Glad to hear he is OK. That phone call at work is rough, I've been there more than once myself. I actually had a boss tell me if I clocked out I would be fired. My wife and daughter were in the hospital due to a car slamming into their truck. Bet you can guess what my response was.
BTW, they were both alright. Just a little banged up. Still scared the he!! out of me though. The normal 20 minute drive to the hospital took me 10 minutes. And yes, the boss decided to not fire me when he found out why I was leaving.
If I have to explain why I ride, you wouldn't understand. Explaining sex to an alien would be easier than explaining the feeling, one that boils all that is going on in your life down to what really matters each time you are in The Wind. All I can say is, Life is not Life without it.