Ryan Pyle: Tough Rides, Extreme Treks, and the Quest for Uncomfort Podcasts #29 & 30


I’m excited about sharing my latest interview on the WorldRider Podcast with Ryan Pyle.

This guy is the real thing.

Ryan is an adventure traveler and motorcycle rider, television host and producer, author, professional keynote speaker, Guinness world record holder, mountain climber, award-winning photographer, and I’d like to add—humanitarian and philosopher. Okay, those last two titles I’ve given him—deservedly as you will learn while listening to these two podcasts. Truly, this interview was so engaging and the topics incredibly intriguing that I couldn’t edit it down to one hour-long episode. So I’ve decided to share nearly the entire conversation in two parts—a first on the WorldRider Podcast.

I’ve been following Ryan Pyle since my journey to China in the summer of 2015. In China, he earned a Guinness world record for the longest continuous motorcycle ride in a single county. The journey became the subject of two books and launched “Tough Rides” a successful television series that aired on the Travel Channel. He has been an inspiration to me and an invaluable sounding board for ideas on travel to China, India and elsewhere.

Ryan Pyle is principal of Ryan Pyle Productions. He was born in Toronto and after a collegiate basketball career and graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in International Politics, Ryan decided to try his hand at international diplomacy by relocating to China. It didn’t take long until Ryan was a sought after photojournalist whose work appeared in Wall Street Journal, TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, Outside Magazine, and ultimately becoming a regular contributor to The New York Times. In 2009, Ryan was named as one 30 emerging photographers in the world.

He then produced documentary films, several television series, and started writing books about his experiences in China and his travels around the world.

You can find his Tough Rides series on Vimeo and iTunes. And here is the trailer for Season One of Ryan’s Extreme Treks.

Here is more information on his books and television series:

Listen to Ryan & Our Two-Part Interview Here:

TELEVISION SERIES
2018 – Extreme Treks: Season #3 – In Production
2017 – Extreme Treks: Season #2 – Distributed by TCB Media
2016 – Tough Rides: Brazil – Travel Channel
2014 – Extreme Treks: Season #1 – Distributed by TCB Media
2014 – China’s Great Gateway: Shaanxi – Discovery Channel
2014 – Tough Rides: India – Travel Channel
2013 – Touch Rides: China – Travel Channel

PUBLICATIONS
2017 – Sacred Mountains – Photography Book
2016 – Tough Rides: Brazil – Written Book
2015 – Sacred Mountains of China – Written Book
2014 – Chinese Turkestan – Photography Book
2014 – The India Ride – Written Book
2013 – The Middle Kingdom Ride – Written Book
Series – Tough Rides on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ryanpyle/vod_pages
Books — Ryan Pyle on Amazon

SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryanpyle
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RyanPyle
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ryanjpyle
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ryanpyle

SLIDE SHOW
Here is a brief slide show featuring photos from Ryan’s Books as well as posters and behind the scenes from his television series

Video Tease: Allan’s New TV Show Premiere

I posted a couple days ago about our new television show I’m hosting that is based loosely on my global motorcycle adventures and best-selling book “FORKS: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection—Three Years • 35 Countries • One Motorcycle.”

At the time of posting I did not have access to the promo/tease video for the show which aired, March 13th on Cooking Channel at 8PM PT • 10 CT • 11 ET.

Here’s the video tease. I think it’s very cool:

 

Please share the video to your network, if you can. Here are all the links and information. We are hoping to drive passionate motorcyclists, foodies, and world travelers to show interest in motorcycle travel, culture, cuisine, and the desire for all of us to connect with people and culture — usually through great food and drink.

To be sure, this is so exciting for me to share given that after more than two years working on this project, I am finally able to announce that our new show “FOOD EXPLORER” premiered Tuesday night March 13, 2018 on the “Cooking Channel” at 8pm PST / 11PM EST.

Here is the text provided by Cooking Channel PR:

Food Explorer – Premiered Tuesday, March 13th at 11pm ET / 8pm PT- SPECIAL

Motorcycle adventurer Allan Karl jumps on his bike and takes a wild ride through Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, exploring the culinary and cultural revolution taking place there. Allan finds a hidden Mexican wine country, discovers that the world’s most famous salad was invented in Tijuana and explores century-old cantinas in his quest to uncover the origin of the margarita.

