Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
Gotta Love Southern Riders - Seriously!!
I've been in Arkansas for over a week helping my mother. She broke her shoulder and had to have surgery this past week to repair it (brought her home yesterday). She's doing well and a full recovery is expected after 6-8 weeks of recuperation and therapy. Needless to say it's been a very intense and stressful peroiod for all of us. Luckily my sister is here now as well and that's taking some of the pressure off, but it's been a tough week all around.
Her deacon at church stopped by last Sunday to check on her. He's ridden Harleys for a number of years and got his dream bike - 2007 Heritage Softail Classic - for his birthday this year. He's put about 5000 miles on it so he rides a good bit. Of course our conversation turned to bikes and riding and along the way he told me to come grab his bike if I want to take it for a ride. I said the polite, "sure, thank you" stuff as usual, not really expecting to go ride it. The next day his wife came by and dropped off the keys to the bike, and said to just come get it anytime I want to go! Since Mom was going into the hospital early Wednesday I wasn't able to ride beforehand, but he left the keys at her house anyway. Today I figured, what the hell, so I called and asked if it was OK. He was headed out of town but left a helmet and jacket on the seat of the bike in his carport and said come get it and go ride as much as I want. So I did! I rode a 70+ mile stretch of the Crowley's Ridge Parkway from Forrest City to Jonesboro and it was a blast! Had some lunch, turned around and rode the same scenic, winding tarmac all the way back home. Sunny, fall breeze, and 70 - 75 degrees all day. 140 or so miles of head cleansing motorcycling bliss!
I called him tonight to thank him and told him what a great time I had, and to meet up to return his keys. He wouldn't take them back; insisted I keep them and go for another ride tomorrow! And I really tried to give them back, but he would have none of it. So before he leaves for Sunday School in the morning he'll put the jacket, helmet and gloves back on the saddle, and I guess I get to go roam the countryside on his steed once again.
So, to John Harbin Sr., my 2 wheeled benefactor - Thank you, my riding brother, for bringing some much needed stress relief and biking happiness to an otherwise rough couple of weeks! There's a bike for you in California anytime you want to ride it!
San Jose, CA
2010 R1200RT Polar Metallic
Booze Brother #4
The shortest distance between two points is for people who don't ride!
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