Have you ever tried to push a “Scout” off the side of the road? Not only did I push the “Scout” off the road but, it started to roll down the hill into a fence. I ran and grabbed the steering wheel to change its trajectory. Finally it came to a stop. I was very annoyed with myself, and the Scout. In my peripheral vision I watched a highway patrolman coming down the interstate. He crossed the meridian and parked near the edge of the road.
I could tell that he had watched the whole episode, because he was trying to keep from laughing out loud. I could also tell that he wasn’t succeeding completely.
“Is everything ok?”
“Yes, the Scout stalled. I tried to get it off the side of the road. But I pushed to hard.”
Eyes laughing – “I see you got it stopped.”
“ It will start in an hour or so. I had another car that would do the same thing.”
Trying hard to contain his mirth, “ We have to put a sticker on cars left by the road. You have 48 hours after the sticker is put on it to get it moved. I won’t put a sticker on it until tomorrow.”
“That’s ok I’ll have it running again before that.”
“Sure. Do you need a ride into Forsyth to call a tow truck?”
“No, my mom is driving the Hyundai over there. I’m taking the Scout to Busby and then I’m returning to Miles City.
“Ok , you sure everything is ok?”
“Yah. We’ll leave the Scout for a while and visit some friends in Forsyth and then drive the Scout to Busby. It’ll be ok.”
As he drove off I could see him shaking his head. I knew he was laughing big belly laughs as he drove away. I’ve often wondered how often he has chuckled over this memory.
I left the Scout to rest for a couple of hours. Then we came back collected the Scout and continued on our journey. I always thought that vehicle was just happy to be going down the road.
Wherever you are officer, I wish I could have heard you tell this story. Just so you know I would have laughed out loud if I had been you.