Weekend before last I did a run up the Putty; I left reasonably early and had already had a cuppa at Grey Gum and was heading through the Ten Mile at around 10:00 ish when my chain decided to part company with the bike. No phone reception, stinking hot day. Four nice young blokes pulled up, they had no phone reception either, so I told them to head off, and I'd think of something. Just then an older gentleman pulled up on a BMW and told the boys that one of their mates had had an 'off' just back a bit, so they headed back to see how he was. The gent on the BMW pillioned me to Bulga; really nice of him, especially as he refrained from commenting, as he could have, on his not having to worry about chains! I rang Kim at Grey Gum to see if she knew someone who could help me out, 40 seconds later Peter of 'Here and There Motorcycle Movers' rang! He said he'd be about two hours, so I stayed at Bulga and shot the breeze with Marty (UDLOSE), his girlfriend, and the others. When they left he kindly offered to pillion me back to the bike on the back of the R1. I trust his riding totally, but I declined the offer; I'm sure he enjoyed the ride back much more than he would have with my 90kg on the pillion perch. People don't pick up hitch-hikers much these days, and with the sun getting hotter and the scant shadow of a lone telegraph pole doing little to shade my skin, I was getting desperate when four other bikes and a Hi-Lux heading south pulled up. The five people had been north for a party on Saturday night and were heading home. In no time I was in the front seat of the Hi-Lux and Chris even turned up the air-con a notch!! I met Peter at the bike, we loaded it up and he drove me and it to Wilberforce where I met my brother with my car and a trailer and we got it and the bike and us home by 9:30pm. It's been said here hundreds of times, but I'll say it again; for all the things that divide us, the fellowship of the road binds us riders together. My thanks to the latest of many Samaritans of the Road that I have had the pleasure to meet.