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I hobbled and even crawled around at home for a day after this ride before submitting to X-rays which showed my foot wasn’t broken. Its toes, top and sides took turns turning blue for several weeks — tissue damage, I guess — but two months later it’s only sore if I curl my toes or sit cross-legged. Good enough.
With the gear change, I didn’t have my emergency beacon with me but wouldn’t have used it anyway since I was in no danger. It has to be a real emergency before I think about paying for a helicopter ride. It does highlight the usefulness of having a non-emergency channel of communication like inReach or SPOT. Had I been unable to ride, I could see calling friends for assistance.