Pablo's skills as a mechanic were invaluable. Paul fixes a flat tire as Aparicio and Morsa (Walrus) watch.
PABLO MEETS MARIA AMELIA:
Easter 1977. I traveled to the Venezuelan Andes a few days ahead of Paul. While I was riding I came across two lovely ladies (Christina and Maria Amelia) at the rest stop on the summit of Pico del Aguila (Venezuela's highest road point: 4,118 meters / 13,576 feet) They were driving a Range Rover. Long story short, when Pablo arrived we went to visit them at Christina's parents' strawberry farm nearby (Timotes). Pablo was immediately smitten by Maria Amelia and they were married the following December. Maria Amelia stopped riding as a passenger on Pablo's bike shortly thereafter. A girl does what she has to do....
Christina (driver's seat) and Maria Amelia (Passenger seat).
Pablo and Maria Amelia on a subsequent trip to the Andes.
Pablo, Maria Amelia and my ex-wife Mireille (we remain good friends)
RAFAEL (BRUTUS - TURBO PLUS) TAKES A DIVE INTO A STREAM
Rafael was trying to catch Antonio Del Valle (a former racing champion) when he found himself face to face with a truck occupying the single lane of a narrow bridge. Rafael chose to go off the road into the stream. The Kawasaki 900 was totaled but Rafael emerged miraculously without a scratch. During the rest of the trip he rode as a passenger on Pablo's motorcycle. A few hours later we came across another group of motorcyclists and we all rode together for the next few days. Pictures below were taken the day following Rafael's accident.
Rafael stands where he went into the stream
The bridge where Rafael went into the stream
Peppino (Bieffe), Preben, Jorge.
Pablo, Antonio, Tomas, Jorge, Peppino (Bieffe), Rafael, Preben.
AFTER LUNCH IN A LITTLE TOWN IN THE ANDES.
Aparicio, ?, Pablo, ?, Tony, ?, Jorge, Alain Bizet, Peppino (Bieffe), Tomas, Antonio, Vladimir.
PICO DEL AGUILA
(Venezuela's highest road point: 4,118 meters / 13,576 feet)
Alain Bizet, Antonio Del Valle
Tomas (back to the camera), Tony
ROADS IN THE ANDES
Tomas, Antonio, Rafael (Brutus), Pablo, Peppino (Bieffe)
Pablo, Antonio, Peppino (Bieffe), Tomas, Rafael (Brutus)
Pablo, Antonio, Rafael (Brutus), Tomas
AT THE TURAGUA RACE TRACK.
TOMAS: THEN AND NOW.
APARICIO THEN AND NOW.