Bret and Christina were total strangers in the spring of 2013, both unknowingly on a collision course of fate and happenchance that would join their dreams of travel and love into a single path. Neither were searching for a relationship, but both knew that their next trip was best traveled with a partner. What they found was a partnership that exceeded all their expectations.
Who is Christina?
To the chagrin of her family, friends and coworkers, Christina was bitten by the motorcycle bug and had an uncontrollable urge to explore the world on two wheels. By the time she was 22, she had already conquered most of the Westernized world and had traveled through North America, Central America, and Europe. Her career in the U.S. Coast Guard allowed her to live in various different places in the United States, but even the Coast Guard could not satisfy her thirst for adventure.
Her life would change forever in the spring of 2013 when she returned home with her first 2-wheeled stallion, a 2012 Yamaha WR250R. After negotiating a fair price (being a master of negotiation, she bought the WR for a mere $5,500 which is precisely was what it was listed for), she managed to wrestle the bike home as it wiggled down the freeway, each knobbie grabbing the ground like the tentacles of an octopus, its headlight straining to light the way. This was the inauspicious beginning of what would turn out to be an year full of experiences that would move her through six motorcycles before twelve months passed by.
In exchange for her lack of experience in the world of motorcycles, Christina brings a complement of ability and knowledge to the team. Christina is a language person, beginning her first foreign language in 4th grade and developing a thirst for culture alongside each new language. This cultural thirst would be evident through college as she minored in Anthropology with a plethora of half-learned languages under her belt.
A little about Bret
Bret is a motorcycle enthusiast through and through… his riding began at 15 years of age and led him through a life to include tragedy and great accomplishment, all using the motorcycle as a vessel to travel the turbulent waters. Motorcycling would provide economical travel year round as a youth, strike a passion for escape as a young man and turn into a career as his life matured. Much like the story of “The Giving Tree” the motorcycle has truly provided for him and his family over the years.
With over 26 years of riding experience, 18 years as a professional motorcycle instructor and business owner, and 10 years as a freelance journalist, Bret was ready to take the next step. He needed to expand his horizons and discover the world with a new perspective. Riding for the sake of riding was no longer enough; after his first ride through Mexico in 2008 he was developing a thirst for something new… he wanted to experience culture. Not just foreign cultures, but he was developing an interest in the culture of motorcycling and how each interacted with each other. He remembered the way children would surround him on his motorcycle in Mexico and the way people would approach him. He wanted more.
With years of international motorcycle travel, substantial motorcycle mechanical experience, and a laundry list of motorcycle classes taken and taught in every discipline (from the dirt to road racing), Bret was on the high end of the spectrum as a rider. However, he had always struggled heavily with foreign languages and lacked an anchor to slow him down enough to truly experience the culture around him. Christina would be the perfect anchor.
Robert Pirsig says it best in his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: “You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.”
This is where our story begins.