We just finished moving into our new house on Lakeside Place.
This house buying, selling, and moving is really a story about friends. From the builder, Jason Adams, who is the owner of Arbor Builders, to Aaron Henson, who I just talked to about a building permit for our back fence, this project has been about asking friends, dealing with friends, paying friends, and getting payed by friends. If I wrote about everyone involved this blog would be too long–more like a novel. So I am going to write about one friend who was here at a time when I needed him, Russell Crecraft.
I met Russell in a phone call, really before I knew him. He was a young man out of University in Texas, thinking about relocating in Bend to work for a new startup high tech company called APT. I really never knew what APT, now Microsemi, did–something to do with power supply. Russell, who is very clear and concise in his words, called Sunnyside Sports to ask what the bike riding was like in Central Oregon. I was handed the phone and I must have said the correct thing because a few weeks later Russell walked in the store, reminded me who he was, and basically said, “OK, where is this good riding?” I can’t remember the exact details but I do know I went with him on a few road rides and we became friends.
I introduced Russell to XC skiing and Mountain Biking also. We traveled across Oregon to many races, and even as far as B.C. for a ski race. He met a woman friend, really a girl,as she was only 19, Marla. They were married, had a family, and Russell became pretty much head honcho at Microsemi. We stayed in touch but his life diverged from mine and we didn’t ride together anymore.
The years passed, kids grew up and went to University, and Russell retired and got back in the cycling game. He called me in the Spring of 2014 and wanted me to show him some of the new trails. We went to Horse Butte–I figured this would be a good place to start. We went out for about an hour and turned around. If you are familiar with the Arnold Ice Cave Loop you will know there are a couple of “technical” bits. On the way out it was simple, Russell dismounted and walked up the rocks. On the way back he was following me and since, according to him, I made the rocks look easy, he tried, crashed, and broke his hand. I was on an Ibis Ripley 29er with short and high stem, he was on a Trek 26er, with a long and low stem from the 80’s.
Fast forward a few months Russell took my advice and bought a new Ripley. We are riding again together, just like 30 years ago.
When Russell found out we were moving last week he volunteered to help. And help he did. He was there for three full days in 100 degree heat helping. Correction: I was helping him. He would carry all of the heavy stuff, seeiming tireless,but like me he was pretty exausted after we were done.
I’m not really sure what I do to deserve all of the friends I have, but it must be the right thing. So thank you Russell, Gary, Mike, Eric, Cary, Jacob, Sanna, Chuck, Aaron, Priscilla, and Jason. All of you were friends before we bought this house but all of you helped us with the process.
I have a few more stories to tell in the future.