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Photog Rob 18 Jun 2001 03:14

World-wide "memorial ride" - PLEASE READ ME
Dear fellow riderS:

You don't know me personally, but I ask for a minute of your time to read this message. I'm a 31 year old motorcycle rider living in Northwestern Spain. I'm also moderator for the photo forum at the Horizons Unlimited bulletin board (www.horizonsunlimited.com), but please note this is a strictly personal message, and that the Horizons Unlimited website, e-zine, or bulletin board are NOT endorsing this message.

I want to ask you to join our first worldwide memorial ride. Let me explain:

July 2nd last year my oldest brother, Freddy got killed in a motorcycling accident. He was riding his TDM 850 back from a small weekend trip with his wife as a passenger when he collided head-on with a car for not quite explained reasons. He died on the spot, leaving two kids. His wife was helicoptered away in a life-threatening coma.

Next July 2nd, 2001, we will be holding an anniversary funeral for my brother. And here's where you might want to help.

After some hesitation, I got back to riding and must say I've found great comfort in the feeling of freedom we all know so well from riding. Through the bike, and the Internet, I've found many biker friends from around the world. Most I will never really meet, but I can say we all share the joy for life, the thrill of riding, and a passion for the bike as a means of knowing the world, others, and ourselves a bit better. Many of these friends were extremely supportive last summer, and with their help I'm organizing a "memorial ride" of sorts.

After the anniversary funeral, we would like to present my late brother's wife -now fully recovered physically- with a list of friends, from all over the world, who on the previous days have ridden their bikes in the memory of my brother Freddy. All we would ask from you is the following:

- Decide you want to participate, or tell another riding friend about this project.

- Don your helmet, and go ride. Have fun. Somewhere within your ride, please have a moment to think about someone you never met, who enjoyed life, enjoyed riding, and who will live on in our memories, partly because you're riding for him, along with hundreds of others around the world. Say a prayer if you feel so inclined, but I won't ask that from no one. I just ask that you ride, and have fun.

- After riding, and before the week of July 2 finishes, please drop me an email message saying who you are, your nationality, and where you took that ride. The email address is zerozerofoto@teleline.es .

That's all. If you have a camera and want to email pictures, or do anything else, so much the better, but this is the only thing I ask: ride, have a thought of comraderie, and drop me and email message stating "who" and "where". I'm counting on a participation in the hundreds. Will you contribute?

Thank you for reading this far, and enjoy the ride.


Roberto Alonso.


[This message has been edited by Photog Rob (edited 17 June 2001).]

hanif23 19 Jun 2001 16:52

dear roberto,

sorry about your brother, i will try and take a ride in your brothers memory, will also tell my friends about it.
best of luck to you !

Bombay, India

yoni 19 Jun 2001 22:42

Hi Roberto

On the 2nd of July me and 3 friends are launching on our trip from Israel to Norway and back. (24 days)
The honor of remembering your brother, on the moment we move, will give us another remembrance of how life is short, but wonderful to those who know to grab them.
Hope to drop you a mail when back

Take care

yoni 26 Aug 2001 22:47

Hello Roberto

We are now back from our trip to Norway as mentioned above. Unfortunately, my friend Yossi, locked his (Super Tenner'e's)front wheel some 300Km. north of Lilhamer. ending breaking a leg and collar bone. he flew home.
On the way back, not far from Viena. Yoram's Harley broke.
Now we are back home (my bmw is ok http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ubb/smile.gif). hoping to recover soon and get ready for our trip to Turkey in late Sep.
As I promissed. on the day we took off to Norway I mentioned your request to remember your brother, and so we did.

All the best

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