On April 23rd 2013 I received a text from my friend Wilson asking if I was at home and did I fancy meeting him for a beer. Is was a bit of an unusual set of circumstances as Wilson lived in Zurich, Switzerland and I was normally down south on a Tuesday for work. Wilson was on a business trip to Glasgow and I happened to be working from home. I gave him a call and we agreed to meet up in Glasgow city centre and have a few beers and a bite to eat.
Wilson was waiting for me as I disembarked from the train at Queen Street station. We had met up on regular occasions since getting re-acquainted after a twenty year break. We headed off the famous old pub called the Horseshoe Bar and ordered some real ale. It was not before long that the talk turned to motorbikes. I had recently returned from a one week bike trip down in South Africa with another friend Raymond and Wilson was keen to hear all about it.
We moved on from the Horseshoe and ended up in Jamie’s Italian restaurant in George Square. It was there we started discussing future trips and the Pan American Highway came up. I told Wilson that that was the most appealing trip I had on my radar but it was a three month trip unless you are Nick Sanders who rode it in 28 days. Wilson told me that it was his dream trip too. No doubt assisted by red wine we quickly got to a point where we said let’s do it. We would ride South to North from Terra de Feugo in Argentina to Prudhoe Bay in Alaska. We decided that we would plan for 2016 as that would give us time to prepare, save and give notice to our wives. It was a very exciting feeling. We invited Raymond along and he had no hesitation in saying yes.
A few months later we all agreed 2016 was too far out so we pulled the trip forward to Mar 2015.