Stephen and Irene Keher
Stephen was a fountain of knowledge throughout the trip. Most of that knowledge was Irene’s, but he passed it on well. As Stephen zig zagged his way through the desert, he would occasionally pass us on his stunning Triumph Trophy and end up at the hotel in evening under the guidance of his Tom Tom! But if we are honest! Mostly Irene’s guidance.
Derek Griffiths and Bev Fitzsimmons
War of the roses meets the Isle of Man TT. Again behind every strong BMW XR riding man, there is a stronger little dare devil woman. Providing endless evening entertainment with their vocal disapproval of one an other, it would have been a different trip without you both. Just do what your told Derek and everything will be fine. Oh and don’t mention the Japanese lady anymore for a longer life span.
A man made of indestructible stuff and only too willing to put it to the test! When Conrad bought his BMW GSA, he bought into the indestructible reputation which comes with a GS! So much so that when Conrad had completed a days riding, he wouldn’t think twice about throwing it down to the ground. At 81 + vat years old Conrad truly can do as he wishes with his bike, we think he’s earned the right!
Stuart and Vanessa Scarfe
Stuart rides his triumph explorer very well! But Vanessa (A.K.A Velma from scooby do) rides her Honda CB 500 just a little bit better (that’s a fiver you owe me)Stuart being a man who invented the wheel obviously had the sat nav fitted to his bike and Vanessa would follow behind. This led to a very funny comment at a coffee stop when Vanessa was asked what kind of Nav she was using and her response was “him, him in there, yeah that’s right my sat nav needs to go for a wee”
Michael unfortunately took flight on his ducati! But Michael was on a biking holiday and nothing was going to ruin that, so Michael bought a lovely ducati red wheelchair and returned gracefully to 2 wheels in no time at all. Michael discovered a new hidden talent for impersonations on this trip. Any time the doctor touched his foot, he belted out the perfect chewbacca tones! Rrrrooooooooooooowwwwww!
Patsy rides ginge! ginge is her pet name for her mighty KTM 1190! I’m not sure if the bike came in bright orange or if it ended up that colour burning up after re entry to the earths atmosphere after she goes supersonic! An IAM qualified observer, Patsy can get where she needs to be faster than a time traveling Delorean!
Pete has only been riding since December, but boy does he do it well. Pete’s on a mega tour and there’s one thing that will keep Peter safe on his travels! It’s not his kit or helmet, it’s not his Triumph explorer! It’s his manly beard! A beard so fine it earned him the nickname Chuck Norris. After being bitten by a snake in the desert, after many days of writhing agony and despair, the snake finally died!
Paul and Nene Tarr
Sat upon their mighty GS, floating along like a cruise missile that’s been filled with shell optimax , these 2 superstars make it all look easy. If it runs on petrol and goes really fast Paul will most likely have driven it! If it’s elegance in abundance then Nene has no rival. Each evening Nene looks like a movie star in a string of elegant evening wear, which actually now explains why Paul had the same shirt on for 20 days! Claim a pannier man!
Lou rode her Triumph explorer for most of the trip with a nail in her rear tyre. I think when I relayed this information to her, the positive adventurer in her picked out the key words and changed the meaning to nailed it! From that day on that’s exactly what happened! Ride like the wind to the next stop………..nailed it! Think I’ll nail my tyre!
Sophisticated, stylish and a man with a fantastic vocabulary and the means to use it! A.K.A Gezza by the group! Gezza likes to ride his monster KTM 1290 in a fashion that tests the local constabularies patience. Referred to as a hooligan on a previous trip, I believe this to be a misrepresentation of the man! I’d refer to him as The Man……The Machine……
That majestic white swan on a BMW RT reputation Mike earned on the Harz tour earlier this year has vanished! On this trip we had “I fought the law and the law won” Mike! Discarding police advice, Mike decided to ride his bike just how Mike wished! Which I guess he did like a majestic white swan…….with blue lights behind it!
David’s Ducati Multistrada arrived in Spain with tyres that were somewhat legally questionable. By that I mean bald, as a bald thing on a bald day but balder! Did David care? Of course not because David was on a Magellan Motorcycle Tour and finding a pair of tyres for a Ducati multistrada in Spain was easy! Because Felix did it! David took the opportunity to run the new rubber in like a red arrow on Spain’s fabulous A roads(good lad)
Our Dutch support truck driver and I shared a great drive to Fez to collect Michael and return him to Rabat. On this trip we assassinated many European politicians, and well pretty much solved the worlds issues. We may need some guns to complete this task and some diplomatic immunity but rest assured the world will be a better place for it……..we think!
Behind every great Magellan Motorcycle Tours owner, stands a great B movie Alfred! The ongoing joke with Felix and his old man is that they are a B movie Batman and Alfred. There’s nothing B movie about you David! A class act all the way and endless fountain of knowledge, the only thing I wouldn’t do for you is clean out your bat cave after the worst case of Tagine tummy in history!
The little rock in the back ground, that keeps a caring eye on all of us. A nurse by trade and a superstar by nature Storm floats in and out when needed and gives another layer of support to all of us. Called into duty when Michael’s accident occurred, she clearly used all her nursing powers to see him through. This obviously took a lot of energy from her as she snored like a deep sleeping camel for the rest of the trip!………..and continues to do so to this day!
The man who makes it all possible! When the B movie batman story came out, it took me back to a trip we did which finished with a final nights stay in France. Unknown to Felix at the time he would undo himself that evening by explaining to me that the Batman movie which was out at the time had a funny French translation. Batman in France was not immune to an attempt to make it more French by giving it the translated name………….FLYING BALD MOUSE MAN! I’ll take Alfred any day!
Billy Byfield (myself)
Well given that I’m writing this myself, I can say things like, handsome, muscular, great hair, terrific jokes, fantastic! Amazing! But I guess there’s no point ruining it now! So to keep the story short, I was the tubby guy with the funny accent and the grey hair who insisted on telling you the weather every day!