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My Northern Exposure

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Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 Time: 3:20 PM


I work the major motorcycle rallies around the country. I provide production for the music at motorcycle events, among other things. I drive a Dodge Dually pulling an eight and a half by twenty foot trailer. Usually I camp in the trailer at the events. Though I don't ride a bike to the events, this story is connected to the road on the way to a rally so I do not feel that it is out of place in this space. Beside, it is a truely amazing story and should be told.

The Story

There was one bit of excitement on the way to the Laconia Rally this year. Of course, it is always hard to get out of Daytona. I got on the road in the late evening instead of the morning of my departure date. I drove until it was ill-advised to carry on and then pulled into the first rest area in North Carolina. When I woke up I pressed on toward my goal. This dumped me into New York City at around 5:30 PM. That is not the time that you would want to drive through the city and southern Connecticut.  It took over an hour and a half to go probably around 30 miles before the traffic began to thin and move a little better. I made the first rest area in Rhode Island and pulled in for some more sleep.

I proceeded toward my goal in the rain when I awoke in the morning. I made it past Boston and finally got to New Hampshire. I got on I-93 and proceed deeper into the North country. About 30 miles south of Laconia there was a clunk and a jerk. I looked into the mirror to see my 8 and a half by 20 foot trailer growing smaller. I applied some brake to the truck and the trailer began to get bigger again, too fast. The hitch had broken and the trailer was loose. I have around $150,000 invested in the concert rig and had a significant chunk of work scheduled on the trip. This could have been a major personal disaster.


This is the truly amazing part of the story. As chance would have it the trailer broke loose as I was approaching an exit on the Interstate. The trailer rolled straight but followed the crowning of the road. The trailer took the exit, narrowly missing the exit sign. There is a lot of granite in the NorthEast and they use granite blocks for curb stones along the exits. The trailer stradled the curb on the Interstate side of the exit and rode to a stop. I got off the Interstate and looked the situation over. I then drove into town and was directed to the local Advanced Auto Parts store where I picked up a new hitch, a new ball, and a hitch wrench. I also picked up a replacement safety chain to replace the one that had broken (the second chain had popped off, probably when the first broke).

With the replacement parts in hand I went back out to the trailer. I jacked it up and got it on the new hitch. The wiring had been cut when the trailer was riding the curb, so I went to the service station that had directed me to the auto parts store. They provided me with some butt splices and the crimping tool to repair the wiring. There was a local man that had offered help in jacking the trailer while I was getting things back together. I tipped both him and the service station mechanic $5.00 and spent about $60.00 at the auto parts store. There was no damage to any of my equipment, but I should have the frame member that rode the curb reinforced.

This whole episode took around an hour to resolve, after which I proceeded on to Laconia. I unloaded the trailer and proceeded about my business there.

About the Author

Wink worked the MotorCycle Rally curcuit for many years providing sound and lighting production. For a bit of insite into the rally scene visit his rally site -

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