Broken motorcycle showcases spirit of Troy | Community Spirit
Trust was shown, new friendships forged, and faith in humanity restored on Sunday after a trio of motorcycle riders from the Lewis-Clark Valley stopped in Troy, Idaho to deal with a mechanical issue on one of their motorcycles. Wendie Kause, along with her husband Joseph and their friend Dustin Treib, were headed to Elk River for huckleberry ice cream when Dustin noticed the chain on his Harley-Davidson was loose.
Wendie Kause, owner of Kause Success Management, says they drove into Troy thinking it would be pretty easy to fix. "Well, of course we did not have the right tool. So we went to the local bar and grill to eat and ask about a hardware store," but she says a store was not open and no one had the right tool. But customers of J & B's Horseshoe Bar did something that you don't hear of much anymore - they stepped forward and helped three complete strangers. One of them eventually just handed over the keys to his pickup.
"Unbelievably, it felt as if half the town turned out to provide assistance! On a Sunday, Labor Day weekend! At one point, there were like 8 people standing around the bike discussing options. One person knew a mechanic, another knew someone with a truck and another knew someone with ramps," Kause says, adding that the patrons even bought them a beer while they waited for the pickup to arrive.
Kause says they suggested paying for gas to get the good samaritan to and from Lewiston, but surprisingly, he just tossed the keys to Dustin and said, "bring her back on Monday, leave the keys in the ignition on Main Street" and he would pick it up later. The person who owned the ramps agreed that was a great idea. "By the way, NO phone numbers or licenses were shared or requested. They just trusted that it would be all back on Monday!" Kause says.
Joseph Kause is Commander of the local Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and Dustin is the Sargeant at Arms of CVMA 13-3. They both were wearing their CVMA vests. "At least one of the good Samaritans was a retired military vet. Perhaps the brotherhood that they share was what allowed them to be comfortable with this. I dont know....but is was humbling to say the least!!" Kause says.
"I am amazed by people and their inherent goodness. With all the negativity in the world and everyone whining about how horrible people are, this ray of light shows brightly!" Kause says, adding that they returned the pickup to Troy on Monday. "And some of the same folks were there! We ate together and laughed and then...exchanged numbers...I believe a few new friendships were forged!"
"Not only did these people help out complete strangers to get us home safe and sound, but instilled hope and the belief in people in us and hopefully all that have the opportunity to read this!" Kause says Troy will often be a riding destination from this day on.