Riding the isolated back roads of Appalachian West Virginia, Jim Ford watched with delight as one of the four motorcyclists in his Master Rider’s workshop smoothly and efficiently “danced” his BMW 1200 GA GS Adventure through a series of mountain curves. His delight turned to shock, when the rider suddenly swung wide, lost control and was catapulted from the high side of his motorcycle, which rolled over repeatedly before coming to rest in an oily heap.
Bill Peschka, a Tour Divide Veteran, was cycling in Wyoming as part of an ultra-distance mountain bike race following the Continental Divide from Banff Canada to the Mexican border at Antelope Wells, NM.
One June afternoon, Peschka was cycling in Sweetwater County where he stumbled upon Andreas Fassbender, a German cyclist heading north to Canada.
Fassbender had been catapulted off his bike after hitting a patch of deep sand with the front wheel. Fassbender had been lying on the ground waiting for 2 hours as he was unable to connect to local authorities due to lack of cellular coverage.