June 17, 2002 - Hotel Restaurant 3 Könige & Post, Andermatt, Switzerland.
From left to right: Johann, Laura, myself and Karl. After departing my B&B in Andermatt that morning for a ride over the Klausenpass, the Pragelpass, the Ibereregg Pass and the Sattelegg Pass, I stopped at the post office in Andermatt to buy a Swiss phone card. As I'm parking, Johann, a rider whom I'd met and spent a day riding with in the Riva del Garda area during my 2000 Tour comes running up to me. "What are you doing here, he asks in a surprised voice. "The same thing you are, and that is riding some of the best roads in the world" I responded in German. After a short chat, we arranged to meet for dinner that evening. After a very tiring 320 kilometer day in the twisties, I rolled into Andermatt to fill up at the Shell station and who comes rolling up but a rider on a BMW R100 GS. Alright, my kind of girl, I'm thinking. She smiles a lot and waves to a tired and confused rider. It took fifteen or so seconds for it to click. It was Laura from Texas, the girl I had responded to on one of the motorcycle touring forums after she posted some questions about touring the Alps. In a nutshell she actually went through with her plans. She rented a motorcycle from Knopf Motorradreisen upon my recommendation and decided to take me up on my day or two offer as a tour guide which turned into five days. After I showed her to my B&B, we walked into town to meet with Johann and Karl (Johann's friend that joined him on this tour) for a much enjoyed get together over dinner and beer. A riding day doesn't get much better than this.