Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | August 28, 2019

Encounter Beside The Road

I helped a guy today who was riding his bicycle to work and had a flat tire on the bike path in front of my house.

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I was outside working on the lawn near the road, and he asked if I had a compressor with a new-type valve inflator that he could use. I told him I did not have that type of valve inflator, and he thanked me and continued on his way.

I stopped him about 20 feet later and said, “Hey where do you work?” He said about a half-mile away, just around the corner, at the foundry. I told him that my bike rack was still on the back of the car, and that I will load up his bike and give him a ride to work. He was grateful.

As we travelled to his workplace, we talked a bit, and he happened to mention that he just got out of the service. We arrived at work, unloaded his bike, and he thanked me for a big favor as he thought he was going to be late for work for sure. I told him that I like to help people out whenever I can, and I would hope that folks would do the same thing for my wife and kids if they ever needed assistance. Then I thanked him for his service to our country.

As he was walking away, I saw the back of his shirt. It read: “Operation Enduring Freedom.” In that moment, I realized that it was “he” who had done “me” the great favor, one that I could never repay. I think in the end that he was as much or more of a blessing to me today then I was to him.


  1. Nice post. Thanks for helping him out, Mike. 🙂

  2. That is a wonderful, meaningful story! I’m glad you were there at the right time…. or maybe it was he who was there at the right time. 👍


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