Crazy how things work out in life. Yesterday, I was heading to Lansing, everything was going great. The weather was perfect, not a lot of traffic on the back roads, and the scenery was good. I stopped to get coffee at about 2pm in Saline, Michigan. After the coffee, I go out to Scooter McGavin and he won't start. Nothing. Dead. No panic, just go over some steps to diagnose the problem. Most likely battery. I take the battery out and walk about a half a block to a car shop to test it. They test it, and tell me the battery is fine. Okay, sounds good. I go back to the scooter and hook it up, and try to start it. Same thing, dead. Hmm. I try to kick start the crap out of it, nothing. It's trying, but nothing. I kick start it with the throttle open and bam, it starts. Nice! Well, not really all that nice, the blinkers won't work. All of the other lights work, but not the blinkers. I tell myself "you're an idiot, should have checked the fuse." I check the fuse and yup, I blew the fuse. Weird. So I put it back and kick start it to go to the auto parts store. Make it to the auto parts store fine, walk in and get some fuses and walk out. I replace the fuse, and it starts right up... but then pop, I blew the new fuse. So now I'm thinking there must be a wire touching the frame of something. I look on my map to where there are some scooter shops around the area. First thing that pops up is Cafe Racer in Ypsilanti. Only about 10 miles away. Without blinkers I drive to Cafe Racer. I meet the owners John and Melissa, I tell them about what's going on and a little about my travels. They told me to wheel the bike around back and they'll see what's going on with it. So I wheel it around back and meet a mechanic named Ed. I tell Ed what's going on with it, and he starts to try to figure out what's going on. He testing the wires and nothing is wrong with them. He puts a new fuse in and it starts right up. Blinkers and everything working. Weird. I tell him and John that I'm sorry for wasting their time and pull out of the garage and head down the alley. Right as I'm about to pull off into the street, I hear a "waaaait", I look back and John is running at me. He said he seen some flickering in my brake light. I try the blinker and nothing. What the heck is going on? It's gotta be a wire touching the frame. So, as it was about closing time for the shop, John says to me "we have a lot of room at my house, you're staying with me. We'll look at the bike tomorrow." Wow! Thank you thank you! So they close the shop down, I throw my bag into his truck and me, John, and Melissa head to their home. At their house we enjoyed some good beer by the fire and some amazing food that Melissa had made. This morning we head to the shop and open it. Ed is now trying to figure out what's going on, John tells me "let's go for a ride." He gives me keys to a scoot, and he gives me a tour of Ypsilanti, and of The University Of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. The campus is huge, and very nice. We head back to the shop and McGavin is working perfectly. I ask Ed what was up with it. He told me he moved some wires around, but he couldn't figure out what was going on. So when moving the wires around he must've did something right, because McGavin is in tip top shape. I tell everyone there thank you, and I'm so glad that my scooter broke down, cause if I didn't break down, I would have never met them.
This is why I said crazy how things work out. I feel that I broke down so I could meet John and Melissa, I truly believe we met under these circumstances for a reason. I don't know the reason, but there's a reason. I am truly a blessed person and am so grateful. Thank you John and Melissa for everything. You two are incredible people.
Today, I'm making a short drive to Lansing to stay with someone who follows my adventures on Facebook. He reached out to me and told me I could crash on his couch no problem. Tomorrow, is Grand Rapids to hang out with the Moped Cowboy, and then Saturday I'll be in Traverse City to hang out with a couple more scooter riders. Michigan is looking like it's going to be one of my favorite states. Love you all. Talk later. SORRY FOR THE LONG POST. GOING TO START A VIDEO VLOG SOON.
If you live in the Ann Arbor area and need your scooter of motorcycle worked on, go to Cafe Racer. I'm telling you that you will not be disappointed in their service.