Met Cristian at the hall of Rovuma Hotel in Mozambique. He was just arriving from his long journey from the north of Africa till South Africa where he was going to ship his bike up to Miami. He has come a long way on his solo ride around the globe. After knowing each other we went for dinner at Cristal restaurant, had dinner and just heard his fascinating stories from around the globe project. You can learn more about Cristian Maragaño on the net.
Met Derek at the Overland event in Oxfordshire. Had the pleasure to chat with him a long conversation about riding long distances. Derek is an English rider and publisher based in Ukraine. You can read about his adventures on Notes from the Road.
Met Mario in the border from Croatia to Montenegro and he had the exhaust pipe out of the bike once it had been broken on the way. He was going from Albania to UK but had to go back. We ended up by talking on the border, I had some bike papers issues to get in Albania but Mario made me more calm at that point. Drove together on a rainy day till Tirana, had great time in the Tirana Harley Club with his friends. Good biker spirit, very glad to meet Mario!
At the Overland Event and I didn´t had as much laughter as I did when I met Ian Coates. Just hilarious, he will tell about his adventures, how he dodges bears in the wild, how he travels without GPS and mobile phone and with maps and sometimes without, just rumbling. 1991 Honda Africa Twin motorcycle. 240,000 miles and 14 years later went back home.
Met João in Mocímboa da Praia, Mozambique, while he was going on his African continent cross. The project UP I GO! was about starting from Angola to Egypt and shipping the bike to Europe and after doing some explorations rides in Asia (Thailand, Laos and Vietnam). He is now running bike expeditions in Morocco, great João always looking for adventure!
Prague Harley Davidson members
The funny things that happens on the road even on solo rides is that you are never alone, so on the road going up the Cote d´Azur I meet this lovely couple that happens to be members of Harley Davidson moto club of Prague, Czech Republic. A nice couple and a funny chat in a gas station!
Met Spencer on the Overland Event where I have brought him a bottle of homemade Firewater (aguardente). Had a chat with him and his lovely wife Kathy about the next project which is to circumnavigate the South America just after he did the Circumnavigation of Africa. Can check on his adventures at the African Motorcycle Diaries and also on his website. Spencer is the real funny adventurer!
Valvoline Rally Girls
No presentations needed in this encounter with this 2 beautiful ladies at a rally event, always good to register such moment in your biker´s career!