Yesterday was perfect wheather for a nice long bike ride.I took my trike recumbent & hit the road.The other end of town had quite a few new developements on the pricey end,so I thought I drive around & admire the architecture with the upscale landscaping. I kind of lost my sense of direction as I twisted & curved through roads that often ended in cul-de-sacs.I was just out enjoying the ride,so it didn't matter to me if I had to ride around awhile till I found my way back in the direction of home. I was going down a very steep hill.The trike really flies on a downhill.Thump,thump,thump....the left front tire went flat,pulling me to the left as I braked to a stop. Oh well,I got my tire levers out & a spare tube.I removed the old one & found that the rim tape was not completely covering a spoke end.This punctured the tube on the inner aspect of the tube. On putting in the spare tube,I find that the presto valve is defective & won't hold air.Not wanting to damage the rim,I am going to have to walk the bike home.I figured that I was a good 8 miles from home.If you ever had to push a trike bent,you know that you can't stand up straight & push it.It's low to the ground,requiring you to lean way over the whole time.You hold onto the top of the seat & continuously lean over to correct the steering .If that wasn't bad enough,I wasn't quite sure which way was home.There were a lot of really steep hills that I was not looking forward to going down,then finding that it was the wrong way & have to push it back up. I passed by a home that had a construction van in the drive & the garage door open.Giving a "Helloo" into the garage,a workman came out.I asked if he could give me directions to the nearest main road that would lead me in the direction of home.I told him where I was headed.He saw that I would have to push the trike for many miles. Wasn't I surprised when he went over to the van & started to unload the back.He said,"I'll give you a lift,just throw the bike into the back". Not only did he get me back to the main road,He drove me all the way home. I thanked him & tried to give him $10 so he & his coworker could go have a few beers on me.He adamently refused a tip.No thanks,he said."I was just glad to be neighborly.Just return the favor to the next guy who needs help." I started out thinking that my day was ruined when I got that flat.Who would have thought that it would end in a smile? john
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