There are truly lots of great people who are willing to help out a stranger. I should know, I’m usually the one who needs to be rescued. I’ve had strangers help me change a flat tire at 1 am, jump start my rental car, and walk the final mile of a 1/2 marathon with me – just to name a few.
The path along the canal was busy today. I love riding my bike and people watching as well as nature watching. The water levels are high due to the recent storms and the canal looks like a miniature river of bright green and strangely pretty foam. I think the technical term for it is algae.
I rode out of my driveway knowing I would have just enough time to finish my normal route and then shower before my chiropractor appointment – no more, no less. I could lie and say it’s because I’m an expert at time management; but the truth is that I got lost in what I was working on and decided to risk that nothing would go wrong.
Other than the fact that I only have one working gear setting and my bike desperately needs a tune up the ride was uneventful. That was, until I spotted a young couple wrestling with a kayak.
When I say wrestling, I mean wrestling. All ninety pounds of her attempted to pull the waterlogged kayak up the bank while her companion tried to push it out of the water.
I didn’t give it a second thought and I stopped, “Do you need some help?”
“Ummm…yeah…I think we do…” she replied.
Together we maneuvered the vessel further up the embankment.
“Can we try and dump some of the water now? I think it would make it easier to pull it the rest of the way,” I said.
She tugged, “I don’t know if that will work.”
“Let’s try it,” I said.
We flipped the boat on the count of three. As I expected – water drained, the kayak became lighter, and we were able to pull it to shore. During the process we exchanged first names and tidbits about Nebraska and Minnesota.
I waited to make sure they both made it back in the water with no further problems and waved goodbye.
Norah returned the wave as her kayak slipped under the bridge, “Thank you! You are the good Samaritan of the day.”
I was late for my appointment, but my chiropractor and I agree it was worth the delay. Everything about it makes me smile.