Post splashdown. Glad I had a support crew to help pull me out. Thanks again guys.
I came over a small rise at about 25-30 mph and the road made a small bend to the left at the top. When I tried to correct to the left the front tire just kept sliding to the right. I had bled off some speed and probably hit the ditch at 15 mph or so. Damn that water got deep quick. I got it aimed back toward the road but ran out of momentum and traction before I got back out of the water. No real damage to the bike, other than need a towel and blow dryer.
Still draining water out the weep holes several minutes after exiting that massive hole. It didn't look that deep as I was sliding off into it. Glad I kept it upright though, water in the intake would have made a bad day worse. Still smiling though.
You would think after this I would have the good sense to just turn around and head back to the blacktop. Nope. It took the following spot to make me realize that when you try to mud wrestle with a 700 pound pig, the mud wins every time. I managed to pick up the bike before the photo crew showed up.
Not sure if you can see the large clumps of mud on the slider and left bag (near right knee). What you can't see from this angle is the mud on every padded surface on the left side of my pants and jacket. Also a sizable clump on the left side of the helmet and visor. ATGATT, even when riding in the mud at 10 mph. My left thumb tried to remove the windshield, but only got two of the plastic bolts. My thumb hurt a bit Sunday, but was fine by Monday. I think I pulled a couple of muscles in my arms when I picked up the bike, but those are back to normal now.
Anyone wanting to tag along with me next year will be required to sign a liability waiver.