Of course, I hope you tuned in and saw the next step on this wild journey and ride! Stay tuned for information about future episodes

Thanks so much for your help, support and interest!

Cheers,

Allan

 

Thanks for sharing!

Allan’s TV Show Premiere on the Cooking Channel

Allan Karl WorldRider is now the Food Explorer on The Cooking Channel

The long journey and adventure to getting a new kind of travel and food show on television has been long, adventurous, and rewarding—and a lot of hard work.

I’m am excited to announce officially that my new show “FOOD EXPLORER” premiered Tuesday March 13, 2018 on the Cooking Channel at 11pm ET • 10 CT • 8 PT. Please join me and the thousands of others who will tune in. We are hoping to show the people at Scripps Network Interactive, who owns Cooking Channel, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY, and Food Network, just how excited our audience is for a show that ultimately digs deep into adventure travel while revealing unique culture and cuisine while connecting with the local people.

Think of it as my book FORKS — taken to the airwaves.

I will post a teaser video here tomorrow, so stay tuned!

WorldRider Travel Show with Allan Karl

I’ve got great news.

The show is happening. In 2018, the new “WorldRider” television show will air on a major US network. The first episode, the pilot for this exciting show should air late this winter or early spring. Stay tuned to these pages for the exact air date.

The title of the show has yet to be determined. To be sure, though I am hosting this new TV show, I will not have much say in what it’s called-the title. My working title is and always has been “Beyond Borders”. Because that is our objective, to go beyond borders, the tourists spots, the usual suspects. Beyond means taking the back roads and seeing the places in between.

Pilot Episode—Mexico

With an incredible, passionate and immensely talented crew, we shot the pilot for the show in Mexico. Specifically, we wondered and wandered through Baja California searching for interesting stories, people, and locals. We chose Mexico because, in my eyes, I find Mexico to be incredibly misunderstood.

For many American’s Mexico means tropical resorts like Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta or others. Yet these places hardly define what Mexico is, or what Mexico can be. The things that capture US headlines are walls, immigration, drug cartels, and other pessimistically negative things.

We set out to show a different perspective about Mexico, and Baja. We set to focus on what’s right and good in Mexico. We found an incredible place packed with passion, culture, great food, and friendly people. We also found a proud Mexico—and discovered many “firsts”—things that started in Mexico—invented in Baja. You’ll have to see the show. For now, here’s a handful of photos from behind the scenes of our shoot in Baja.

What’s Right?

I wrote about this in my previous post. Yet, it deserves repeating—and reminding. If you set out thinking and looking for what’s wrong, you’ll find it. Guaranteed. Better is if you set out thinking and searching for what’s right, what’s good, and what’s beautiful, you’ll find that. It’s a simple choice. What do you choose to find and see.

I like what’s right and what’s beautiful. We do have this choice.

So for the first episode to what I hope will be a multiple season hit show, you can expect to see what’s good, what’s right, and what’s beautiful about Mexico—Baja California.

This is about the beauty in the world—culture, cuisine, and connecting with humanity.

Will you join me for the ride? You’ll be amazed at what we’ll see, learn and experience.

Let’s ride.

Stay curious. Never stop exploring.

Stay tuned to these pages for information on the air date of the pilot episode.

Happy New Year!
2018 Optimism
What’s Right With The World?

Happy New Year 2018! A street woman offers me a blessing outside a cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria.

When the ball dropped at midnight last week, signaling a dramatic end to 2017 and a cold and chilly beginning to 2018—at least for those who braved one of the coldest New Years ever in Times Square—I know many felt a sign of relief and perhaps a feeling of hope for the future—for 2018.

It’s not that the world has grown wackier, it’s that we’ve grown a bit resistant and more uncomfortable with change. I get it. Yet, no matter how you feel, it’s important to remember that change is good. I’ve written and spoke about it plenty.

So with good change, I want to focus on hope.

What do you hope for in 2018? Drop me a note or comment here. I’m very curious.

We can find and see hope when we focus on what’s right with the world, our personal lives, rather than what’s wrong. If we expend our energy in seeing what’s ugly, we will miss what’s beautiful. Sunshine always comes after ran. Attitude and perspective. So let’s set out in 2018 to see what’s right, not what’s wrong.

Vintage cameras I found at an antique market in Romania. No matter the lens you choose to look through, focus on what’s good in the world, rather than what’s bad. You’ll have a better day.

