Subject: On his way to Tokyo on an '75 V7 Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:16 am
Nice videos from a Dutch guy on a 1975 V7 on his way from Holland to Tokyo. Interesting guy, and his videos make you want to stop whining, get your sleeping bag and tent from the basement, fill your bike with fuel and just leave.
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Subject: Re: On his way to Tokyo on an '75 V7 Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:28 am
Good one, Bioman. That's Paul van Hooff. A few years ago Esther and I were planning to spend a few weeks in South America exploring and working on our Spanish. We looked at a lot of maps and read some books and asked around about where would be a good place to go. Our good friend, Greg Field mentioned that he knew a Dutch guy by the name of Paul van Hooff who had ridden a vintage Moto Guzzi from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and along the way had met, and eventually married, a Bolivian woman and settled in Sucre, Bolivia. Greg happened to have Paul's email address so he and I started a correspondence and he encouraged us to come to Sucre. He said it was a wonderful little Spanish Colonial city and would make a great home base for our trip. He sure was right about that and we ended up spending about a month there. Unfortunately, right before we left Seattle to go to Bolivia, Paul's father died and he had to go back to Holland to settle his father's estate and he was gone the entire time we were in Sucre. So we never actually got to meet him face to face, but he introduced us remotely to several of his friends in Sucre and we kind of felt like we knew him.
Would love to go back there at some point and hook up with Paul. What a life he's lead, full of adventure in the saddle of a Guzzi.
The indigenous people of Bolivia, Aymara and Quechua, are beautiful, hard working, and generous in spite of their limited means.