Good to hear you're still vertical and the bike's still functional. A bit "road warrior" looking, but functional.
Let's break it down.
I was able to walk away so that probably leans towards the not so bad spectrum.
Definitely nearer the "not as bad as it could have been" end of the crash spectrum.
I’m not sure if it was a high side or low, I still can’t tell the difference between the two.
From the list of damage, you probably lost the front end resulting in a low side. You'd have to experience a high side to believe it!
Upon leaving the restaurant 5 minutes later I was coming up to a left turn. I couldn’t see all the way around so I consciously went wide right to increase visibility and delay my apex as I’ve read in Proficient Motorcycling. Then it happened……. When it came time to turn/lean I was over too much and was skirting the sand/gravel on the edge.
Book learnin' is all well and good, but in this case was part of the cause of the crash. It's referred to as target fixation: you were so busy trying to set up for the turn that you forgot the number one rule of riding -- where you are at the moment is the most important thing you have to deal with, with whatever is coming up running a close second.
I’m not sure if it was a combination of too fast(probably), wrong place, or not enough experience, but I do know that I did have time to think,” straighten up” and “here we go!” before I was thrown and the bike went flying.
I'm sure about the last two. As for "too fast", only you can say for sure, but if you add "for my experience level" to it then I'd have to agree.
I’m sure inexperience played a part but I don’t think years of experience could have avoided the ditch
Do not underestimate the power of years of experience -- which sometimes manifests itself as "new and creative ways to crash", but more usually prevents getting into the situation in the first place.
and I remember saying, “Here we go” which may have allowed me to relax somewhat, because I distinctly remember seeing my hands hit the dirt.
A variation on target fixation -- crash fixation. It sounds for all the world like you let go of the bars as soon as you thought "here we go". In this case it may have saved you a broken collarbone if you were truly relaxed, whereas if you had hung on to the bars it may have slammed your shoulder into the dirt instead of your hands. Of course if you let go of the bars then a crash became a foregone conclusion! At least you kept your eyes open.
I had the wind knocked out of me, which is scary unto itself, my visor had been ripped off, my tank bag was under me and I and the bike were in a gully.
Ouch. Nothing compares to trying to take a breath and not being able to. While the tankbag undoubtedly contributed to knocking the wind out of you, it may have saved you the experience of broken ribs. Replace the helmet. The face plant (torn off face shield) is enough to warrant it. your neck will probably be stiff for a couple days.
If you think a crash is scary the second part is even more frightening. Realizing you are alone, on a road that is rarely used in the middle of nowhere, and getting dark. This part was the worst, I wasn’t sure if I was really ok, if my bike was working, and had no idea if I would be able to right it anyway.
I absolutely agree! It's even worse if you don't have the option of a cell phone.
With the help of adrenaline and shock I was able to get the bike back up, pick out all the grass and dirt and survey the damage.
This is called "a more accurate assessment of serious injuries" and can sometimes result in further injuries, but luckily not in this case.
Again, congratulations on your relatively unscathed escape from The First Crash. Now, if you haven't already done so take a beginning rider course and make every ride a training session in the essential develpoment of your instincts. Between training, a little luck, and constantly giving riding your undivided attention, hopefully this will be the one and only crash.