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Yesterday I pulled into the town of Eminence, Missouri and as I spoke about in my previous post, Wil and his family were incredibly gracious and kind..inviting me to join them and treating to me breakfast!
Learning about road closures, alternate routes, eclipse traffic and severe weather I decided to get a campsite in town for the night. A while back I noticed my back wheel was out of whack and had about a 1/2 inch of play from side to side when I would grab the tire. This could be dangerous going around corners or steep downhills and if not repaired could get worse. When I took the bags off my bike I noticed it had gotten worse. I pitched my tent and would work on a solution in the morning. When I woke up I did some research on YouTube and couldn't really come up with a solution to my bike issues. There was a small store adjacent to the park office that I patronized for a much needed cup of coffee! I told the gentleman about my bike issue and asked if he knew anyone from the community that could possibly give me a ride to the nearest bike shop. They tried all they could but were unable to come up with someone that could help me. I went back to where my bike and campsite were trying to come up with a solution. I called the bike shop, explained the issue and they told me they couldn't diagnose the issue over the phone but it sounded like it was either a broken axle or unpacked bearings...either would require the services of a bike mechanic.
So, I remembered Wil gave me his email address and told me to keep in touch. I decided to email him and asked him if he knew anyone from the local area that could help me. About 3 hours went by and I hadn't heard back from Wil so I decided the best option was to go back to the highway and try to hitch a ride. As I was getting my things together my phone rang and it was Wil. What he said to me gave me chills! Wil said that he hardly ever checks his email...maybe once every 3 weeks or so. He and his wife Kathryn were having a conversation and Wil said "I need to go check my email" Kathryn said "you never check your email"! When Wil opened his email and saw my name and read my message he told his wife "God is calling me to help Dan". He called me and asked me if I still needed a ride. I told him I did and he said "the Lord is calling me to help you and that is what I'm going to do". Wil drove 45 minutes to the campground...we loaded my bike and gear into his truck and he drove me 95 miles to the bike shop so I could get my bike repaired! I can't adequately express my thanks to Wil and Kathryn, but please know I am so grateful for your kindness and compassion. We all hear so much negativity in the news but I am here to tell you that the people of America are incredibly kind, caring and compassionate and don't let anyone tell you anything different!