This is a gigantic gesture from Mike and my friend Dick Awkward. When Mike returned from Colombia and I stayed in Ecuador for 3 months, Dick gave Mike this bike for me. I did not know this either. Mike came across a parts bike and started cutting and pasting. By the time I got home, it needed just a little more work to get going. It had been in rough shape. With some late night drinks in the garage, we got her going, and she ran till just before the time to head back to Colombia for Chapter 2 of the South American run.
This was Dick's bike on the infamous 555, the original run...the run that started it all.
We are in fact normal guys. We live simple lives as caprenters, moto mechanic, and canyon guide. We saved and saved and then headed out into the wild reaches of South America. So now we're back and have no money. The work begins anew as we stretch to get ourselves back onto our feet.
Time-lapse Video of the LAB