Helpful man goes above and beyond the call

He tracked down a cyclist to correct faulty directions he had given him. It's another 'only in Langley' moment.

Editor: Last week I decided to bike from my home in Mission to visit my daughter in Langley. This was during the heat we have had, and this may have had something to do with the fact that, although I had planned to turn off 248 Street onto 56 Avenue, I carried on south, and I was surprised to find myself at Fraser Highway.

I took the opportunity to rest for a little while and to go into the gas station on the corner of Fraser Highway and 248 Street.

I asked the gentleman in there if he could tell me how to get to my destination — which is off 240 Street north of 56 Avenue.

He told me that I should go back up 248 Street, and turn left at, I believe, 48 Avenue. I duly set off north on 248 Street, only to be overtaken by a car, which stopped in front of me, to reveal the gentleman whom I had inquired of at the gas station.

The first words he said were: “I misled  you.”

He had realized, while looking at a better map than I had, that 48 Avenue did not apparently go through to 240 Street, and so he suggested that I go up to Robertson Crescent and turn left there.

This I did, and I got to my daughter’s house with no further problems.

If this had been me, I would probably have been sorry that I had given wrong directions, but that is as far as I would have gone, particularly if I had been busy.

He took the trouble to get his car out and go after me to put me on the right route. I would like now to say publicly how much I appreciated his action. For my part, I have resolved to do my best in future to behave similarly.

Ralph Smith,


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