My first journey by bike came about once I was simply 17 years previous. It was 2001, I had simply graduated from highschool and I needed to do one thing large earlier than I went off to varsity and started my skilled profession. The concept for a motorbike tour got here primarily from my Uncle Tom, who had lately accomplished a motorbike tour in Eire and advised I do one thing related by driving my bike from Oregon to Mexico alongside the California Shoreline.
Being simply 17 years previous, I needed to persuade my mother and father that this was one thing I used to be able to doing. With my Uncle’s assist, my mother and father conceded and stated I might take the journey, however they insisted that I discover folks to journey with.
So as to make this occur, I recruited three of my greatest mates to hitch me on varied legs of the journey. My pal Jason Weber rode the primary left (from Eureka, CA to San Francisco). Jason June rode the second leg (from San Francisco to Camarillo, CA). And Ryan Nakashima rode with me on the ultimate leg of the journey (from Camarillo, CA to the Mexican border).
Ryan and his sister lately came around me at my house in Park Metropolis, Utah, and whereas they had been right here I sat down with Ryan and requested him to speak in regards to the issues he remembered from that first journey by bike in the summertime of 2001.
Throughout our speak Ryan and I talk about:
How I used to be capable of persuade Ryan to come back with me on the journey.
How we had been capable of persuade Ryan mother and father to let him be part of me on my trip.
How a lot coaching Ryan did to arrange for the journey.
The place we spent our nights in Southern California and the way this in comparison with the remainder of the journey.
An embarrassing second that I’ll possible always remember (WARNING: It entails poop!)
What it felt like to succeed in the Mexican border on that final day.
A horrible accident that occurred simply because the journey got here to an finish.
And a complete lot extra!
The take heed to my interview with Ryan Nakashima, simply click on play on the video under. I needed to break up the interview into two components as a result of we went barely over the 10-minute YouTube time restriction. Take pleasure in!