vital signs like a wild afternoon on the Greek stockmarket. Surreal.
I updated the original post from yesterday on how someone can help the McNair family. I'll post it again here. The link below goes to a secure website setup for donations to the family, started by the friends of the McNair Family http://mcnairfamily.chipin.com/medical-and-incidental-expenses-for-the-mcnair-family
Their website reads:
His injuries draw a strong parallel to the story of golf analyst David Feherty. In 2008 he wrote an article for D Magazine about his wreck. He was hit in front of the Bed Bath and Beyond on Park Lane at Greenville Avenue and joked that he was hit so hard that he ended up in the "Beyond" part. His story provides a little humor to a dark chapter in anyone's life. It can be read here David Feherty Got Hit By A Truck And Lived To Tell About It
Michael has volunteered so much of his own personal time and talents for DART and the city government with bike related issues and mass transit I hope they hatch a plan to help in some way. Few people do so much as a private citizen as Michael McNair.
|Michael's bike on left with his friend Chandra on right|
Bike commuters take a more blue collar approach to cycling than other disciplines on two wheels. Where road cyclists often look for lightweight bikes and gear to go faster....commuter cyclists focus more on durability and strength of parts. Micheal is an expert at blending his knowledge of components into the best bike possible. He carries tools, tools to fix the tools and emergency supplies when all that fails. He even carries coffee making supplies on his bike.
Just a stunning jolt to everyone that a cyclist so prepared can be injured in this way.
This is just the beginning of a long road to recovery. A road I know one day he will ride away on, with a bike.