I met Jaime about 2 years ago, it was over lunch. I just won the Wrangler True Wanderer 2015 and from what I know it was her first time here and Wrangler got her as an ambassador for the competition. Wrangler organized a meet and greet with us finalists to sort of celebrate and cap off the competition.
She was wearing a black sleeveless dress and her arms were covered with colorful intricate tattoos which made her look both elegant and bad ass at the same time. All throughout the meeting, she was very polite and accommodating, answering all of our questions even though some of us has already asked it twice. But to be honest, prior to this lunch meeting… I have never heard of her.
About a week after that meeting I was asked to guest on a radio show, the hosts asked me about my experience in the competition and then the conversation turned to her. They asked me what I think of her or if I follow her and her show. I told them “No”, when Wrangler told me that we were going to meet her, I actually had to spend some time researching about her.
I don’t own a TV, so I’m not updated when it comes what’s popular on the tube. Also I don’t follow celebrity shows about motorcycle travel, simply because I can not relate to it. Since I travel and document alone, having an entourage of cameramen, photographers and helpers is alien to me. I tend to follow people who does the same thing, that’s probably the reason why she never appeared on my radar when I was researching online for motorcycle travel inspirations.
But everything changed after this ride.
Back to the trail ride.
I really just wanted to sleep the whole day just to recover from my activities from the past week. Rhine then reminded me that Jaime is going to drop by the track and do some runs. I did promise him that I will help out on the social media content of the KRB race track and this visit might help the page a lot. So I fixed myself up and prepared my gear for the shoot. Normally I would be in decent protective gear when im out riding specially if the place is quite far. Since it’s KRB, a place that I have been accustomed to visiting. I decided to just wear a shirt, jeans and regular street riding boots.
I arrived at the track, surprisingly there were just a few people there. Jaime, Mel, and Brando were all sitting and resting. Apparently, they arrived quite early and have been doing rounds on the track for almost an hour now. I then asked Rhine as to where I can unpack my stuff. I took out the drone first, then the DSLR then proceeded to casually shoot them. Then Rhine said, “They are pretty much done here, they are going to go trail riding and you should come with them!” then I’m like “Seriously?.
“Yeah, you won’t be doing anything here when they are gone, so might as well join them”. I looked at them, all geared up to ride off-road with high boots and agressive dirtbikes. Then I looked at myself and muttered, “I’m severely underdressed for this”. Then two more people arrived, Spike on a custom cruiser and Pongs on a custom scrambler. Then Mel told them that they are going to trail riding, Spike and Pongs asked the question that I was not able to ask. “Can our motorcycles handle the terrain?” Rhine just said “Don’t worry about it, you will do just fine.” that left me with more questions than answers. At least now I feel like I belong, since the three of us all look the same, were all geared up to go to the mall.
Roe then told me that he and his wife will be coming with us. He too was dressed casually, but this guy is on a completely different level. Roe is a champion motocross racer, he can probably ride with only slippers on and he can still overtake all of us here. But knowing that he was coming gave me a lot of confidence boost, because Roe is the kind of guy who will not leave you no matter what happens.
I was trying to make up my mind as to what to bring, I overheard them talking about a nice overlooking view. I thought the drone is perfect for that! Then I was like juggling in mind what shots to take will the Sigma 18-35 be better or the 50-100, that’s when I realized that they are already preparing to leave. I had to think fast or I will be left behind, I ended up bringing the 18-35 mm and choose to divide my black rapid dual strap so I can have it hanging while I’m riding and then off we went.
It seems everybody is excited to do some trails as everyone is riding fast. It was actually my first time to trail ride with other people. I don’t intentionally do trail riding, but I end up in places similar to this when I was doing my Philippine tour. Not to brag or anything I’m sort of used to it by now. Mel was leading the group, I thought we would stop at some point during the early part of the ride for a briefing or something. I was hoping to use that as my opportunity to set up the GoPro’s, but we didn’t. So I was not able to get video footage of us going to the top. I was able to sneak in a few shots of them riding but most of them are useless since they are what I call “Hail Mary Shots”.