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A VIsit With Ashwin's Family

I wanted to post this in the Fallen Friends section, but I guess I'm too new. I also seem to be too new to post the links for the pics or our other forum. I'll add them when I have the proper post count... Admins, if you would please move it to the proper section. Thanks.



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I have to admit that my mind and thoughts are very jumbled right now, so I knwo that this will be a bit of a rambling.

Yesterday morning I had the luxury of spending time with Ashwin's family. We had a long conversation that ran the full spectrum of emotions.

Ashwin's parents are wonderful people and I look forward to geting to know them better. I will have the opportunity as they have invited me to return for different reasons and occasions. I am grateful for the invitation and will certainly return.

I want to share some things with all of you and i intend to share more as things progress. I also want to make myself available to questions any of yo may have, and I will always do my best to answer them.

First of all, a great deal of our conversation revolved around what happened. I did my best to describe everything in detail, and even used Rohini's (Ashwin's cousin) Mac to pull up arial maps of the turn, upload pictures and videos to present and give to them. They were very grateful. I will be sharing those pics and vids with all of you in time, but at the end of this post, I will be presenting some pics that many of you may wish to see, while others may not. I have recieved the blessing of Ashwin's parents to do so. Their hope is that they will help others in some way.

Ashwin's family has asked that I assist them with the dissemination of Ashwin's belongings from his garage, stating that I knew what he has in there better than anyone else. Although I'm not convinced that is accurate, I know that I'm very familiar with what is there. Therefore, I promised them that I would help. My goal is to make things available for sale to members of both forums so that Ashwin's family could recoup the costs involved as a result of Ashwin's death. I'm certain there is more than is apparent. Once I am able to inventory everything, I will make it known and setup a process for everyone to have an opportunity to purchase what they would like. All remaining items will be made available to the public for sale through eBay or some similar process. I ask that you all be patient with this, as it will take time.

On a sidenote, I understand that the CLSB group has the intention of completing the rebuild of the Yamaha RD that Ashwin began. I don't know if many of you know, but tha RD came from one of the YZF members (Insulinboy), as a gift of sorts. If I recall correctly, the bike fell victim to a flood some years back, and Insulinboy offered it to Ashwin, recognizing that Ashwin and he shared the same love for that particular model two-stroke. The only caveat was that Ashwin wold have to pick it up from Camden, New York. He drove out there on his own, overnight, and returned the next day. He was so excited. Well, Insulinboy had this to share with me after he had spent some time on the CLSB board:

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I decided I would just let the RD go to CLSB, there are so many there that could benifit from having that part of ash and I cant be so selfish as to take it away from them for myself. Im glad that he shared it with so many there and that I was not the only one he shared that part of his life with. I will still find an RD here localy eventualy that I will build in his honor, true it wont be THAT RD, but it could mean just as much to me. Id still love for you to make a design for the tank for me, I cant make any promises as to when it will happen but I will make somthing happen in memmory of ash, even if its not an RD. Whatever bike I may get the tank will be dedicated to him


On a different topic, while speaking with Ashwin's parents, I made tham aware of some pictures I was given by one of our YZF members that was there at the time of the accident. I promised not to share that member's name out of a respect of privacy. The pictures were of the accident scene and the events around it. They may make some uncomfortable, so I will only post a link to them instead of posting them directly.
I also have a video of my ride to the scene, up until I'm told it was Ashwin involved. This will be posted later as I still have to upload it. You don't have to view them. They are posted with his family's knowledge and permission.


While sharing these pictures and video with his family, Ashwin's father informed me as to the extent of Ashwin's injuries. This will hopefully settle some speculation and offer some closure. Ashwin's father told me that the Medical Examiner said Ashwin had suffered a broken right leg, a broken right arm (both on the side he went down on, which was also the side of him struck first by the car) a broken neck and cardiac arrest. All the result of the impact. I know that I was uncertain of his injuries when I arrived on the scene, and I had later heard from others that were there and attended to him that his neck seemed "loose" at the time they determined he had no pulse and began to administer CPR. The Medical Examiner affirmed that Ashwin would not have suffered as a result.


One last thing I need to mention. Ashwin's family believe this was Destiny and have found solace in that belief. I have to agree with them. Ashwin died doing one of the things he loved most. He most certainly was happy at the time and has left us all with memories, knowledge and awe.


That's about all I can handle right now.


I want you all to know that Ashwin's family if grateful for all you have done.


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Thank you for posting this, Nelson, and for keeping his family comforted during this time. You are a good friend. Thank you for keeping us in the loop on things. I would love to contribute to the restoration of the RD. What a great way to continue Ashwin's memory. Even with some of the time that has passed, the thought os his passing still emotionally affects many of us. It's also served as a HUGE lesson to me personally, one that I reinforce with friends and family: Every day is important and every moment is to be cherished.

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Thank you for sharing Loki, it really means alot.

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Nelson, thank you for sharing this with all of us and thank you for all that you've done for Ashwin. Wish we could have met under different circumstances.

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Thanks to everyone for the kind words and willingness to help. At the moment, things are still up in the air. I have, however, PM'ed with Bruce and I have decided to accept his offer for housing Ash's bikes and such in order to clear out the garage ASAP while I work on the subsequent details.

