For those of you who made it to last night’s presentation at San Diego BMW Motorcycles, I want to thank you for joining me and the guys at SDBMW. I had a great time and am please you enjoyed the photos, videos and storytelling.
For those of you who didn’t make it, I’m sharing a handful of photos shot by good friend Rob Eccles.
I delivered my presentation on the showroom floor while those shiny new BMW’s graced the front of the dealership. They wheeled my bike, Doc – my 2005 F650GS Dakar – onto the showroom floor for all to see. Yes. The same bike that traveled 62,000 miles through 35 countries over five continents. When the sun finally dipped behind the horizon, I delivered my presentation and hosted a lengthy Q&A session afterwords.
Also, the good folks at Airhawk donated a AirHawk motorcycle seat cusion for a raffle last night. For those of you who don’t know about Airhawk and do any distance riding, you better hop on over to their site now and check out what could be the smartest accessory you’ll ever buy for your motorcycle — it’ll save your ass! It did mine. I used one the entire three years and 62,000 miles. And I won’t ride without it. You can see it in the photo to the right. One of the women attendees was the lucky recipient, Cincy Sutalo. She’ll get her choice of an AirHawk Motorcycle Seat Cushion. Airhawk will also be giving away seat cushions at my other presentations — you just might be lucky enough to win one!
But perhaps the best part of last night’s event was the food. I had mentioned to Gary at SDBMW my plans to release a cookbook in early 2010. It was his idea to take the event up a notch and agreed to take some of my recipes and cook them for those who came to the event. Between the San Diego BMW staff and their spouses and customer volunteers they cooked an amazing array of delectable goodies. It was true family-style event from the cooking, to the serving to the community of riders and friends who joined us last night.
To recap the menu:
First Course: Syrian Fattoush Salad
Second Course: Brazillian Moqueca w/steamed rice
Third Course: Lamb Schwarma (Israel / Jordan)
Dessert: Malawian Banana Nut Cake (Malawi, Africa)
Judging by the instant feedback last night and the e-mails and posts I’ve seen already today, the food was a hit and the presentation was okay too!
Next Friday, July 24th, I will be in Northern California south of San Francisco giving my presentation in Mountain View at CalMOTO / CalBMW. While there won’t be a four-course WorldRider-inspired menu service, it will be a great time and camaraderie and I’m sure a great audience and presentation. Hope to see you there.