Friday, October 9, 2009
Our exciting Day with the Motorcycle
We woke up at 5:30 this morning....still trying to adjust to the 6 hour time difference. So since Alabama is an hour later than here, I spent the morning uploading photos and blogs about our Swiss trip. The sun came up to a clear blue sky, and the temperature when we woke up was already 77 degrees. Forgetting past trips in the heat, we thought it would be a perfect day for a motorcycle ride, and we left in our shirt sleeves around 10:30 a.m.
Our plan was to stop to see our friends, Peggy and Jesse....first Peggy in Ozark at the art gallery where she works, and then at Jesse's barber shop in Dothan. We did okay while we kept moving even though the temperture was hovering around 90 degrees. When we stopped at the gallery, we discovered that J&P were gone for the weekend to celebrate their anniversary.
So since it was so hot, we headed back the way we came. We were about 5 miles out of Ozark when we noticed that the kickstand was scraping when we did the tiniest corner, so we stopped to look at the tires. We found that the back tire was nearly completely flat. We stopped on a bridge to look, and the next three cars that came by stopped to help us. We thought we would be fine as we had a can of fix a flat on board. However, we soon realized that the tire was totally shot! The next truck that stopped had a man with a phone book, and he knew the name of the motorcycle dealer in Ozark (where we got tires for the bike two years ago). He called them, and before we could even get heat stroke, they were there with a trailer and a blissfully cool pickup with a crew cab. They found a tire in stock and fixed our tire for us, and wouldn't even hear of us paying for the tow! While we waited, they insisted we take the store truck and go get lunch. Honestly, it makes me humble to see how nice everyone is down here!