22 October 2010

A Friend Indeed.

I have extraordinary friends. Terry is one of 'em. He uncomplicated my life considerably yesterday. Let me tell ya how-

The Goldwing was in a little town five hours away. My initial plan was for Sara Jean and I to drive there, do what was necessary to take possession of the bike, then drive home... me on the bike with SJ following behind.
I was gonna have to drive it no matter what, but it sure seemed a waste for her to spend all that time in the car.

And then I thought of Terry.
My friend Terry is a former student (and now a commercial helicopter pilot), who comes along for our annual goose roundup and insures we get the job done efficiently. He's a great mechanic, and when things break down he either has the tool to fix the problem or knows where he can get it. Terry lives about halfway along the route to get the bike.

"Hey man, what plans do you have for tomorrow?"
"None really. Why?"
"Ready for a road trip?"

So I set off and stopped about mid-way at Terry's house.
Terry has a trailer to pull behind his truck.
Terry said, "I think the easiest way to do this would be to just load it on the trailer, don't you?"

We drove another two hours, and Terry secured the Goldwing while the owner and I took care of the paperwork.
We drove back to Terry's house to pick up my car, then drove home in our individual vehicles, me following along behind to insure the Goldwing was secure. We arrived just after dark, both of us tired and ready for a beer or two, then bed.

I don't know how transporting the bike 300 miles could have gone any easier.
How do you put a value on a friend like this?

Thank you Terry!


cj said...

It's good to have friends like that and it's good to know the new 'baby' is safely home.

Here's to many pleasant rides for you and SJ.


The Old Man said...

Outstanding. Pearls beyond price are friends like that. Bless ya, Terry. But remember the Karma Fairy's Ironclad Rule - "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished". Be very careful....

On a Wing and a Whim said...

Friends are absolutely awesome, that's for sure. Glad you got it home safe!