No Ambulance Mule on This Ride!
In my line of business, I come across all types of people. However, they all share a common passion... riding dirtbikes! I was afforded the opportunity to guide a father and son duo on a five day hard enduro tour through the Andes of Peru. The son, Brian, had been in the Amazon jungle working on a conservation project. He discovered a social enterprise company called MotoMission Peru ( www.motomissionperu.com) that offers hard enduro tours in the Cusco area of Peru. He inquired, asked a number of questions, laid his eyes on many a video, and mentioned that he would be back.
Los Tres Guapos...Ready to begin the adventure
I began communicating with Brian about the trail possibilities, the lengths of rides, and the equipment. Within a few days it was all set up. Brian and his father would be joining me for an excursion. Brian wanted to spend time with his father doing something they both love to do.
What I liked about this particular story, was the fact that it was a father and a son. I'm blessed to have a great relationship with my father. I am who I am as a result of the loving, caring, teaching, and more often than not, the disciplinary hand of my father. I needed a few corrections to keep me on a good life trail. I could not have asked for a better dad.
Having a dad that shares a common passion...divine. In the case of Pete and Brian, they both love motorcycles. Pete's the kind of dad that gets a thrill out of watching his boy rip around the track. Not only that, Pete will join in on the fun. In the case of their Peru adventure, this was a perfect opportunity to have an exotic father/son enduro adventure.
The route was a well known path. In fact, Brian hiked a large portion of it on foot while he was first visiting Cusco. It was the Salkantay pass. He told me that as he trudged up and down the trail, his mind kept riding his KTM through each obstacle. I set up the tour to ride that mind blowing section of single track. The only other motorcycles to ever run that route was a previous client and myself.
The ride went down just as planned. We left Cusco, then rode to Mollepata on a mix of single track, two track, and a bit of pavement to get us to the start point of the Salkantay. We had some nice digs all to ourselves at a comfortable hacienda.
Day two was the hard enduro part of the trip. From 7500 ft elevation to 15,500 all before eight in the morning, our bodies had experienced the full effect of altitude. We made it to the top of the pass to celebrate an accomplishment that few can claim.
The official ride video of Pete and Brian's excursion
As I observed the interaction between Pete and Brian, I couldn't help but notice the shared characteristics in their personalities. These guys were not quitters. They both had a solid sense that to make it to the top, there would need to be some effort. They each had to dig deep and pull out the reserves that rarely get tapped. I watched and listened to their interaction. When Brian was struggling, I saw Pete, give encouragement. When Pete was laying down on the trail too tired to pick up his bike, Brian rode it through the hard spot. They pushed each other with words and actions like that of a great coach and player.
Brian pondering his purpose in life...with a scenic Andean view in the background
We made it through some challenging obstacles. From the top of the pass, we made our way to the jungle on the downside. Again, it was riddled with every difficulty and treacherous terrain that one could imagine. Reaching the destination was the goal. Doing it with a smile on our face, even better.
Day three, four, and five were similar. The riding was filled with challenge. From the ice and snow hitting us in the face on Malaga Pass, to the rocky downhill drops that produced white knuckles and gritting of the teeth, we took on each as if it was a welcomed test.
Pete and Brian celebrating a triumphant climb to the top of Picol Mtn.
The tour was perfect. Pete and Brian were great guys to hang out with for a few days. They were capable riders. They also helped me understand an important life lesson.
Our world is in need of more passion. I saw a lot of it in Pete and Brian. Pete was able to instill in Brian a passion for adventure, and more specifically, motorcycles. Brian was able to keep the passion alive in his father by encouraging his participation in the moto tour. In life, we often substitute material gifts for time or energy. How refreshing it is to see a father and son creating memories by experience. Yeah, it's easy to buy your kids a new bike, or a video game, but what type of memory experience is created by that?
As we have just celebrated another Father's day, I want to challenge you to look for innovative ways to create positive experiences with those around you. Whether it's a hiking trip, fishing excursion, or a hard enduro ride in Peru, there are numerous opportunities to pass on your passions through enjoyable experiences. You only have so many days on this planet, make them count.
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