Of course, he had to turn around and check it out fully (with Kingston in mind, naturally). The farmer said his college-age sons had brought it home to mess around with, but they never had it running properly. Now, it won't run at all. "It's free, if you want it," the farmer told us.
Joe thought it was worth tinkering with; after all, the price is right if he couldn't get it to run.
So, Joe got to work, and sure enough... he got it running! (It's an electric bike; the motor is battery operated, like a scooter.)
It cleaned up beautifully (after grandpa's hard work), and here's how it looks now that he's done with it...
Thankfully, he didn't have to wait long, as Nic and Kingston were planning a Vermont trip. The same day that the final touches were made (which was just yesterday - a last minute chain change), we were able to have the big reveal!
Joe gave Kingston the option to go for a "bike ride" or help him mow the lawn (which is Kingston's favorite thing to do since he gets to ride the tractor... what he's dubbed grandpa's riding mower).
When Kingston opened the garage door and saw the chopper sitting in front of grandpa's mower, he thought it looked really cool, but still wanted to mow the lawn (intrigued by the running motor). He didn't realize his new toy had a throttle instead of pedals!
"Ohhhh! I want to try the bike!" That's what we thought he'd say...
Off they go.
First, daddy had to test it.
Then Kingston got his lesson while grandpa captured it all on video.
Last minute instructions...
And he's off!
Daddy ran along side the first couple of passes, just to be sure.
But it didn't take him long to get the hang of it...
... he was a pro in no time!
He is thrilled with his motorcycle and can't believe he has one of his own.
He couldn't get enough of it! Grandpa is so pleased. [warm-hearted grin]
And ironically, this was taken five years ago to the day. Where does the time go?
Be still my heart.