Dear For The Ride,
From early childhood I always wanted to ride through the endless prairies, mountains and valleys of North America. Gasoline flows in my veins thanks to my grandmother, a 95-year-old motorcycle mechanic who passed her love of two wheels on to me.
Three years ago I completed my Riding Across Europe mission. As I rode the 12,000km through Romania, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, I knew that some day I would jump on a bike to experience another adventure.
I had one question: did I really want to make this dream come true? So I decided to just go, ride, make it happen because if I didn’t, I’d wake up in 20 years’ time and the dream would be a fantasy.Weronika Kwapisz
That’s when Riding Across America on my Bonneville changed from simply being a dream. When we have a dream, we have everything, but we wait our whole life for the perfect moment and there is always something – work, money, family, friends – to change our mind.
I had one question: did I really want to make this dream come true? So I decided to just go, ride, make it happen because if I didn’t, I’d wake up in 20 years’ time and the dream would be a fantasy.
I chose the Bonnie because it’s the essence of style, a timeless motorcycle with a soul. Pure. Simple. Beautiful.
I didn’t want to beat any records. I wanted to soak up the world, which becomes clearer at slower speeds. I’ve been riding 80 days as I write and it’s tough to pick out the highlights as there are so many. But here’s my top five:
- Friendly people, total strangers who gave me a roof over my head every night. By day it was me and Mr Bonneville, by night I was meeting great people who were sharing their stories with me.
- Spectacular roads like Big Sur, which I rode from Malibu, LA, to Washington State – ocean, mountains, curvy roads. I was screaming with happiness in my helmet while riding it.
- The road from Canada, between Jasper and Banff, Alabama. Glaciers, high mountains with snow on top and wild animals on the roads. I’ll never forget meeting a grizzly bear directly on the road in front of me and Linda (a Bonnie rider from Calgary). I don’t have to mention that motorcycles don’t have reverse!
- In every State the magnificent Scenic Byways, with so many twists and turns that make you dizzy from the amount of curves.
And the bike? The Bonneville isn’t the bike most would choose for an epic trek, but the natural position on the Bonneville meant I could ride up to eight hours per day. Whenever I stopped there was always somebody who rode a Bonnie. The Triumph family is a big family!
I’ve just brought out a book of my motorcycles diaries from Riding Across Europe and am now planning to make my next dream come true. Follow me on www.facebook.com/RidingAcrossWorld