Gary and his lovely wife were, and are, marvelous people. Visiting with them was one of the highlights of our trip. His words are kind and gentle and make both Clif and me feel good. As those of us who ride the country know, meeting people is one of the blessings we seek. Everybody doesn't ride but many who don't feel a kinship with those who do. Perhaps it's that unanswered inner calling that helps develop the connection. But connections with people who do ride, such as Gary and his wife, those connections stay in the heart and are meaningful. I'm riding around the USA now and having similar experiences. Just spent a day with another BMW rider (Dan) who helped us find stuff we needed, gave an assist (through his wife) with a medical issue and joined us on our way back with directions and advice. Unforgettable. Ride, enjoy and treasure the memories. It is those memories that nobody can take away from you that are one of the foundations of a good life.