I met Burns and his lady, Julie in the AMA Pro Road Racing pits at the infamous Daytona 200. A couple races later, we exchanged homemade maple syrup for Cafe Racer XXX coffee beans and became instant friends. Burns mentioned this crazy fun Canadian event entitled 'Two in the Bush' and of course, we wanted to be part of it! We sent a shit load of our 865cc coffee blend up to Canada to fuel the ride. Reviewing the photos, you can really enjoy the spirit of the event, mix of individuals and bikes of all types. Great stuff! Get there next year! A special thank you to @szetoszeto for the photography. Here is a little recap from a member of the crew, Brian Watson...
‘Two in the Bush’ is a weekend event that came to fruition through the efforts of myself, and a couple of my close buddies. Last year the run was our first attempt to bring together as many like-minded people we could in the middle of the bush to ride, enjoy a few beers and share stories the old fashion way. We chose a place that had little to no reception, thus making sure our Instagram accounts could wait 'til the weekend was over so we could enjoy some quality human interaction. 'Two in the Bush' brought together individuals that would never otherwise have met.
Our event is open to public and is pretty informal. The basic format is that people from all over ride into the campground on the Saturday. We spend the first night eating BBQ and having a few "pops" and hopefully make some introductions for the newbies. Then Sunday we lead a full day ride through Algonquin Park, which has some of the most beautiful roads in eastern Canada. That night we get back to business with campfires, brews and good times. Then, Monday, we break up and go home having made countless new friends. It’s amazing how many great people I have met through these types of events, and that’s why we do this thing.
This year we had quality humans from all over Ontario, Quebec and New York state. We doubled in numbers to about 60 people, but thankfully we were ready for it. Not having a ton of experience in events, and not making people RSVP makes it difficult to plan when you are setting up a meal plan and bringing all the booze. Through about 150,832 text messages, some arm wrestling and a meeting with a psychic we came up with what we felt was going to be just the right amount of supplies. Let me tell you, that psychic was worth every penny. We plowed through all the beer, coffee and food without anyone leaving thirsty or hungry. Truthfully, I was awestruck at the stoked people are to hang with total strangers in the middle of nowhere.
We were fortunate enough to have sponsors like Pabst Blue Ribbon, Helmutts, Show Class, Lowbrow Customs, Loser Machine, Café Racer XXX, Dapper Beard Oil, Hard Luck Leather goods, Maru, Skoser, Soul Seekers, Jason Parker Race Cars, Throttle FMC, Gigacycle Garage, Electric Sunglasses, and Herding Cats that sent us some gear to raffle off. Everyone was stoked to leave with something, but at the end of the day, the memories combined with the excitement for next year trumps all. Thanks to everyone for your support and we will see you all next year!
Brian, Jeff, Shaz and the whole supper crew!