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ADV VideosWatch This Adventure Rider Fall Through a RailRoad Bridge!

Watch This Adventure Rider Fall Through a RailRoad Bridge!

Next time you consider crossing a sketchy railroad bridge, remember this!

Published on 06.29.2017

Warning: This video contains coarse language befitting the circumstances

We’ve all heard the expression stuck between a rock and a hard place but this video takes that expression to a new level!

Steve Green and Richard Whittaker were on a dual sport trip from Denver, Colorado to the remote town of Churchill, Manitoba when they fell into a bit of a tight squeeze. The last section of their journey was on a washed out and supposedly impassible stretch of railroad track that represented the only land connection for the small town of 899 people.


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What they didn’t know until they were already mid way into their adventure was that the rail line had flood-damage and was essentially out of commission cutting Churchill from the rest of the world by land.

Adventure Motorcycle ride to Churchill, Manitoba in Canada. Bridge Fall.

Steve and Richard were chugging along when they came upon what would be their eleventh bridge crossing. They preceded care free and without caution. One of the riders had time to ask over the helmet intercom “Any damage?” to the response of “Looks pretty safe.” before things took a turn for the worse. A railroad tie fell out from the tracks almost immediately as the rider made his way onto the span. The motorcycle and rider were folded into the gap between two ties with nothing underneath but clean air.

After a brief moment of panic, both men composed themselves and set to the task of freeing the rider and saving the bike. What ensued is pure adventure motorcycle comedy gold with quotes like: “I’m holding it all with my balls… go get a picture of me!”

While no one was seriously injured in this incident, the whole situation still could have been avoided had they been more cautious. As Steve says while trapped: “I shouldn’t have hit it, I should have checked it!”

Motorcycle Ride to Churchill, Manitoba in Canada leads to bridge accident
“There was no way to re-route – we ended up making a bridge across the gap with a couple of railroad ties that were laying around the vicinity.” – explained Richard.

After getting the memorable shot, they worked together successfully recovering the motorcycle and ventured on to become the first riders to make it to Churchill since Graham Oates in 1932.

Two lessons gleaned from this video:
1. When in doubt walk it before you ride it.
2. Always get a picture of your buddy before you come to their aid.

Photos courtesy Richard Whittaker

Author: Spencer Hill

“The Gear Dude” has been fueling his motorcycle addiction with adventure since first swinging his leg over a bike in 2010. Whether he’s exploring his own backyard in the Pacific Northwest or crisscrossing the United States, Spencer is always in search of scenic off-road routes, epic camping locations and the best gear possible. He began writing shortly after taking up two-wheel travel to share his experiences and offer insight with his extensive backpacking, camping and overland background.

Author: Spencer Hill
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Steve (aka Esteban) Green
Steve (aka Esteban) Green
June 29, 2017 7:19 pm

Actually it was not our 11th bridge … it was our first bridge but second wash out.
Stedve

Tim Bouvia
Tim Bouvia
July 5, 2017 9:52 am

Wow. balls of steel.

Hung James Wasson
Hung James Wasson
July 7, 2020 1:40 pm

Steve, I know this article is a few years old, but I’m hoping you and Richard can fill us in on how you and your bike were extracted from this situation! Is there video?

Steven Green
Steven Green
May 21, 2022 11:55 pm

Took the handle bars off and lowered it to the ground with ropes.

HUNTER
HUNTER
March 8, 2023 2:47 am

Hi Steve, I’m from Winnipeg and looking to get some information on the rail and riding conditions from Sundance and Churchill, I’d really appreciate your reply as I know of nobody else with knowledge of this route other than Richard and I don’t know how to contact him. You can reach me at hunterferrandmcbay@gmail.com thanks in advance!

Eric A.
Eric A.
June 29, 2017 7:39 pm

That was epic! LOL

Steve (aka Esteban) Green
Steve (aka Esteban) Green
June 30, 2017 7:35 am

My apologies… I guess it was our 11th bridge from where we got onto the track. I even said that on the video. It was our second washout.

ADV Pulse
ADV Pulse
June 30, 2017 3:50 pm

No worries Steve…It must all be a blur after going through that! Glad you are OK!

Mark
Mark
July 7, 2017 4:10 pm

Is there a back story as to why no one else has ever attempted to ride to Churchill? Was it illegal until now?

ADV Pulse
ADV Pulse
July 7, 2017 4:55 pm
Reply to  Mark

Good question Mark. We assume it has to do with how isolated Churchill is and that there are no roads there. By land, you can only get to Churchill by train. Recently, the only train to Churchill was suspended due to rail line damage though leaving the tracks unused.

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Eddie L Hill
Eddie L Hill
August 7, 2017 10:47 am

Holly sheet. Good thing for the rails in the middle. You were able to grab on, and I don’t think the bike could have fallen through due to the handlebars. But damn, you must have been scared sheetless.

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RobG
RobG
September 25, 2017 10:19 am

Sounds like the kind of trip I’d have… 🙂

Chris Brown
Chris Brown
December 20, 2017 9:25 am

He’s smart to have a buddy along…why I prefer having at least one along if not simply for some campfire conversation.

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