Riding his massive Triumph Rocket around hairpins was all in a day’s work for this top bloke! It did however make him sweat as I may have mentioned before! In fact when the sun winked at Billy he all but turned into a puddle at his own feet! I know fish who don’t get that wet. Still with the addition of a new Knox Zephyer mesh jacket for the next time, I’m sure you will calm down to a fountain!
Terry done exceptionally well to get through this trip on his Triumph after taking ill on the second day. With outstanding one liners and acid etched advice over his intercom to his mate Billy, he hung in there and made it back in one piece. This won’t exclude Terry from a ribbing though as he was probably the most house trained man I’ve ever travelled with. Doing daily Washings was top priority for this domestic God and if your ever in his area but are unsure which house is his, it will be the one with socks and pants hanging out the windows!
With his distinguished looks and dapper dress sense, I knew from the minute I seen him in his stunning Klim Kodiac suit he had style! Actually now that I mention it, it’s identical to mine, do we look that good David? Riding along on his mighty BMW K1600 with its state of the art kit at his disposal, David looked impressive! Then he ruined it for himself one day at lunch time when he pulled up and the front of the bike looked like a demented grasshopper! Look at these he said! What are those I said? Well that’s like air conditioning he said! Really I said! Oh yeah, you just open these bits of trim out and it guides cool air straight towards you! Just what you want to hear when your like a boil in the bag meal in 33 degrees and he’s not! Still I’ve screwed bits of plywood onto mine for the next trip I’ll let you know how it goes!
Ian and Tracy Smith
Married for 33 years now it’s obvious this couple are solid! Tracy decided to test just how solid by lobbing Ian’s passport away. Still as we rode down to split to get a new one like an officer and a gentleman on my bike I kept thinking about Tracy’s last words to me before we left! Don’t hold back, let him see what it’s like to be me on the back when the bikes flying along round bends and stuff. Ian may be riding his Bmw GS a little to hard for his wife’s liking I think.
Well well well what can I say! Butter wouldn’t melt in the evenings and then there’s that calm and Buddhist nature when talking about life in general……and then she throws her leg over Ginge her massive KTM1190!!!! And then it’s see you at the next stop whooooooossssshhhh! A hooligan by day and a lady by night, Patsy knows what she likes and how she likes it. Well done again Legend.
Andy and Leigh Perry
Having travelled with Dwight ,this lovely couples amazing son earlier in the year, I was looking forward to meeting the parents. Leigh was just as elegant, gentle and caring as I had imagined her to be but unfortunately Andy turned out just how I imagined him to be too. A true case of beauty and the beast and a ducati, which was also a beast! Flying along with not a care in the world Andy was waiting for no man as he was on a motorbike holiday and nothing would get in his way! Leigh however couldn’t say the same and while filtering through some traffic, she had to duck to avoid a Lorry wing mirror as Andy cruised under it! Fairly high rear seats these Ducati’s, must get one!
Marion and Richard Johnson
This lovely couple pointed out on day one that their sat nav was relatively new to them and that they were still finding their feet with it……then whoooooooossssshhhhh they were gone too! Must be a ducati thing! Gliding along loving every minute of it there was only one issue! The bikes Mpg was down! The cause was obvious, a 30 inch pizza and 45 lbs steak of course! I’ve never seen a pizza or a steak like it! Incredible!
Paul and Nene Tarr
Again what can I say, every time we travel with these two I love them more. Paul is without doubt a phenomenal rider and he makes it all look effortless on his mighty GS! however! Right behind him is a lady who also makes it look effortless! Whizzing along Nene photos and films everything with her phone as the day passes and if she needs a rest, she just pops off to sleep sometimes too! Barrels of laughs come from any conversation we ever have and Nenes descriptions of Paul’s profanities towards his sat nav when things don’t go according to plan are just brilliant! Keep going the wrong way paul , it’s worth it! What would you prefer for the next trip Bazil Tarr or Paul Faulty?
