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    So, yesterday (Saturday) was one of those days. Hot, humid, fair... perfect day. My only goals were to trim the pear tree out front, get two rides in- powered and pedal, and mow the grass. Got all these in.

    Now, I usually have my phone stuck upon my body somewhere. Yesterday, I had it on a charger in the garage. Well, long about 5:00ish, I was finishing up the back yard, and Beth came out to show me her weather app radar, there was a small but angry RED storm cell just to the west, moving our way... the only one in the entire state! And it got dark, and I heard some BOOMs.

    I came in, got my phone, and it was lit up with FB Messenger messages. Rudy had tried to reach me and had my old cell number. I called him. Rudy was rolling solo with a friend, from Tennessee to Benton Harbor, Michigan, and had taken refuge at the Harley dealer three miles west of my house!

    Told him I was on my way... he said DO NOT RIDE! DRIVE!



    Big D (damp from yard work sweat) and Outrider (damp from the downpour)



    Rudy told me they just hit a wall of water. True- I hit it, driving up there, and the Camry's wipers couldn't handle it.

    Kev- it was just like Iowa. Here, "slacking off"






    Half hour later, gone!

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    Well, I feel terrible for forgetting Rudy's friends name. The memory is going away, folks. And, looking at the first pic, it looks like the hair is going away as well.
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  • #2
    That's a nice experience, except for the rain of course.
    I guess IU should move, closer to where there is more HERD action.
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    • #3
      Rudy and his companion had, in typical HERD fashion, just decided to see what Lake Michigan looked like, and set off to Benton Harbor. No gear... just throw a leg over and go!



      I feel terrible that Rudy couldn't get a-hold of me. He said he was passing by Muncie and thought I could ride a leg of the trip. I would have, too. As it turned out, Beth and I could have provided sanctuary as the timing was just right.

      Now all of you know I don't hold Harley-Davidson dealerships in much regard. But the one in Muncie was closing when Rudy came along, and they stayed open and provided sanctuary to them, along with two other couples.

      The dealer is Benson Harley-Davidson. Now, I went all through the grades and high school with Beanie (Phil) Benson. I'm going to call Phil on Monday, and tell him to personally thank his staff that stayed open and provided shelter. The service manager heard it from me, but these people need to hear it from the boss.

      Last edited by Big D; 08-05-2018, 08:40 AM.
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      • #4
        Who ever the store manager is is a fine person for staying open. I don't believe every manager would have done that .
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        • #5
          Cool story.
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          • #6
            Plus 3x for the after hours shelter and for the meeting.
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            • #7
              Some of my photos won't "stick" hmmmm...

              Here's Rudy and I at the dealer

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              • #8
                Tell that dealership a big thanks from the whole HERD for takin' care of Rudy for us!
                Ride EVERY CHANCE YOU GET. Father Time is undefeated.

                Ride in Peace, Ricky "Rubberdown" Massey
                Ride Forever Free, Larry Weaver
                See you on the other side, Jeff.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LilJo View Post
                  Tell that dealership a big thanks from the whole HERD for takin' care of Rudy for us!
                  I just did. I wrote Phil Benson (old classmate) of Benson Harley-Davidson an e-mail of what his folks did, and to round 'em up and tell him we are grateful.

                  Now, I don't/won't buy anything there (or at any other dealership) other than an oil filter, or to burn a gift certificate. But Phil is a good dude.


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                  • #10
                    Great story. Glad you two got to meet up and great that the dealer held his doors open as a port in the storm for weary travelers, especially our own herdster.
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                    • #11
                      How great is that, a Herd sighting, and a great dealership to keep their doors open for them....awesome!!
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                      • #12
                        Nice story Big D. I'm glad Rudy was able to find shelter from the strom and hold up in the dealership. It was very nice of them to stay open like that to help out a rider in need.
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                        • #13
                          Rudy has been making his rounds lately. I have a feeling he will catch up to my saddle miles very soon.
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