One of Burke County’s most beloved bikers got an early Christmas present Wednesday.
As he was walking by Overmountain Cycles on North Green Street, business owner Michael Lowther flagged him down to come in the shop.
Back in October, someone had walked into the store and told Lowther they wanted to buy Burns, who is known for his General Lee-themed bicycle, a new ride.
“They wanted to remain anonymous, just a local person that sees him around a lot,” Lowther said. “They just kind of came in and purchased it right off the bat.”
Lowther saying it was just someone who had seen Burns riding around town and decided to donate the bike.
“It was nice to be able to do something nice for him,” Lowther said. “For us, anybody getting a new bike, that’s a fun day, it’s an exciting thing. But being able to build it up knowing that he would be getting it was a little more special, I think.”
The donor wanted the bike to be orange and have a few special design features for Burns, whose love for the ‘80s TV show Dukes of Hazzard has been prominently displayed on his previous bike. It has several General Lee stickers around it.
It was a pleasant surprise for Burns, who said he was happy to have the new gift.
“It’s a wonderful present, right before Christmas,” Burns said.
Even Burns wasn’t told who donated the bike.
“They just said it was a donation from an anonymous person,” Burns said.
Burns said he uses bicycles to get everywhere, and that he loves the new bike so far.
“I love it,” Burns said. “It’s a little different to what I’ve been riding, but I’ll get used to it.”
To the donor, Burns gave his sincerest thank you.
“Thank you very much,” Burns said.
When The News Herald last spoke to Burns in May, he had been working at Duralee but was laid off when the company had to file for bankruptcy.
He said he still is looking for a new job.
Burns said he’s thankful for the love he’s gotten from the community.
“I’ve made lots of new friends,” Burns said.