It's not the first time he's been injured, but that doesn't make what happened to "Big" Ed Beckley on March 7 any less serious.
A spokeswoman for Beckley has confirmed that the daredevil, who had plopped down nearly $1 million to the state of Idaho for the right use the north side of the Snake River Canyon in an attempt to jump the span, suffered at least one broken rib after crashing his motorcycle in Hobbs, N.M. The spokeswoman said Beckley smashed his bike after jumping over eight cars but making a bad landing. "Big" Ed says he's expecting to be out of the hospital by later this week.
But "Big" Ed still has another significant hurdle to negotiate if he still wants to jump over the Snake River this September on the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel's ill-fated attempt to do the same. The Twin Falls City Council decided Feb. 10 that Beckley couldn't use the city's parcel of land on the south side of the canyon.
Beckley had already told Boise Weekly that he had a Plan B: reversing the direction of the jump by using the north side of the canyon as the launching pad and leasing a different, private parcel of land on the south side for a landing site.
"Look, we've got the big pea in the pod. We've got the right to jump over the canyon and we have the north side of the canyon from the state of Idaho," Beckley told BW. "Look here, I'm going to tell you right now: My hands are going to be on a set of handlebars on Sept. 7, 2014. We're jumping that sucker."