Last night on my way home I was pass by a large SUV that stopped 100 feet in front of me and the driver, a big guy, got out and waved at me, telling me to stop. At first I thought about going by, ignoring him, but I figured that if he wanted trouble there's nowhere I could go to escape him and his SUV on my rural road, so I stopped
Fortunately he was friendly and asked me if I was training for a race or something. I told him a bit about me: where I live and where I work and why I ride my bike. He then explained to me that seeing me going by every day since the last two years, rain or shine or in winter time had greatly motivated him and his wife to get in shape. He told me he already lost 10 pounds in the last 6 month and was feeling better then ever.
He sincerly thanked me, congratulated me, got back in his truck and went away. the whole conversation took about 2-3 minutes.
This morning I saw the truck, a big red jeep with a roof rack park is front of a house that's at the begining of my ride, 5-6 kms from where I live but I never met the guy before.
Since I started bike commuting I hope to be a good example for my kids, familly, coworkers, etc with little or no results so it felt very good to know that in a way I helped at least this guy and his wife.