Hello, My name is Rob Mason and I honestly believe that the things we do will shape us, teach us and more importantly give us perspective. The Western Europe adventure was the first Aim For The Horizon story and is where this hole journey started. From complete beginner to the top of a mountain, tests, breakdowns and rebuilds, Adventure Motorcycle Western Europe has the lot.
It was in 2008 when my sister Simone started dating Dean and my first impressions was of a man who had everything. He lived in an amazing house, drove a beautiful car and had an excellent job. Being one of the most personable people I’ve met he soon became an extended member of my family. Even with the addition of Dean it was only small, in fact the only direct family I have left is my mother and sister. Although small in numbers our lives and our losses had made us a resilient team, so when Dean’s life started taking a downward turn it was a relief he had us to lean on.
I won’t go into detail, but all the things which gave Dean his energy slowly became the things that worried him the most. The things he held most dear and relied on for future security all crumbled around him. He could have done nothing to prevent what was happening but he still took all of this as a personal failure. He had spent years trying to keep so many others happy he’d forgotten about himself.
Now a part of a close family Dean and I had become good friends and I visited him regularly on the Honda Africa Twin. I’d had the motorcycle a few years and even with its bumps and bruises it was still my prized possession. In fact it was these bumps and bruises Dean and I talked about most. It was whilst talking about the bikes road trip scars I first found out Dean was a closet biker. In fact it was the one thing he’d always wanted to do that life had stopped him doing. Dean had lost a lot, so I thought it was time he started replacing these things with new experiences and now I knew he was always wanted to ride a motorcycle it wasn’t hard to persuade him to come on a trip.
I’m not a psychologist or doctor, I’m an engineer so I didn’t know how to fix Dean. I just wanted to help him do something he always wanted to do. But I had no idea how much of an adventure this would be for both of us.
From here I’ll let Dean tell you the story. Thank you for watching and I hope you enjoy the feature length episode.
I would like to thank the following companies for all their support during the making of Aim For The Horizon – Western Europe…