Hello, my name is Pat, and I’ve been a motorcycle addict for 49 years.
Is admitting that supposed to start some kind of healing process? Seems to me, being a lifetime motorcycle enthusiast, ne addict, has been my healing process. I’ve been riding since I was 11, and by 13 I had a pretty good idea that I was going to have to find some way to make this a lifestyle and a career.
Hang out at the local dealership long enough, and they put a broom in your hand. Work up from there. Go to college. Continue to work in dealerships. Graduate. Buy a dealership. In an oilfield town. During tough times. Oh yeah, and go racing….enduro, roadracing, off-road GP… great fun, but not paying the bills.
So, go to work for the U.S. distributor.
I had no idea that 32 years after joining Yamaha Motor Corporation USA that I’d still be there, and still loving my job. The company has been great to work for, and has given me unimaginable opportunities. Besides all of the great people I’ve been honored to know, I’ve been able to ride a lot of cool products, travel extensively, and continue to work toward my goal of riding around the world.
I’ve spent a good portion of my life on two wheels, either for work, racing, riding on- and off-road on weekends, commuting, or touring across the US, Canada, and Europe. It’s always been my therapy, both physical and mental. Nothing makes me happier than when I’m on a bike.
Update January 2021:
Between July 2015 and August 2016 I rode a Yamaha XT250 across Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa, and Europe, covering 34 countries and 32,000 miles. Now back in the States, I am preparing to depart again to see more of the world on a Yamaha 700 Tenere with my wife Diana on the pillion.
Born and raised Native Texan. After 40 years as a dental hygienist, I’ve recently retired. While I will truly miss my patients and co-workers, I am looking forward to seeing the world on two wheels.
Traveling has always been a dream of mine, but until I met Pat, I never dreamed of doing it on a motorcycle. We’ve traveled together across several countries already and I really enjoy it. My three adult kids think I’m crazy, but the grandkids just think it’s cool.
We committed to this journey solidly and have been working hard to save everything we can to make this happen. We’ve found that in many cases, we can actually travel for less money than staying home (more on that in the blog as we go). This lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but I believe that if I can do it, you can too.