For me, I hope that together we can still work together to believe and to make this world a better and happier place for everyone. I’m not going to bother with any tips, ideas, or words of wisdom in this post. I’ll save those for another post later this month. Look for it.

No, I want to remind you of the importance of travel because it helps foster a happy and balance life. I’m so passionate about travel and seeing and sharing the world, that I’ve been working for more than two years to bringing the WorldRider travel experience to television. It’s been a long and tough road. But all of you know, I hardly ever take the easy route and prefer the long and time way around this planet.

Travel is the best education anyone can have. It has an amazing ability to open eyes and minds. To possibilities and appreciation. To possibilities on an individual scale, and to possibilities on a global scale. Travel brings true an appreciation of life and humanity. A gratefulness stemming from understanding and embracing diversity and celebrating culture. And travel forces us, thankfully, to be more tolerant and patient.

So for 2018, if you can—travel more.

If you cannot, then I hope you’ll embrace what I hope will be a new television show that put you on the back of my motorcycle and give you the opportunity to travel vicariously, from your armchair, desk, or through peering at your choice of device.

Through travel, I know all of us can find hope, beauty, and a reason to smile—even laugh.

Smiling and laughing with a woman in Shanxi province in northeastern China.

In Memoriam – Wayne F. Karl
June 9, 1935 – December 19, 2017

True, it’s been some time since I posted anything here on WorldRider.com. There’s nothing quite like the passing of a parent to smack oneself like a two-by-four to the head.

Yes, my father, Wayne F. Karl, at 82 years old and surrounded by family, including yours truly, passed away peacefully in Vero Beach, Florida on December 19, 2017 at about 2PM.

Dad lived a life large—huge. His impact on so many people as a community leader, fire chief, stat fire commissioner, town fire marshal, commodore, president of the local Kiwanis club—in 1998 he was recognized by the town leaders as “citizen of the year” — they bestowed him the honor of proclaiming a “Wayne Karl Day.”

There is no shortage of names and titles my dad earned throughout his life.

But the most important—to me was father—and to most everyone else in his universe—friend.

Oh yes, my dad was honored with and collected plenty of awards, trophys, certificates, and plaques and pins— and trust me, as many of you know my dad liked to collect things.

Dad never boasted, bragged or bored us with tales of bravado. Awards and such things are usually relegated to the walls and shelves of an office or home—not carried with you.

No. What dad carried, or brought throughout his life was character. Oh, and he was a character.

What is it we truly remember most, in this time of reflection—about my dad—or about anyone?

Certainly not awards and accolades.

Ask yourself, how will you be remembered?

What impact or impression will you leave?

Wayne Karl made an impression, an undeniable impact and inspired me—in so many ways.

My dad was funny. With a dead-pan and often dark sense of humor—he could make anyone laugh.

He had many rituals, in fact. He loved to read the morning paper with a cup of coffee, which he called “mud”. Before reading the front page, the headlines, he turn immediately to the obituaries. He’d peer through his glasses and quietly, he would study them.

“Why do you always read the obituaries?” I asked him often.

Without a flinch, his answer was always the same “I want to make sure I’m not in there.”

Dad was incredibly charismatic. He could talk you into doing most anything to get a laugh—to surprise you, challenge you, or even trick you. He was happy prankster.

He also gave a nickname for most everyone in his universe—for which hardly anyone gave offense.

In more than 50 years I have never heard my dad address me by my real name.

I have always been “Casper” — a name he gave me as a child—when with bright white hair and in a white infant jumpsuit, to him I looked like Casper The Friendly Ghost. That name stuck and to all his friends—they too knew me as Casper.

Beyond terms of endearment, dad’s use of nicknames were just one of the ways he taught me to bring levity and a little bit of laughter to life—and not to take anything too seriously—no matter what happens.

One day dad told me a story. He ran into another local community and business leader —Ed Lawrence—the late owner of the local funeral home here. He said, Ed asked “How are you feeling, Wayne?” Dad replied—“none of your business, Ed.”

Levity and laughter.

Don’t take anything in life too seriously. No matter what happens.

Great lessons. Dad made an impression on each of us.

His passing, a week after my birthday and just a few days before Christmas and in the midst of the holiday season, I was reminded by others who’ve experienced loss that more often than not, many of those we love somehow “choose” to leave us during the holidays—or around a holiday or other important or celebratory date. In many ways they are insinuating that the time of loss is not coincidence? Have you experienced this?

