Born as a millennial to two white African Americans in Santa Cruz CA, I have always had an affinity to being outside. Studied Mechanical Engineering at Seattle University (I really wanted to get out of Santa Cruz). My mother always said “when you move out of the house then you can buy a motorcycle, but not before then”. After graduating college, and going through the usual post college angst, I finally said “fuck it” and bought a Honda XR650L. One summer’s evening after watching a lot of Top Gear overland specials (not A Long way Round dammit) I found myself thinking that traveling through the world, doing stupid things with my friends seemed like a good time. After a few years of intense saving, I eventually saved enough cash to pull it off. I planned on doing it alone (it is difficult to convince people to drop everything to go motorcycling for extended periods of time) but I eventually managed to convince some of the “Ricks” to join me.