As you know the 2015 ride did not happen, due to lack of sponsorships.

2016 is another year and I have made a commitment to do this again, no matter what.

I have no wish to do this again in wet, windy and hazardous conditions and will await the most appropriate weather forecast to set off, again from Squires Cafe.

Details to follow as soon as possible.

I look forward to your continuing support.

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My best Regards

Roger

 

Blimey! Just when you think, you’ve done something really extraordinary, someone comes along and reduces your own achievements into mere insignificance.

In life, this is always the case. There is always someone better than you around the corner, which makes a mockery of those who think that we are all equal. Not so. We should all be given an equal opportunity of succeeding at something great, but there will still be others who will be better than you and of course those who will also achieve lesser results. 

Whether you choose to believe in the absolutely equality of mankind, that’s your choice, but for me, it’s about trying, but not necessarily achieving. Win and/or fail, that’s the stark reality of competing and the sooner we teach our kids that life is unfair and unequal, the sooner they will accept their limitations and be happier bunnies. We are not all destined to become Prime Minister, Chefs, Teachers, Formula 1 and Moto GP champions.

No matter what politicians and those liberal, Guardian reading, middle-class educationalists tell you, equality is only in the eyes of God. In human terms, we are not equal at all and never will be. 

So, there I was on a Friday afternoon in Helmsley, face to face with Nick Gilroy, a complete, stranger standing next to his BMW GS1200 and I was telling him about my recent trip to Australia. I had just returned from a biking tour of Queensland and was  chuffed about my experiences. What a country and what rides! They were awesome and challenging. Then he pulls out a book, aptly named ‘Talking to Strangers’ which was all about his own travels across America. 

Hang on. It wasn’t just about doing Route 66, which is on the bucket list of most bikers, but he had covered all the 50 States! Not just one or two, but I’ll say it again, all FIFTY!

Stone the crows mate! I was stunned and a sense of underachievement began to creep into my psyche. I’m not normally intimidated by other people and their superior skills, after all, I had met and mingle with Ali and never once felt overwhelmed by his presence. I know it’s all relative, but this time I was seriously lost for words and wanted to end the conversation quickly, get back to my caravan and disappear. Even my John O’Groats to Land’s End trip in 2014, paled into insignificance.

However, it was not to be. Nick was one of the most humble, unassuming and modest biker I have ever met. True, he’d done America, Australia, New Zealand, most of Europe and much more and was planning a trip across Canada, but he was reassuring in his demeanour and complimented me on my own experiences and my initial sense of underdevelopment as a biking adventurer quickly dissipated.

I’ve spent enough time with bikers to know that most are self-centered individuals and all they can talk about is how fast, how clever, how far and how low they manage to get their knee down to scratch the tarmac. Not so with Nick. He was respectful of my achievements, and his own prowess was never arrogantly inflicted on me.

Unlike some other adventurers, who shall remain nameless, he did it all without the help of sponsors or a film crew to carry his luggage for him. He did it Solo and in support of the Wounded Warrior Project - USA & Help for Heroes - UK.

I would therefore place Nick Gilroy and his epic novel amongst the greatest adventure stories ever told. I take my hat off to him and to other bikers like David a senior 70+ rider from North Yorkshire, with his dog Scamp, has travelled over 77,000 miles.

All bikers should buy this book and use it as an inspirational tool to get out there and live the dream.

Talking to strangers’ A motorcycle 25,500 mile solo journey through the 50 states & state capital cities of the USA.

Thank you Nicholas. It was a pleasure. I’m sure we’ll meet again.

 

www.brismoto.com.au

Arrived in Brisbane, Queensland and attending the Lions TT at Kyogle 18th Sept 2015.

Bike in use Triumph Tiger 800Xcx.

 

 

UPDATE AND LATEST NEWS 05/09/2015

I am leaving for Oz on the 6th Sept to visit my favourite Uncle Yves Auguste who is not so well. I love him like a Dad and owe him, perhaps this last visit.

It's his 89th birthday on the 9th Sept.

Whilst there, I shall be attending the Lions TT meeting in Kyogle and also do some riding around Queensland with my new friends from Brismoto Adventure in Brisbane. 

My chosen bike is the Triumph Tiger 800 Xcx and I'm looking forward to seeing how it compares to my Honda CBR. 

I've been 'Down Under' many times over the past 10 years and they have the added advantage of also driving on the same side of the road as in the UK. I should feel right at home on the bike.

I will take this opportunity to fly the flag for Prostate Cancer UK by wearing their official T-Shirt and hopefully meeting up with local cancer groups.

Prostate Cancer is a worldwide problem and it will also be interesting to see how the people of Oz deal with their own men's issues. 

G'day

 

Update 28TH JULY 2015

 

PROSTATE CANCER UK CHARITY RIDE 2015

 

I regret to announce that my John o’Groats to Land’s End ride this year has been postponed indefinitely due to lack of Sponsorship. 

This was never meant to be a holiday run and under the circumstances does not therefore make economical sense.

I shall review the situation again next year, when I may be more successful in securing a sponsor.

My efforts to raise funds and awareness on behalf Prostate Cancer UK will go on, albeit on a smaller scale, such as the 12 hour Cycle Marathon this July and future promotional activities.

I thank those individuals involved in the aspirational planning of this event. 

My Best Wishes

Roger

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