To be sure, there is never a good time nor are we every truly prepared for losing a parent or someone close to us. My dad was a huge fan of “WorldRider” and followed my journeys and supported me in spirit, and during my Kickstarter campaign through the publishing and subsequent book tour for my tome “FORKS: A Quest for Culture Cuisine and Connection“. Though, I know he would’ve preferred that I stayed closer to home, he still encouraged me.

My brother Jonathan, hosted the ABC Sunday morning show “This Week” the week dad passed away, he closed the show with a fitting and beautiful tribute.

I miss you dad, but you’re with me everywhere I go and every smile I find. And that’s the serious truth!

Where is and, what’s going on WorldRider? (bonus video)

I admit that I’ve been remiss in keeping the WorldRider blog updated. To be sure, I keep writing blogs and posting photos from my four-month Scandanavian and Eastern Europe journey from last year—so delve backwards and check out some of that journey.

My 2016 summer adventure had me race from Iceland to Greece while navigating 14 countries. Often battling rain, cold, and tourist traffic in Norway, I finally settled the end of that trip by relaxing on the wonderful and soothing Greek Islands.

Yet my nearly 5,000 mile (8,500km) journey in four months may seem like a ‘long’ journey with plenty of time, I found myself scrambling to make the time to write and post the photos and stories. That’s why many of the stories and photos are getting posted nearly a year later. But that’s okay. You still can get the vibe.

In the meantime, you’ll find more on my Instagram feed (and Twitter)—yet don’t worry, you’ll get updates here, but join me on the other social media networks and get immersed! This blog is priority. And that’s why I’m committed to keeping this blog updated more regularly. Are you subscribed?

So, last year after my journey I decided to leave my motorcycle in Athens. Yes, as I type this post now (June 2017) Doc (my bike) is in Athens.

I’m working on plans to get back to Athens in July and then spend another 3-4 months exploring eastern Europe while working on my new book. I hope to visit the following countries:

  • Italy
  • Albania
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Bosnia Herzogovina
  • Serbia
  • Croatia
  • Kosovo
  • Slovenia
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
  • Moldova
  • Ukraine
  • Georgia
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Turkey

This would top last year’s adventure by two countries—however, I’ve already visited Albania, Macedonia, Turkey and Italy. So as my quest to visit (ride) every country in the world continues, this exploration will chock only 13 more countries. But I remain positive!

I’m still working on the new TV show, so stay tuned for more on that. Meanwhile, I hope to see and find you exploring your own adventures somewhere, someplace and somehow!

Drop me a note. Where are you now?

Bonus!

Here’s a fun video shot while shooting an episode of the new television show:

Living On Jesse Luggage!

 

Al Jesse leans on one of the bags that made him famous and a legend in the adventure motorcycle community. His hi-tech CNC and cutting machines behind him.

Jesse Luggage SystemsWhile planning for adventures this summer and fall, and still working on the upcoming television show, I continue to connect with old friends and new.

This week I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Al Jesse, the principal of Jesse Luggage Systems, makers of the best aluminum/hard luggage on the planet. Trust me, it may sound like hyperbole or overstatement, but I assure you it’s not.

For some twenty years Al and his crew have manufactured 100% made in America products out of a facility near Phoenix, Arizona. While the basic concept of the luggage has remained the same, and most of the tens of thousands of Jesse panniers they have sold that don adventure motorcycles from every major brand are still in use today, I learned that Al has changed the design elements of the luggage more than 100 times.

Al just can’t sit still and leave enough alone. He has to make continual improvements. I know. I’ve been using “Jesse Bags” for more than ten years. Even though there is nothing wrong with any iteration of the bags, I get a chance every so often to update my bags and take adventage of these improvements.

Al Jesse with me in front of the FORKS Van which sports the cover image of my book—a beautiful advertisement for the design and durability of his products.

I could go on about the improvements such as the dynamic mounting system that allows for the repositioning of the bags, or the lid hinges that stay put and don’t fall on your fingers. But I’ll hold back. And I won’t tell you about new products and advancements like thin solar panels affixed to the luggage that will charge devices, or the reinforcement panels designed to strengthen the tail and mounting components of the new Africa Twin. But I won’t.

What I will tell you is that I love spending a morning with one of the legends in the adventure motorcycle community.

