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An unlikely friendship

I had been looking for fellow motorcycle riders for some time before the First Balkan Trip. It wasn’t as easy as it seems.

One day I got a message via the community site from a guy who wanted to know if I accepted hitchhikers. I wasn’t quite sure what he meant, surely he didn’t want to ride pillion – and if so, I think I’d have to say no.

It became clear pretty quickly that wasn’t it, far from, he rode a F800GS.

After some time, we met, to make sure that we had a little compatibility chemistry wise. He was a great guy, positive attitude, and just great company. I was fascinated by his profession, working in the US military as a Navy Seal. At that time, he was stationed in Eckernförde in Germany where there is a Naval base.


It was pretty cool knowing a Navy Seal, something I have only had exposure to from Hollywood productions. He never really talked much about it, but I know he had his share of action during his deployments in the Middle East.

We rode every year the next 3 years, met every time the schedule allowed, each year having more fun, seeking more adventure, and building a stronger friendship. Had he not have to go back to the states, I am sure we would still be riding.

A Navy Seal, and a computer programmer. It almost cannot be more unlike. But we shared the passion for motorcycle adventures.


Ryan, if you’re reading this, it’s been an honor riding with you. I have had so much fun, have so many great memories from our rides. I know you would have loved the rides I’ve done with Peter and Thonny! One day, we’ll do it again!




Jesper Dybdahl View All

Riding motorcycles around Europe, filming, photographing, blogging and vlogging. My passion is riding and seeing new places, sharing the awesome sights and seeings with the world.

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