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Hello everyone, I'm David...  

Obligatory smiling work shot
I most recently lived in Denver, CO.  I've moved there in 2006 after spending a year and a half in sunny San Diego.  I'm originally from Atlanta, but promotions at work that I couldn't turn down caused the two moves.  I'm not too bummed about it though as both San Diego and Denver are choice places to live and I'd hate to be anywhere else (including back in Atlanta - sorry mom).  

Speaking of work, I just resigned from my position as Western Regional Sales Manager for a well known consumer electronics company.  I enjoyed my job greatly and have been in consumer electronics and wireless sales, marketing, and management for 10+ years now, but had to give up this particular position prior to setting off on the trip.  I've been toying with the idea of switching things up a bit anyway, so I guess this will accelerate things to say the least.  I'm going through a LOT of personal things at the moment, which I'll get into more in the 'why' page.  These 'things' and some personal shift and reflection have been the impetus to move forward with this trip/journey.  I'm scared as hell, lonely at times, and not sure how things are going to turn out, but am very much looking forward to watching the next chapter/s unfold in my life.  

Sailing San Blas off the coast of Panama - 2013
Outside of work, I enjoy motorcycles (obviously - more on this below), cycling, running, hiking and camping, and art (mostly modern, abstract expressionism, and street art).  I also enjoy traveling VERY much and have been fortunate enough to do a fair amount of it.  I think the last count was somewhere around 25 countries.  One of my most recent trips was to Africa to visit my father and stepmother in Botswana who were serving in the Peace Corps.  They fulfilled their 24 month commitment and I am very proud of them for giving up their comfortable lives back home to serve the global community from the small village of Mochudi.  My passion for music runs deep as well and I love going to live shows.  Jazz, piano-driven classical, indie rock, and downtempo electronic music all get quite a bit of airplay, but lately my Spotify account has been heavy on a genre I like to call 'indietronic' (i.e. Little Dragon, Alt-J, Sbtrkt, Toro y Moi, Koreless, Nicolas Jaar, Jamie xx, Four Tet, etc).  

Giving back to community is important to me, and I've been an active mentor, group leader, and community coach with Colorado Youth @ Risk and have spent a fair amount of my time serving that organization over the past five years.  I am also very proud to say that I was recently selected to participate in the Bold Leaders Adult Youth Leadership Program, which sent me to Uganda for one month with a group of 24 high school-aged youth from Colorado, Nebraska, and the Virginia/D.C. areas to focus on cultural exchange, along with food and water security projects. 

Crashing:  It's not 'if', but 'when'...  
My passion for motorcycles started when I was a young boy.  In fact, I don't remember beginning to like them and have no idea why the urge to have one was so strong.  I do however remember dreaming about my first dirt bike night after night - year after year, and my dad finally surprising me with one on my 12th birthday.  It was a huge old Yamaha Enduro 175 that I couldn't even touch the ground on.  On my first ride, I kicked the bike into gear, grabbed a handful of throttle, and immediately crashed directly into the back deck in front of all my friends (got that out of the way early!).  I learned to ride the heck out of it though and never looked back.  Since then I've kicked my leg over and/or raced too many bikes to count.  I'm sure I'm missing one or two, but here are a few that stand out.  2001 Suzuki SV650, 2004 Suzuki GSXR 600, 2005 Buell Firebolt XB12R, 2005 Yamaha R6 race bike, 2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R race bike, 2007 Yamaha YZF450 supermoto racer, 2007 Honda CRF450 supermoto racer, 2008 Ducati Hypermotard S, 2008 Yamaha R6 race bike w/ beautiful BST carbon fiber wheels, 2009 Yamaha R6 championship winning race bike w/ gorgeous forged magnesium Marchesini wheels, 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250 race bike, and of course the 78' Yamaha Enduro 175 mentioned above, and the 2012 BMW F800GS that will be accompanying me on this journey. 

