Monday, March 24, 2008
San Francisco Bay Area trail runner, Steve Ansell, was hit by a large truck just outside the small town of Ojai, California shortly after 6pm on Friday, March 21st. He was kept under close supervision for the next 33 1/2 hours as his condition was really touch-and-go. His vitals fluctuated wildly throughout the two day ordeal and he could be heard mumbling strange, nonsensical utterances. One close observer mentioned hearing phrases such as "22 degrees at Rose Vally, 95 at Thacher", "homemade pot stickers, PB&J burrito, giant Easter Bunny" and something about being "passed by an antelope wearing a headlamp whose feet didn't touch the ground." Steve was kept at the Rancho Grande near highway 33 where there was some sort of "endurance run" taking place. Fortunately, for him, the incredible staff of volunteers who were in attendance for this event were not only able to keep Steve out of critical danger, but are really due much credit for his very survival. Some time shortly after 3:30am Sunday morning, Steve spontaneously came to and, still relatively incoherent, began stumbling around "The Ranch" thanking people and shaking hands. After taking in some nutrients and sharing tales of the, obviously fever induced, dreams that he had of the past two nights, he was transported a few hours north where he is currently convalescing at private residence in the city of Arroyo Grande. He is expected to make a full recovery and has plans to publish the memoirs of his recollections once he is able to "sort out the scrambled eggs that used to be my brains" (his words).