On our current journey, which began on June 1, our group consists of:
- Joe Laumer from Seattle, a Silk Road alumnus – the brains and the titular organizer
- Roger Hansen, another Silk Road alumnus known for tearing the panniers off other motorcycles by passing too closely
- Pete Pawluk, also a Silk Road alumnus whose profession is pig veterinarian – when he coughs, we pay attention
- Steve Pawluk, experienced at adventure motorcycling and an air traffic controller in Canada
- Frank Floyd from Cleveland and a newcomer to adventure motorcycling – but not to adventure – one of his hobbies is flying helicopters
- Gerry Goertzen also from Cleveland is an experienced motocrosser but a newcomer to adventure motorcycling – Gerry works with JB Ritchie at Invacare and we will rely on him for on-the-fly engineering repairs
- And me – Dan Moore
Day 1 – Getting there and setting up –Several members of the group rode their bikes to our meeting point in Tucson, four of us shipped our bikes. The plan is to drive the 250 miles from Tucson to Antelope Wells and then head north.
The arrival was exciting – I had talked with several Silk Road Alumni about this trip. Linda and Mike expressed regret at their inability to join us on this ride and their need to remain in North Carolina. Upon arriving at the Tucson airport, to my complete bewilderment and surprise, Linda and Mike met us.
At baggage claim, everyone was able to claim their bags but me - - my bag had been sent to Seattle with someone else’s name on the claim ticket.
Saturday night we had dinner and Mike and Linda presented Peter, the pig veterinarian, with a present so that he wouldn’t have to sleep alone.
Still awaiting my bag, but at my insistence the group has gone ahead without me. I will meet up with them somewhere north of the Mexican border in the dessert. We will communicate with Sat phones.
They departed with a flourish!
There is a story about a traveler who stops at the United check-in and says “I would like this bag to go to New York, this one to Chicago and this one to Seattle.” The attendant says “I’m sorry, we don’t do that.” The traveler responds “Well, last week you did!”
Linda and Mike have returned to North Carolina - - and I am still awaiting my bag….