You can find Jesse Luggage at your local motorcycle dealer, or directly from the Jesse Luggage Systems website.

My Jesse Bags have been through hell and back over the years. Here they are on my bike fully loaded in Paros, Greece, one of the most beautiful Greek Islands while Giorgakis of Giorgakis Motos takes a welder to my forever receding a problematic kickstand.

 

Podcast #28 Duncan Marks, Traveling The World & Making Wine

Wow! Listen to this Podcast with Duncan—a 26-year-old winemaker who is traveling the world making wine, doing good, and following his dream. Seriously.

After riding through Scandinavia and Eastern Europe I found myself between Greek Islands and exploring Greek history and Athens I happened to wander into a wine bar and found a kindred spirit—Duncan Marks, a 26-year old wine maker from my hometown of San Diego—he’d just finished harvesting wine from a Greek Estate.

img_4810I learned Greece was just one of almost a dozen countries he’d traveled while supporting his wanderlust working vineyards and cellars of wineries all over the world. Fast-forward to four months later and we connect in my home in north San Diego. Listen to an inspiring interview of not only why it’s important to pursue your passion, but to find out what’s important in life and those things we all have in common when it comes to connecting and enjoying the company of family, friends and strangers.

You will learn how I met Duncan in a wine bar in Greece. What you won’t learn is how we ended up sharing a great meal and tasting wines in the late evening glow of a Grecian night in the shadows of the Acropolis. A classic case of culture, cuisine, connection — and let’s throw some history along!

Duncan just finished a stint helping a small Greek winery harvest and before heading to Germany for Octoberfest and then to Austria for another harvest, he found himself in the Greek capitol and sitting next to me at Vintages Wine Bar. This is only the beginning of the story. So be sure to listen and see where this goes…

You can also listen and subscribe to WORLDRIDER PODCASTS on iTunes—ALSO, **Please leave a review** there—it truly helps!

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This Podcast is longer than usual, but well worth the listen!

 

Mentioned In This Podcast

You can find Duncan on Instagram here and by searching his name on Facebook.

Duncan’s favorite travel movie is V for Vendetta

Duncan’s favorite book, which relates to the country he’d live if he couldn’t live in the United States is A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson; and he also recommends by the same author In a Sunburned Country. Allan mention’s Bill’s book I’m A Stranger Here Myself.

Here are links to the wineries he worked at:

Babcock Winery – Santa Barbara area
Flying Fish Cove – Australia
Latour Melas – Greece
Loibnerhof – Austria
Schwane – Germany

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Trouble In Copenhagen and On The Road In Sweden

Denmark and Copenhagen truly captured my spirit, curiosity and especially my palate—the food is so good.

Yet this morning we had to bid farewell to Copenhagen and Denmark. Though we had quite the drama leaving Copenhagen. Like most cities the parking can be difficult, expensive, and questionable secure. Neither of the hotels we stayed out in downtown offered parking, but all pointed us to various lots in the blocks surrounding the hotel.

The lot we chose to park our bikes took up nearly a whole city block. The building is massive. The upper floors were shared by a hotel and offices. Yet unlike so many parking operations in the USA, there are no attendants. Everything is automated. When John and I returned to the parking garage after three days, we found ourselves locked out. We could not enter the garage. The tickets we had wouldn’t open the doors. And we tried all of them. We banged on the doors, called the two phone numbers listed, and even tried waiting for someone to emerge, or go in.

I felt like my bike Doc, was being held hostage. This was deja vu, too. We had the same issue trying to get out of the parking garage—on foot. We managed to trigger the car entrance door manually and escape. But there was none of that getting inside.

We were losing time, too. We needed to check out of the hotel by 11am, but more importantly we had a long ride heading to Stockholm.

With the aid of hotel personnel, we were finally inside. Yet, we couldn’t get the gate to open as the automated system didn’t recognize that there was a vehicle ready to pay. Through a little creative maneuvering we were able to get the garage door open, but the gate wouldn’t budge. With no other option, we just rode past the gate—we wanted to, but we were unable to pay.

As we navigate our way out of the city to the Øresund Bridge, the temperature begins to soar. Spanning some five miles across the Øresund strait between Denmark and Sweden, the massive bridge also takes railroad across the straits. It’s the longest road and rail bridge in Europe. The bridge was officially opened in 2000, and passes through an artificial island, Peberholm. I try to stop on the island to grab a few photos, but signage is very clear—keep moving.

