JOHAN VAN HELMOND,
A bowling expert with few words to say until the times right, then he cuts you in half with wit and abuse! Just the way I like it. It was a pleasure to have some great chats about life and politics. I owe you my two curry recipe, which I’ve not forgotten about and they’ll be with you soon, even though you beat me at bowling! I might up the chilli powder content!
ZOE VAN HELMOND,
Johan’s daughter who just refused to use her side stand. After long exciting days in the saddle Zoe would often just chuck her 700GS down and wander off. After a few days, Zoe settled into riding abroad with ease. After the off road blast, she got the bug even more. After riding a 1200GS, life was all about biking as much as possible and working less. If you do get a 1200 GS please use the side stand, they are much heavier for people to pick up.
Well well well! What can I say about this born again biker! Fantastic! That’s what! To overcome the nerves and fear like you did and ride the roads you have on this trip, is a massive achievement. Those constant updates in Pauls ear of the surrounding dangers must really have helped him too! Left a bit, Right a bit, High up, No barrier, OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOSH, I’M DOING IT, I’M DOING IT!! are all words i’m sure he will never forget. He did tell me he really enjoyed it and that he hopes you continue these updates on ride outs at home.
Always on his A game when it comes to riding bikes, Paul really can take control of his machine and show it who’s boss. His opening night comment will never leave me, when someone mentioned that biking is perhaps safer than sex! Paul quickly spun round and said to Nene “yeah but we shouldn’t give it up completely” I’m in tears trying to type this! I think the facial expression of fear played a large part in it being so funny Paul!
Our big Harley riding biker dude who squeezed in more miles than the rest of us along the way. Trev has whizzed all over the states numerous times before and had lots of alternative routes which he nipped off and blitzed. Always on hand to help out and always digging up good restaurants, Trev arranged most of the meals along the way. After a night out in Hoosiers bar in Cooke city with the locals, we thought we might need to arrange an Ambulance for him. Posted missing the following morning, he finally surfaced that evening looking just fine. We still need to do that pickle back! Maybe next time.
PHILIP AND THE LOVELY DIANA HEAD
Philip rides his bike very well and Diana was the best Co-Pilot David could have asked for in the support truck. It was a delight for Philip to finally share a bike trip with his wife Diana. Having someone there to chat with in the evening about the days events is always nice……for Philip! Diana on the other hand is not bike minded at all! instead she furiously knitted and devoured funny looking blue coloured pretzels across the North west of America. Always up for fun and always belting out a tune, it was a pleasure to have you both along. Congratulations once again on your new grandchild and we hope you both had a fantastic time meeting little Elodie Ensleigh Head.
Tearing through the countryside in his 5.7ltr V8 Hemi powered Dodge Ram, David was always on hand if we needed him. Apologising to Diana every few moments for some ropey driving was all in a day’s work for this Rolling Stones fan. I can just imagine “Start me up” on repeat in his head as the big engine growled its way across the country devouring petrol at a steady 12 miles per gallon or less! Still rocking a pair of aviators and still up for anything like shooting dinosaurs on an arcade game with me, David is always great fun to travel with. I miss our daily chats Dumbledore.
STORM BYFIELD THE GUIDES GUIDE
Always there and ready to help. Wearing every item of clothing she owned at one point, it’s fair to say Storms feels the cold. In fact she had so much on at one point I had to zip her 3rd jacket up for her daily. The third jacket being my mesh one of course! a base layer, a T-shirt, a fleece, a jacket, another jacket, waterproof suit and my jacket all worn at the same time meant that she looked like she had been sprinkled with head shrinking beetle juice powder. A body like Arnold with a tiny looking head was a great look. Thanks as always for all your help and keeping me alive throughout.x
ME THE GUIDE
Well it wouldn’t be fair if I never gave myself some abuse would it? I had a fantastic time travelling with you all and hope we can do it again some time. You all made for a fantastic trip and each brought something different to the journey. Every time I look at my Evil Evel Knievel suit hanging up in the wardrobe, i’ll think how stupid I was and about that night in Butte. What a plonker I am !
Ride safe everyone and If I can help with anything along the way, feel free to give me a shout any time.
All the best