Most people are not aware of this but I enjoy spending time away from the racetrack and shop just as much as I do being there. I had the pleasure of spending last weekend with my wife and some genuinely great people! We have some wonderful friends that are involved with the Salt Grass Trail Ride. Now when I say involved that’s about like saying the Bumbera’s are involved in racing…it’s somewhat of an understatement. They are wagon #9 in the infamous Salt Grass Trail Ride and they invited us to the kick- off party at the Washington County Fairgrounds. I was surprised with what I saw. I didn’t know the same family camaraderie which exists in the racing world was so strong among trail-riders. It was the same as racing – just a different kind of horsepower. Tom & Jerry were the horses that were in charge of getting wagon #9 down the trail. I couldn’t really help out with them though – they didn’t have a carburetor, nuts and bolts or tires that needed changing. But I can assure you I could help out with the awesome cooking these folks had! These families and friends from all over the state come together and create one big family. They are there for each other with anything they need – no matter if they wake up in the morning and step out of their ½ million dollar Prevost motorhome or their horse trailer that hauled the horses (yes, they did scoop it out and clean it before they went to sleep) – they all gather around the same campfire for coffee every morning. It doesn’t matter to them the style of wagon, the cost of the horse, or the living conditions for this week. They all get together and enjoy each other’s company and the joy of having such great friends. It’s a lot like when our racing season finally starts after the off season, we are so excited to see all of our racing friends – no matter if we were enemies the season before.
It reminds me of a small plaque my wife bought me once that I have in my office. Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24