The news of Rob’s death was shocking and I’m still reeling from it, but it has caused me to recollect a time in my life when, everyday, regardless of whether Rob and I were riding or not, was an adventure.
Richard Seck: Rob and I teamed up at the turn of century to do an adventure tour on the back roads of Quebec on BMW GSs. The trip was hugely successful in a CMG-sort-of way and the article that resulted ended up in four print publications – in Canada, the US, and Australia. It was clear that we made a good team and shortly thereafter I became the principal photographer, sometimes writer, and marketing guy for CMG Online. As cliché as it sounds, I was living a dream from my youth, of working in the world of motorcycles.
In those early days, our unique selling proposition was F•U•N! This was nothing new to the TMG/OMG/CMG brand, but we ramped it up and increased the production values on the site. This helped CMG to become a viable competitor to the staid, established print magazines of the time.
Competing as a web magazine in those days was challenging to say the least, and every small step forward for CMG was a huge achievement. The sense of excitement we shared when our crazy ideas were green-lighted is hard to describe – kind of a cocktail of disbelief, and uncontained mania.
The motorcycle tours that Rob and I did throughout Canada and parts of the US, on expensive bikes while staying at lavish hotels and resorts (that we could never dream of affording with the poverty-level income were making from the magazine), cooking up the original Mad Bastard Rally and doing it, learning how to road race (and in my case having things go all CMG in the end), and doing all this with someone who was a genuinely fun guy, is indelibly stamped in my brain. If I make it to old age, these tales will be part of the collection that I continue to replay when my brain is more addled than it is already, to anyone who passes by in the personal-care home.
I am truly grateful for the fun-filled times Rob and I shared together and I wish that he is now enjoying the ride once again.