Also, I apologize if we met at Ash's funeral and I don't recognize you here. It was a tough day and I had my best game face on. I remember faces better than names in any case, so please forgive me if I have trouble next time we meet face to face.

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Hello All -- I just got back from a vacation to North Carolina. I found out about Ashwin's death on Thursday and then left on Sunday morning with a group of friends. I was very nervous about the trip; Ash's death was weighing heavily on my mind and I was very anxious about doing the Dragon and riding in the area in general. I would try and try to get it out of my mind, but to no avail. After reading the posts of where the accident took place, I got a guardian bell and put a tiny label on it with Ashwin's name. When we were riding in the location of the accident, I tossed it from my bike off to the side, (but off the road) as a memorial item to him. I didn't want to take a chance on stopping. We finally rode the dragon and I was quite nervous; finally I just thought to myself "Ash -- you knew this terrain; help me do this safely." I swear I felt an immediate sense of calmness and peace come over me and I was able to complete the course with some sense of style (nothing like you sportbike types tho!). The day we left we had to ride thru the dragon again; this time in a TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR. I have never ridden in such horrible conditions. A tree went down in the dragon and water came across the roads like rivers flashflooding. I was terrified. Again I thought of Ash watching over me and guiding my movements and I got thru the ride safely. I know he was there with me in spirit and I'm glad I left the little memorial token for him.
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Nelson,

Thank you for all you have and will be doing for Ashwin and his parents. True friends are angels in disguise.

I look forward to seeing you again.

The update was much needed.

Gracias.

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I have been PMing with Nelson and since he can not post the pictures do to his low post count here are links to the photos and video. If this type of stuff bothers you then do not click the link.
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Thanks Nelson for all you've done....
Thanks for the update. If you ever need anything, you know we're here for you!

I am going to Gingerman this weekend. That's where Ash and I talked last. I'll make sure I go to that place, close my eyes, and take a moment to remember him from that day, smile all over his face, because he was at his happy place, the race track..

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I am in Tenn this week, and drove 120 miles out of the way to say a little good bye to Ashwin. I will be back down in the area at the end of the month to actually ride, and will put something up in memory or Ash and post some pics.

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Work sent me to TN as well this week. Made a small detour so I could go by the site. Was a very eery feeling driving (albeit as a passenger) on that road. Almost more technical than any other road I've ridden/driven, similar to the noodle roads in Calabasas, CA.

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Hi , any news / update on whats been happening at ashwins place ? can someone please give me nelsons email id ? thanks , this is a friend of ashwins from bangalore . Thank you .
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I only poke around here a little nowaday's. This is extremely sad. I only met Ashwin a handful of times. My most memorable was when he caught another CLSB member and I when we rode past were everybody stopped on an ABC ride. He caught up and led us back. Because of this he ran out of gas later and was on the side of the road, amused nonetheless. I think Nolan and Kim were there. Bruce had to get him a can of gas on his bike. I last ran across him when I was back in the US in May and we exchanged a few words. Good man. RIP Ashwin.

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I only poke around here a little nowaday's. This is extremely sad. I only met Ashwin a handful of times. My most memorable was when he caught another CLSB member and I when we rode past were everybody stopped on an ABC ride. He caught up and led us back. Because of this he ran out of gas later and was on the side of the road, amused nonetheless. I think Nolan and Kim were there. Bruce had to get him a can of gas on his bike. I last ran across him when I was back in the US in May and we exchanged a few words. Good man. RIP Ashwin.

From everything that I searched through, CLSB and others have been extremely supportive. If there are still any open donations I would like to help.

RIP Ashwin
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I only poke around here a little nowaday's. This is extremely sad. I only met Ashwin a handful of times. My most memorable was when he caught another CLSB member and I when we rode past were everybody stopped on an ABC ride. He caught up and led us back. Because of this he ran out of gas later and was on the side of the road, amused nonetheless. I think Nolan and Kim were there. Bruce had to get him a can of gas on his bike. I last ran across him when I was back in the US in May and we exchanged a few words. Good man. RIP Ashwin.

From everything that I searched through, CLSB and others have been extremely supportive. If there are still any open donations I would like to help.

RIP Ashwin
I remember that day as well. I waited with Ashwin as everybody went to find a gas station. He thought it was funny that the swarms of mosquitos were divebombing me rather than him. Good times.

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I only poke around here a little nowaday's. This is extremely sad. I only met Ashwin a handful of times. My most memorable was when he caught another CLSB member and I when we rode past were everybody stopped on an ABC ride. He caught up and led us back. Because of this he ran out of gas later and was on the side of the road, amused nonetheless. I think Nolan and Kim were there. Bruce had to get him a can of gas on his bike. I last ran across him when I was back in the US in May and we exchanged a few words. Good man. RIP Ashwin.

From everything that I searched through, CLSB and others have been extremely supportive. If there are still any open donations I would like to help.

RIP Ashwin
I had forgotten about that ride. I ribbed Ashwin about running out of gas from time to time. He always smiled and would say that he still made it to the gas station (with a little help).

Thanks for bringing back a fond memory for me.

If you ride like there's no tomorrow, today will be a BLAST!


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