The most interesting person I've met all year.
4/15/2013 10:39:00 AM
Something really awesome happened this weekend. I think I met my soul mate. Now, I don’t mean this in a romantic way, or even a relationship way…I mean in a soul-to-soul happy, fantastic, great and parallel-like personal way…someone who I wish I could be more like.
It all started as I was sitting under the KSHE promotions tent at the Thunder Alley Swap Meet and Bike Show at the Belle Clair Speedway (I know how this sounds…but just keep reading…)I see a man with a really awesome top hat. That top hat, of course, made me want to know who this person was…much like all top hats…Slash, Stevie, Mickey…I love TOP HATS. Okay, ANYWAY – So I let that roll off my conscience, as I was there to work. Then, I go inside to the swap meet to see what kind of goods are happening, and there at his very own booth…the man with the cool ass top hat!
I was then being introduced to Bean’re: A man who is the self-proclaimed “Mayor of Fun” or a professional tourist. I was smitten. Here is this big, lean, six foot dude, who is middle-aged, with a cool top hat and a big mustache’d smile. Usually men who look like this and ride motorcycles have this overblown ego about them…but not Bean’re. This dude was so amiable, approachable and happy. I don’t meet too many men like this in my KSHE adventures, so automatically I was intrigued to know more about this other-worldly being.
As I sat there and listened to him, I realized I was in front of a huge icon for society! Someone more people should take note from! This is a man who has toured theUSAby motorcycle, rode throughMexico, traveled through Europe, three trips throughNova Scotia,Canada,Australiaand he is planningAsiaas a future voyage. All just from the sake of his own ideas, curiosities and ownership of life. Alongside his motorcycle he comes equipped with bedding, and all of the “need only” essentials for traveling at this rate. A man who documents his travels by camera, by facebook, and mainly IN PERSON! He makes his way through theUnited Statesby bike and is present for each moment and experience he has.
I asked him how he stays afloat and makes money, his answer was manual labor. He knows people throughout the world who put him to work when he rides through, thus making his fare for fuel and food. I asked him why he is riding throughout the world at this point in his life and he stated that it has everything to do with “being here now.” Bean’re described people who will “wait until they retire” to live out their hopes and dreams, and questioned the obvious of “why wait?” I couldn’t have been more intrigued by this cultured and life-loving person. I was truly inspired.
Bean’re has been featured on the Travel Network. You will see him at Sturgis and know him if you meet him…he will welcome you with a big smile and even bigger stories from the road.
He has a book about his travels, too. Bean’re: Motorcycle Nomad complete with celebrity cameos, gorgeous views of our country and an overall expectation that is derived from you to live vicariously through this very interesting person – or as his says: “just an ordinary guy having a good time and enjoying my journey.” – I think we can all learn a lot from Bean’re.
Here’s a link to his book on Amazon: