Now I introduce a new character to the cast. This is Gavin:
Gavin and his girlfriend split up a couple months ago so it was a good time to join me on a long motorcycle trip. The Ducati Multistrada 620 he's riding was his first bike, bought two years ago. It has MT60 tires, shod last summer for a rainy trip on Usal Road - proof that any bike can be a dualsport with the right attitude and big enough repair budget. We will ride much dirt.
Gavin is a techie like me. Unlike me, he still has a day job - although it's an odd one. He created a famously successful Java open-source project, which was acquired by JBoss, which was itself acquired by RedHat. This precipitated his move from Melbourne to Atlanta four years ago. Now he lives in San Francisco and his primary occupational responsibility seems to be flying around the world to knock heads of various standards committees. Yeah, tough life... but it means he will need to periodically fly elsewhere, leaving all the margaritas and beautiful women to me