About Ash and Diego
I started riding bikes in my childhood as my family owned OSSA motorcycles and in fact I still own a 1975 OSSA Mick Andrews Replica 350 that gave me some trial riding skills. I also did in my youth some enduro, long distance off-road trails enjoying nature.
I graduated at the University of Madrid and for many years I was working as a creative guy in the advertising industry, fit in white-collar agencies, in the States and in Spain, where I was born. But what I really like was outdoors.
Now I live in São Paulo, Brazil, where I run a software company. This country is great since I love nature and photography. I always try to travel as much as possible and India is one of my favourite destinations.
I first rode with Ash and Deepesh in 2004 in Ladakh. The massive mountains, altitude desert, deep canyons, the sense of freedom and kindness of its inhabitants, the spiritual Buddhist flavour, the Tibetan culture visible everywhere, the untouchable remote villages… are all reason to make me come back again and again to this fantastic Himalayan region.
And if you combine these facts with riding magnificent Royal Enfields with friends, or friends to be, that’s the BEST possible way to travel and explore!
I first landed in Bombay one wet monsoon October in 1975 and 39 years later I am still enthralled with ‘India my Love’.
Born in South Africa in 1949, it is said that Africa is always in your blood but I needed to experience the beauty, the clamour and confusion, and the deep spirituality of India to feel that I had finally come home. For that I will always be grateful, both to India and to the Indian mystic Osho in who’s ashram I lived for many years. India has so much to offer, and it does so generously!
What is it like to come home? What is it to leave home and go out to explore the world?
In 1980 my travels took me to America for 10 years and in 1993 to Australia where I lived communally in the tropical rainforest near Byron Bay. It was still a time of experiment, of living and working together with friends making films and documentaries in our own video production company. In 1996 I returned to India. This time to explore and film the beauty of the Himalayan mountains while traveling on a classic 500cc Enfield ‘Bullet’ motorcycle. I had previously trekked in Nepal on the Everest trail up to the village of Junbesi, but nothing compared to the immense feeling of freedom that I felt riding a motorcycle over the high passes and valleys on the road from Manali to Leh.
Several years later, in 2003, Deepesh, my longtime friend and I started guiding tours up over these passes in the summer. Deepesh suddenly left his body (died) in 2008 from an asthma attack. He was on his beachside land in Brazil where only a week earlier I had spent a month visiting with him. On one evening he had confided to me that he felt complete and could happily stay or leave this beautiful planet! We celebrated that moment together on the Beach. YAHOO!!
For me the journey and the riding continues with my good friend Diego, and every year more new friends join us on these inner and outer adventures.