I had a unique experience this morning. I was getting my gear on while admiring the falling snow. I walked out into the garage and went through my usual Ural starting procedure. The sidecar roared to life and I pushed it out of the garage to warm up while I finished getting ready.
I turned to go back in the house and I heard a voice behind me. I turned and saw a red car parked in my driveway and a guy wearing a black coat walking up to me. I just stopped and stared thinking "who is this guy?" "Why does he have such a big grin?" "Am I supposed to know him?"
He stuck out his hand, so I shook it.
He said "You are freaking awesome man! I see you often on my way to work. I just wanted to meet you."
A bit dumbfounded, I said "thanks"
Him: "Wow. What is it? How old is it?"
Me: "2009 Ural patrol"
Him: "so cool! Can I look at your other bikes? I ride an ST1100."
He took a few minutes looking and then got back in his car. I was surprised. It is one thing to have people write it online, but it was a very humbling experience for me to hear it from a complete stranger looking me in the eye after going out of his way just to say so.
I made his day by just doing what I love: riding, and he made mine in return.
You're freaking awesome man, thanks for taking the time to stop and say hi.
PS: the ride to work in the snow was fun!