|From Behind My Eyes - The Adventures of Tim Stubbe||
.The ride from Goodland to Junction City was good most of the day, but the last 20 miles we did in rain, hail and wind. kind of hard to get 500+ bikes to pull of so we pressed on and got to Junction City, the local Nazerene Church (host for us) opened up the church for the campers to stayin over night. We had tornado warnings most of the night but didn't see or hear any.
The ride from Junction City to Wentzville Missouri was (personally) a little more harrowing.
I was having issues all day keeping the trailer lights working, kept blowing a fuse (under the seat) and finally stopped at Columbia and had a HD dealer take a look. They told me it was fixed and I proceeded to try to catch up with the group in Wentzville. 10 minutes out the lights died again, the skies started to darken and it stated to hail. I pulled of under underpasses a couple times and finally got to Wentzville.. GPS missed some newly made roads and pushed me down a deadend street. As I was trying to get turned around, I got the bike burried to the balls in mud, THEN, the skies opened up and between the torents, lightening and wind I was STUCK.I was about to toss in the towel when. suddenly a guy walked out from his home and asked me if I could use a hand. BOY HOWDY!!!!... Well we unhooked the trailer, then, he tied a line to my trailer hitch and pulled me out of the mud. Thats when I found I could'nt get the cl utch to engage. I managed to get into nutreal. Well the rain was comming down even harder and I asked him if I could use is garage to sleep the night.. He said NO, he didn't have a garage, then offered me his motorhome to sleep in that night. Best night sleep I have had in 5 days.
Next morning I got up and grabbed my coffee maker and made a cup.. and called AAA to get a tow truck to take me into St Charles. The Dealer at ST Charles Motorsports as very accomodating and told me he'd get the bike back up an running. He just called me a few minutes ago and it should be done tomorrow noonish.. He also found the issue with the trailer lights and fixed that. I'm hopefull.
That being said, I'll press on tomorrow into Indiana find a place to light (hotel I'm sure) and then get and early start and either catch up to the group or get to Manassas and get my hotel (reservations already made).. I'm telling you that the good samaritan that helped me out in a very wet and disguesting few hours, saved my bacon. Thanks Dan McGill.. You made a new friend.
I"m staying at a freinds in St Charles tonight and will play each day as it comes.
As bad a it was for me, I learned this morning about the Torando in Oklahoma and that pales my experience considerably. I came out of that mess in Wentzville with only a clutch issue and they lost so many lives. I guess all those good things I've done in the past was my payback last night....
For everyone that was sending me texts, mail, and Facebook post, thanks...
Your prayers were appreciat