@desh: A friend of mine came down in a break-away crash on the Sha3 race a few weeks ago. He was sporting large patches of road rash like yourself but let me in on a cycling tip. Once they get a couple of days of healing under that big scab they liberally apply Preparation-H all over. Scab will vanish in no time he tells me. Allows them back on the bike sooner as the scabs are totally inflexible.
Brian that must have been a scary experience alright. And things can and do happen in a split second-especially on a busy road like the N11. Im glad you're ok. Im sure you're also glad you're ok!
Wishing you a speedy recovery and hope your bike recovers too!
R.I.P Cateye hemlet