We skirt the Sweden’s third-largest city, Malmo and stick to the main road to make time, hoping we can make it to Stockholm by nightfall. As I’m navigating a ring road, get lost on a rural road, and seem to pass over the main road twice before I can figure out how to get back on, my temperature light flashes on—and holds.

Shit.

After a few minutes of riding, I have to pull over. There is no shoulder, and John has no idea what’s going on. I explain I’ve got to wait. Let the engine cool. My plan is to get off the busy road, find a gas station where I can look at the cooling system and see what’s going on. I fear the fan might have failed. That happened to me in China on Wong Doc (the surrogate bike I used in China, while the right Doc sat in the port of Ningbo).

At the gas station outside of Ästorp, I check the fluids, they seem good. The fan, I’m not sure. I figure if I can keep up to speed, there will be enough air passing through the radiator, I would be okay. I just have to watch it when in traffic, or slow moving roads.

My theory and plan fails. The bike heats up at speed. Something else is wrong. Maybe the thermostat? I can ride the bike for about 5 minutes before it heats up and I have to pull over and wait about 20 for it to cool down.  I need to find help.

Thankfully T-Mobile is offering LTE speed, unlimited and FREE throughout Europe this summer, so I’m able to find a BMW about twenty miles away in Ängelholm in Skåne. It’s already late, and there’s no way I can ride the bike for twenty miles.

The gas station attendant guides us to a motel, just 4 miles down the road. I can do that—barely.

When we get to downtown Astorp, a small settlement with just 3 hotels—all of them are booked. Not a room. After much talking and negotiating with our new friend Ossama at the Hotel Milano, Ossama lets us pitch our tents on the fine manicured lawn outside the cute cottages that make up the Hotel Milano. One catch though: there is no bathroom. The only food is a pizza restaurant that is set to close in an hour.

I’m more worried about the twenty mile trek to the BMW dealer. If I try to push the bike and the engine is under siege of constant heat, I could damage it. That would bring this trip to a quick end.

At the restaurant, we befriend a group of locals who continue to lubricate themselves with beer. One of them is such a huge fan of John Deere, he keeps yelling at me with the little English he knows—John Deere, fuggin the best. I joke with him a bit and ask him about Massey Ferguson. “That’s shit,” he screams, “John Deere, fuggin’ the best.” We are in Swedish agricultural country.

I explain my dilemma to the English speaker of the group and ask if anyone would be willing to truck or trailer my bike to the BMW dealer. After several phone calls and talk about money, one of the group agrees that he and a friend will meet me at the hotel at 8am the next morning.

When they show up, I’m taken back. The trailer is tiny. There’s no way my bike will fit. Yet, it does, as they decide not to close the back gate, so my bike barely squeezes on, diagonally.

At the BMW dealer in Ängelholm, they’re busy. No guarantee that they can get to the bike today, but they’ll try. Just the sight of our two bikes brings out the curious locals. We meet an adventure riding couple, Mats and Ana. Before we leave to grab lunch, Mats has found a copy of my book in Sweden and shows me the order that it will be shipped in two days. Amazing.

John and I walk the small pedestrian mall and try to pick up some of the language—and some local food.

Later at the dealer, my bike is still sitting in the same spot. I worry that we will be spending the night in Ängelholm. Soon enough other locals pick up their bikes, and mine rolls into the service bay.

After about 30 minutes I wander inside. “Look,” the technician points to the hose that feeds from the water pump to the radiator. It’s crimped behind a spaghetti wad of electrical cables, all held together with a couple zip ties.

Could this be the problem? What about the fan?

These cables provide power to my PIAA lights and the GPS unit. It seems that between the two recent services—one in California and the other in Metuchen New Jersey, when the bike was put together this wad of cables was pushed in and forced on top of the hose.

I haven’t touched the cables or hoses since the bike arrived in Iceland about a month ago. And I certainly had no issues with overheating in Iceland. Then again, it was so damn cold.

We check the fan, it’s working. All good. Now here, with rising temperatures the failure point is a simple human error. I didn’t even notice when I pulled the side panels off at the gas station—looking for a bigger problem, this simple fail missed me.

It could have been worse, and costed so much more. In the end, this little debacle cost us a day, but along the way we made many friends, new connections and more ideas of what to do along the journey ahead.