I was still near the beginning of my cross country trip. It was July 12, 2013 and my 3rd day on the road
I was camped at the KOA in Bozeman, MT I remember that it was very windy that day and I was bracing myself for the worst as I headed east on I-90
It was just daylight and I like to get an early start. I generally like to pack up and leave at 8am and grab a bite to eat an hour or so down the road
Not much happening on this section of road. It is flat and straight as I try to keep at the posted speed. I like to keep an eye out for a McDonalds breakfast so I can use their WiFi to check my progress and confirm where I am
I happened to meet Dinah on her HD from Denver, CO. She is heading home
I am trying to make time and put on the miles so I don't take any photos until I arrive at Red Lodge, MT
As I ride into town I saw some Harleys parked on the left, a motorcycle shop and another place selling Harley leather goods so naturally I made a U-turn so I could park with the other bikes.
A voice: "I don't think you are allowed to park here"
Me: "What do you mean ? because I am not riding a Harley"
A voice: "Well, look around, do you see any other bikes that are NOT Harley?"
Me: "I suppose I should move somewhere else then, is that what you are trying to tell me ?"
I wasn't sure what to expect but eventually I caught on that he was merely joking. He was also a tourist and he had just driven over Beartooth Pass and was heading North. We talked a while and he was also from Vancouver, thus he noticed my British Columbia licence plate and decided to come over to meet me. We seemed to have a few things in common and we also liked to frequent the same restaurant, near Gastown
I suppose that we spent over half an hour talking about Vancouver and this and that and I offered to take their photos with the intention of meeting up with them after I got home from my trip. I had good intentions but somehow I got distracted and never got around to it yet.
I happily started snapping photos and directing the couple to stand here and there and pose for me. I felt like a fashion photographer. At one point his young lady took my camera and she took some photos too. She seemed to know what she was doing. I surmised that she was no stranger to photographic equipment
I had no idea who they were until we exchanged email addresses
I mean, what are the chances of meeting a celebrity from Vancouver in this small town in Montana ?
Notice that I directed them to stand in front of my BMW R1200R
To John & Ruth it was my pleasure to meet you. I hope that our paths cross again, sometime soon
With such a popular line of custom made shoes, available in stores around the world. I'm thinking that you couldn't afford a pair for yourselve(s)
I get confused easily, I think those are John's on the right . . .