By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Several weeks ago, an interesting photo appeared on the front page of The Mt. Pleasant News.
The photo was taken by News advertising salesperson Marty Simon in front of the Wayland Post Office. Pictured was a motorcycle with a trailer behind. The top of the trailer was a replica of a Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra. Remember it?
If you didn?t, the photo accompanies this column. In the accompanying cutline, it was noted the owner was a mystery. Nobody in Wayland seemed to know who owned the cycle or what it was doing in Wayland.
Zoom ahead a couple of weeks and the mystery has been solved.
A couple of weeks ago, I received a call from a man in Ohio. He said he heard that I (make that the News) had a mystery on its hands. He told me he could solve it.
The caller was Glenn Payne of Canton, Ohio. He was the owner of the 2007 Honda Goldwing with the champion trike conversion trailer attached. The trailer was made by American Custom Trailers, Payne said.
He made a stop in Wayland searching for information on his father. He had been in Wayland before. Long before.
?I am 62 years old now and I was last in Wayland when I was 10 years old,? Payne began. ?Most of Wayland looked just as I remembered it. Not many things had changed. That isn?t a bad thing. I also had a lot of family in the Washington-Wayland area.
?I didn?t have any pictures of my father when he was young, so I went to the museum,? he continued.
Bingo. He found a picture of his father in a 1938 Wayland High School yearbook and he went home happy.
The stop in Wayland was part of a trip he and his wife, Debbie, planned. The Paynes were taking a cycling trip from Canton to Rapid City, S.D.
They didn?t make it.
A driveshaft failure halted the westward excursion in Des Moines. ?We had to spend a few days in Des Moines waiting for the Honda to be fixed, so we decided that we would just go back to Ohio,? he explained.
The trip still amounted to 1,800 miles, Payne said.
He has had the Goldwing and trailer for four years and said, ?It creates a lot of interest wherever I am at with it.?
The Paynes have traveled to half of the United States (25 states) with the rig and said he has put 20,000 miles on the motorcycle during the time he has owned it.
I don?t have a Goldwing. I think my adventurous times have passed me by. However, I do have a scooter. Some would term it a moped, but I like to call it a scooter because even though it is not an over-the-road two-wheeler, it has a lot of zip.
I have passed a few vehicles with it and always enjoy the looks on the face of those I have left behind.
Being behind the handlebars takes me back a number of years. In another life, I used to ride motorcycles a lot with my cousins in rural South Dakota. Although it was a lot of fun, the bug never bit me hard enough to want one. I went the convertible route instead.
That changed a couple of years ago. Prices at the gas pump drove me to looking at cheaper modes of transportation. I had a bicycle and that would be good exercise, too. However, I needed something that I could take to work and use to get somewhere quickly in the event of an urgent news happening.
I joined the scooter squad. I have not regretted it. I smile everytime I go past convenience stores. Oh, I do stop about once a week and fill the gas tank. It generally costs between $2 and $3.
This year I began driving the scooter about the second week of June and am rapidly approaching 500 miles of travel (all in Mt. Pleasant) on two wheels. It?s been 500 miles of fun and when there will be a twinge of sadness when I have to put it away for the winter.