Recent Moab 'shake down' trip on the new ADV bike
I started racing motorcycles in 2008 with the MRA (Motorcycle Roadracing Association) in and around Colorado.  I had a decent rookie season with a handful of podium finishes, but a nasty 100+mph crash at Pueblo Motorsports Park left me on the sidelines for the last few races of 2008 and all of 2009.  I came back in 2010 and got back up to speed relatively quick.  In 2011 I decided to get back to basics and race in the inaugural season of the Ninja 250 spec class.  This in an effort to get more comfortable braking later and carrying more corner speed on the smaller bike.  I also picked up supermoto riding/racing and took home several first place trophies in the Colorado Supermoto Series.  All the training, money, time, effort, blood, sweat, and tears paid off in 2012 as I was able to win multiple races, and win my first class championship.  Crossing the finish line in the final race was a feeling like no other and something I can't explain.  It was definitely one of the most exhilarating and emotional experiences of my life.  Check out the video below from the last (winner-take-all) race of the 2012 season. (*Note* - See www.mobster78.com for add'l race info, pictures, and videos)

Airing it out @ Pueblo Motorsports Park in CO - 2013
Racing aside, another two-wheel related item that I've always wanted to check off the life list is to take a long trip aboard a motorcycle.  Watching movies and documentaries like The Motorcycle Diaries and Long Way Round/Down and reading books like Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simon, One Man Caravan by Robert Edison Fulton, and Vagabonding by Rolf Pitts fueled my urge and always made me yearn for my turn on the open road.  I've always thought this was something I would do 'someday', but could never pull the trigger...  Until now...  

If you couldn't tell, I can't wait to take this trip!  The emotions are setting in now that I have spent some time reflecting internally about whether or not I can actually go through with it.  I feel that I'm ready, but would be lying if I said the excitement and anticipation weren't tied with fear, anxiety, financial concerns, and on-the-road safety considerations. 

With youth from Stepping Stones Int'l - Mochudi, Botswana
All that said, I'm ready to take this trip and can't wait to share it with you.  I often think of one of my favorite travel quotes by Mark Twain and it gives me strength...  
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover."

If you would like to know anything else about me or simply want to say hello, feel free to drop a note.  
Thanks for reading,  ~ D


*Update* - Someone sent me a note recently and asked "what were the 25 countries that you've visited and which one was your favorite?"

So, here is the list...  
  • Austria
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Canada (many times for pleasure, but also because of work)
  • Colombia (several times)
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany (multiple times for MotoGP races at Sachsenring and to visit a friend)
  • Guatemala
  • Hungary
  • Mexico (multiple times)
  • Namibia
  • Panama
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand (spent a full month there in 2007)
  • Uganda (lived there for a month during my volunteer trip with Bold Leaders)
  • United Kingdom (multiple times exploring London and visiting friends)
  • United States (have explored the vast majority via car, motorcycle, and business travel)
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
First off, it turns out it is only 24, but hopefully that will all change soon due to this trip!  The second part of the question is tricky.  I honestly can't say I have a favorite out of them all, but can certainly list some highlights. 

Road tripping throughout Belize and Guatemala for a couple of weeks exploring the beautiful beaches and Mayan ruins was nice.  Visiting my folks and taking an amazing safari through the Okavango Delta in Botswana was unreal.  Mountain biking and hiking through the Canadian Rockies was surreal and some of the most beautiful landscape I've ever seen.  Partying in Prague with my good friend Dean was really, really fun.  Germany really surprised me as I loved the architecture, the blend of old and new, the culture, and the difference in all the cities.  Not to mention the German passion for motorcycle racing!  Driving up and down the Skeleton Coast in Namibia was spooky.  Sailing through the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama City and sleeping in hammocks amongst Kuna Indians was epic!  Drinking wine in a smoky old cavern while eating tapas and watching live flamenco in Granada, Spain is certainly something I'll never forget.  The islands in southern Thailand are indescribable and something everyone should see and experience.  Living amongst the locals, volunteering, and teaching in Uganda for a month was life changing for sure.  Bungee jumping off the Zambezi River bridge in Zimbabwe was exhilarating (and scary as hell)!  Finally, spending time traveling throughout Colombia and exploring cities, towns, beaches, and getting to know the people and culture was an astonishing experience over the past few years.  

In closing, I'll try to update these pages/sections as I change.  In the meantime, here are a couple of race shots from years past...  
Racing @ Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT in 2012
Racing @ High Plains Raceway in Byers, CO in 2010
Puma sponsor poster from tail end of 2011
Racing w/ Peter Tabor @ High Plains Raceway - 2013
Just crossing finish in 2012 for the victory and championship!!!

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