Take care of that knee! But glad Dakota is back together. I'm still in clutter, but it is getting better. Probably 2 more weeks before the house is done. ;-)
Some days are just made to reunite friends. Yesterday was one such day. What began as an ordinary day turned out to be an incredible blessing, three times in a row!
I needed to pick up Dakota. I had him shipped from Evansville, IN to my friend, Cathy’s house in Florida. I hadn’t seen Cathy since I left Florida in April so my heart filled with anticipation as her husband picked me up and drove me to their home. She and I have known each other since 1986. She’s just down home good people. See her made my heart sing.
Then I spied him. Dakota lay lifeless in a box marked “Schwinn”. No offense but Dakota is a custom built Waterford touring bike, thank you very much. I noticed right away there were some holes in he box. That couldn’t be good. Could it? I cut the tape and peered inside. There he was, all taken apart and packed inside cardboard. My eyes filled with tears.
As I began the task of reassembling my disassembled workhorse of a bike, my phone rang. I stared at the caller ID in disbelief. It was BiknJeanne! I call Jeanne Hargrave the Godmother of cyclotouring. She’d introduced me to traveling by bicycle and taught me how to live on the bike.
Jeanne lives less than five miles away and volunteered to come help me with Dakota. I’d not seen her since I relocated to central Florida four years ago. And she brought tools! She ambled in tools, in hand and together we tackled Dakota. We worked for a couple of hours together putting him back together again.
Maybe all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again, but two women with tools had no problem putting Dakota back together. And, to put icing on an already delicious cake, Jeanne showed me tricks and shortcuts that saved time and were better for the bike.
Today, I will actually get on Dakota and test him to make sure we put everything back together the right way. I’ll also test my knee to see if it has healed enough to endure repeated pedaling. I feel very confident about Dakota. My knee may need a little more TLC before it’s ready to take to the open road again but I’ll know tomorrow!
It’s going to be a GREAT day! So what’s next for the Road to Freedom Tour? Right now, I’m looking at a possible October departure back on the road again, helping women who are the victims of violent assault. I find myself singing, “On the road again, I can’t wait to get on the road again…“
My day holds repairing an online college class where some vital assignment instructions somehow got out. And packing, a little more seriously, for my mid-Oct. move to son's house to help him care for his kids he'll have time. I'm thankful things are getting done step by step, and delighted for your wonderful help yesterday.