Hey. Where Are Those Mentions?
Wow. The blog has some followers because I’ve received emails asking about my dispatches. So here they are!
August 19th – Harrisburg, PA to Sterling, VA
First mention goes to Sean in Harrisburg, PA. I had just come out of the Governor’s office in the the Capitol and donned my gear to head for Gettysburg.
Jacket – on; messenger bag with computer – on; helmet -on; turn the key and light the fire. Check over my shoulder for traffic and ease out the clutch to move forward. Dang – the fork lock is still on. I slam in the clutch and roll off the throttle as Dave slowly begins to tilt to the right. It’s at this point that I realize I’m not going to be able to hold the 750 pound bike upright, and I slowly let Dave ease to the ground.
Fortunately, with the saddlebags and luggage nothing but the bags and the right foot peg touch the ground.
Helmet off; messenger bag off; jiffy stand deployed; butt against the saddle and beginning to implement the approved “get your bike upright routine,” when this very nice young man – Sean – rushes in to help the guy with the grey hair. 10 seconds later Dave is upright and none the worse for wear.
So, Mention in Dispatches to Sean of Harrisburg. Thanks, Sean!
Would You Like A Few Big Macs with That Coffee? And No, You Can’t Pay
The second act of random kindness comes first from Laura and then from Steve, the owner of the McDonald’s on Bumble Bee Hollow Road in Carlisle, PA.
I rolled in to have a cup of coffee and check my email and the next thing I know Laura had seen the Tour de USA sign on the back of Dave and talked with the owner, who promptly provided lunch, gratis. Thank you Steve and Laura. And, be sure to check and track that PSA!