A beard that could make a Viking jealous and a wolverine purr! A man with no plan, Andy just flys by the seat of his drawers on his triumph explorer! Never been abroad on a bike before! No problem set me up with a trip to Croatia to break me in! A massive undertaking and a feat to be proud of, Andy made it there and back in a few pieces! There’s only one thing Andy forgot before taking on this huge trip…..Specksavers!
Joking aside, well done Andy.
Geoff and Maddie Hoad
Cruising about on their Fazer having a ball, Geoff and Maddie have covered more than a few miles on bikes in their day. Geoff now entering his senior years reminded me of a young Hugh Hefner when he would arrive for dinner with his younger glamorous wife Maddie. Unfortunately only one of them would look at home in the playboy mansion and I’m afraid Hugh Hefners shoes won’t be filled just yet Geoff. Maybe next year mate.
Dev and Berek
Oh no have I given the identities away! Oh well! Flying about the place on their awesome Bmw XR, Bev and Derek would often find themselves off the motorway, then on it, then off it, then on it, then off it until the little co pilot sat up back would bark an order! Far too funny people who’s humour is endless, Bev and Derek make these trips a laugh a minute. Bev doesn’t get embarrassed and in fact the only time I’ve seen her blush, is after a swig of Brandy! After which she could light up the room with those rosy red cheeks, or you could lay her down and fry two eggs on them!
Big Mike Mahoney
Mikes bike takes more abuse than a red headed step child! Often arriving hours!…… Not minutes!…. Yes hours ahead of me to hotels, Mike loves nothing better than to send me photos of himself in the pool or eating ice cream. With action packed Sat Nav routes carefully put together, Mike gets about a bit, however on this trip his RT decided to keep us guessing if it would keep going or not. Occasional throttle issues and lumpy running lead to a day where I had to catch up with him at the roadside where he appeared to be broken down! However once we pressed the starter button to have a look at the symptoms, the bike appeared to run as it should! Maybe if you stop teasing me with those photos it might run even better on the next trip.
Floating along on his crosstourer dct, Craig can relax without the annoying need to change gears all the time! A big friendly giant, Craig just lives for biking! In fact he’s probably forgot more about it than I’ll ever know. Armed with Mick Dundee from Australia’s hat Craig is a fantastic guy to have with you when your in a crowd! No matter where you are or if your lost just look ahead and you will see the parasol sized hat marching through the crowd and your back in business again! Getting ready to give his daughter away in the near future I can say she’s a lucky girl to have a dad like Craig, as for the new son in law I can only say good luck, giver her what she wants when she wants it and keep your nose clean! You don’t want the parasol marching towards you kid!
Floating about on his massive GSA, it’s good to see him enjoying life. After having raised me and my brother with good values and strong work ethics, it’s good to finally see him slow down and take a step back! It’s also good that because he’s still getting to grips with his recent new bike and its gadgets, gizmos and sat nav! That the power has now shifted over to me! With a hint of insecurity in his voice, the occasional request of “can you check my sat nav son” is a clear sign of how the tables turn! A few years back it would have been hoi muppet fix this for me or you going to your bed early tonight! Still we can’t risk chat like that when we are so far from home and we know what I’m like! A little trip towards Russia could easily be mistakenly programmed in couldn’t it! Well done.
The guides guide as she refers to herself! Storm has a great way of making sure everyone’s alright throughout the trip. Being a top nurse she’s more than handy when It comes to any health issues along the way. She keeps me right and helps me constantly throughout the day. I can do these trips on my own and I do but i must confess it’s better when she’s there with me. Despite hogging the sheets, snoring, falling asleep on the back and constantly giving me driving advice!
Last but not least Myself
I do hope you all enjoyed your holiday and I can’t thank you enough for making my job so enjoyable. We want to be the best we can for you while we are away and I’m always open to new ideas and suggestions so please feel free to put forward anything you may have up your sleeve that would make the experience better. The judge of our performance is you guys and how you take part and enjoy these trips. We want to make you feel like we go above and beyond to make sure these trips are a great success for you all. I hope we delivered that on this trip and that you all feel well served. We’d be thoroughly delighted to travel with all of you again in the future and if we can be of any assistance with anything in the future please feel free to ask, we would be only too happy to help.