Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Redmond, WA, USA
Re: Stranded Rider - Wichita, KS
Well the CCR trips have been uneventful for me to date, so about time I had a little excitement in one. Left Friday from Raleigh around 2 made it to Nashville, got a late start on Saturday, but was going along pretty good, was on target to get to Wichita about 9 pm. When I cross the KS line, almost immediately started a bad wobble, unfortunately, knew what that meant, so got to the side of the road fast and sure enough the tire was flat. Pulled out my repair kit and plugged it, but the hole was too big and it wouldn't hold. So started calling friends and family and trying to figure out where I even was. A kind soul pulled up and volunteered to run home and get his trailer and put my bike up until I could get hold of my brother in Wichita, so off he went. In the mean time, the homeowner whose house I was in front of came out with bottled water and offered assistance. Two other people and state trooper stopped by, all ready to try and help. The first gent came back true to his word and we got the bike to his house. In the mean time, my brother had turned up a truck and trailer in Wichita so came to get me. By the time he arrived it was 1:30 am, but my good Samaritan was hanging in there and we were swapping stories (like Allen, he is with Patriot Guard and had lots of stories locally of their run-ins). So got the bike on trailer #2 and off the 150 miles to Wichita. About 50 miles from Wichita the trailer blew a tire, no spare, so we dropped it on the side of the road after much discussion and got back to Wichita about 6 am. Tractor supply opened at 9 and we were there waiting to get a tire and head back for the trailer and bike. When I went to pay for it, discovered that I had managed to lose my Visa card at one of my gas stops the previous day, so yet one more thing to take care of. Anyway back to the trailer, tire on, and bike finally in Wichita by noon. In the mean time, my friend Ed logged on in my name and got the posts started, and I've appreciated everyone's calls, posts and e-mails. Looks like I'm just going to hang out now until Tuesday and resume my trip then. See some of you in Boise, or other places down the road.