You can’t get more Jersey than discovering that the man stranded on the side of the road with a broken down motorcycle is none other than quintessential Garden State rocker Bruce Springsteen! That’s exactly what happened to Dan Barkalow and friends from the Freehold American Legion on Friday, when he pulled over to see if he could help and found the “Born to Run” singer in need of assistance near Allaire State Park in Wall Township.
According to the Associated Press, Barkalow said of the encounter, “Bikers gotta stick together.” He told Asbury Park Press, “I just pulled over and got off the bike and said ‘Hey, I think I know you.”
When Barkalow and his two friends couldn’t get The Boss’s motorcycle running, Bruce hopped on the back of one of their bikes and the group hung out at Original Mulligans Grill in Farmingdale, where the musician and memoir author treated them to a round of drinks.
They talked for around 45 minutes before Bruce got a ride, and Barkalow says he was everything you’d expect from his songs: “Nice guy, real down to earth. Just talked about motorcycles and his old Freehold days.”
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While it was certainly a surprise for this group of friends, we aren’t shocked to learn that The Boss, who lives in Colts Neck, is at heart a regular dude. After all, he’s the type of person who’s written notes for kids who are late to school based on seeing his concerts and always roots for the underdog in his songs. We’re pretty sure that if the situation had been reversed, he’d have gladly stopped and helped a fellow passenger out.
If you take anything away from this heartwarming encounter, it’s to be alert when you’re on the road, because you never know when a New Jersey celebrity might need your help!