Bob McPherson and Mick Griffin will ride through Holland, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan arriving in Baku in time for the Eurovision Song Contest. Bob, 56, an electrical contractor from Claverley, will be riding a BMW F800GS while his riding partner Mick (known as Griff), 46, a construction manager from Rodley, is riding a Triumph Tiger 800XC.
Bob and Griff who are personally funding the trip, are doing so in aid of both UNICEF and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. “It’s a tough challenge but one that’s really worthwhile,” say Bob and Griff. “We’ve both done a fair bit of motorcycling, but nothing on this scale before and the 28-day time limit makes it even more of test.”
The Yorkshire Air Ambulances is a charity particularly close to Bob’s heart as it was they who airlifted Bob following a near fatal collision with a car in 2008 and tended to his injuries. Thanks to the air ambulance team and Bob’s single-minded determination, he was back on a bike within a few months.
Bob and Griff are keen for as many people as possible to follow their trip and would love fellow ABRs to see them off, or welcome them back home. The pair plan to depart at 3pm on Saturday 12 May, from Rodley Social Club, Town St, Rodley, Leeds, and will return home on Sunday 10 June. The plan is to gather at the well-known Biker’s Café at Sherburn, just outside Leeds and arrive back in Rodley at 12pm. Any bikers who would like to ride back in with Bob and Griff should arrive at Sherburn by 11 at the latest.