20/01/2012 - We are pleased to share with you the interview we did with Eduardo Wermelinger from Rotaway, important brazilian motorcycle tourism website.
1. TELL US ABOUT YOU:
49 years old, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, lawyer. Since I was a child I have had two passions, one of them is the sea, which has rewarded me with fantastic experiences sailing the waters of various continents, and the other is motorcycle touring. Although I always made room for my travels I started to notice that if I organized my work schedule I could free longer periods for my motorcycle travels. I have been implementing this strategy since 2003 and nowadays I can allow myself 3 months of the year for a special trip.
2. WHEN DID YOU START RIDING MOTORCYCLES?
Ever since I was a child I have had the habit of staring at the horizon and longing to discover what lay beyond my sight. I got my first motorcycle at 13 and, since then, bikes have been not only my means of transportation but also, with each new riding experience, food for my soul. This feeling keeps getting stronger.
3. I’D RATHER RIDE BECAUSE…
The geographical borders that I cross during my travels are unimportant to me. The ones that count are the cultural borders of people and their way of life. Motorcycles transcend many barriers, like language, for example. It stands silent but always opens a space in its universal language. Among many other things, it makes us more open and receptive towards anyone coming to meet us during our trips.
4. SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS CARRY WITH YOU WHEN RIDING…
One very important thing, so important that it led me to create the Rotaway website ( www.Rotaway.com.br ), was photography. I always carry at least one camera.
5. YOU’D RATHER RIDE SOLO, TWO-UP OR WITH A GROUP?
Having travel companions is always nice, especially if your road mates have the same travelling profile as you. Nonetheless I have recently had to travel alone due to conflicting work schedules. It can be very difficult to make your free time coincide with your friend’s free time. Recently, at the end of 2011, I had the honour to ride in various countries in the south of Africa with my good friend Marcelo Resende.
6. A MOTORCYCLE TOUR HAS TO BE: PLANNED AND ORGANIZED OR TOTALLY IMPROVISED?
I usually plan a specific region and points of interest to visit, but due to my “adventurous spirit” I always end up on improvised routes whose direction is dictated by my heart. It has on many occasions given me the chance to live magical and unexpected moments.
7. TELL US AN ANECDOTE FROM YOUR LAST TRIP.
On my recent trip in the south of Africa, while I was waiting for Marcelo to finish his paperwork at customs, one of the soldiers guarding the border came up to me and asked me if I could give him a short ride. I told him to climb on Marcelo’s bike and I did not have to tell him twice. He didn’t so much climb as literally jump on the passenger seat of Marcelo’s bike. Marcelo gave me a frightened look but I explained the situation to him and he had no other choice but give the soldier a short ride for a few meters so that he could experience the joys of riding on a motorcycle. But the short loops kept going and going. The soldier did not want to get off the bike. Marcelo looked at me and the look on his face said: And now what? I suggested that he cross the border, so that the soldier would have to get off. No sooner said than done! When the soldier saw that Marcelo was crossing the border, he jumped so fast off the bike that Marcelo almost lost his balance! Once more a motorcycle rousing passion on its way.
8. GIVE US A PIECEOF ADVICE ABOUT MOTORCYCLE TRAVELS.
I’ll summarize it in a few words. Always follow your heart, but always safely and letting common sense prevail. The destination doesn’t matter, but I’ve always had a motto that I will share with you all: “There will always be new frontiers, as long as we don’t restrict our dreams”.
9. WHERE ARE YOU PLANNING TO RIDE NEXT?
I’m thinking about skirting the Himalayas, through Tibet, and immerse myself in the energy diffused by the Dalai Lama.