|"Miracle Gabi" and the Canadians|
Our good friend, Laura, joined us for the same portion of our tour as Gabi. The four of us had been cycling together across Germany for about one week. We were enroute to Donauworth for the day, cycling mainly down little-used side roads. It was overcast and threatening to rain.
We were on a particularly small and quiet side road when Laura's bike decided to blow a spoke. We stopped to have a look at it and hoped that it could be repaired on the spot, but we came to realize that that was simply not to be. We were in the middle of nowhere, about 8km from Donauworth and it was starting to drizzle. Our map indicated two bike rental shops in town, but no bike store or mechanic, so I expected the next few days to involve a lengthy solution in order to get back on the road.
Starting to formulate a plan, we were angling towards having Brent and Gabi continue on to Donauworth, and I would walk with Laura the 8km to Donauworth. None of us was happy with the plan but it was the best we (and when I say 'we', I mean, the three imagination-less Canadians) could come up with.
|One of Gabi's happiest moments on the tour|
We didn't even have time to convince Gabi that "Plan A" (logic, reason, and "sucking it up") was the way to go when down the road, traveling in our direction, appeared a small car towing a small horse trailer. Gabi marched out into the middle of the road, stopped the car, and had a conversation with the driver.
The horse trailer was empty.
The driver was a man, heading to Donauworth, with his son.
They piled Laura and Gabi's bikes and gear into the horse trailer, tossed Laura and Gabi into the back of the car, and before Brent and I could say WTF, they were off down the road.
Brent and I rode the rest of the way to Donauworth.
The man dropped Laura and Gabi off right at the bike repair shop in Donauworth.
The bike repair shop had Laura's bike repaired before Brent and I even reached Donauworth.
I will never forget "Miracle Gabi" Day.