An Alberta man riding through Mexico has been located after his family grew concerned over a period without any contact.
The word went out over several social media sites last week, as well as news outlets: Keith Riddiough was missing. Or at least, his family didn’t know where he was. Riddiough had left Carstairs, AB, in December to ride his Honda Varadero to Acapulco in Mexico, and his family hadn’t heard from him in a couple weeks and got worried. They alerted the Canadian embassy and spread the word they were hoping to find him.
All that hubbub worked – someone spotted Riddiough gassing up his motorcycle at a Mexican gas station and told him to call home. He did, and his family seems relieved. Riddiough says he was out of cell reception for a couple weeks, and nothing was wrong, which makes sense – he was unable to check in every day, like he usually days. Hey, that’s adventure riding.
If you follow sites like ADVRider.com, the Riddiough story isn’t a big deal – people often drop off the map for a few days during trips. What’s more interesting has been the general public’s reaction. In news stories about the incident, the comments section quickly fills up with people criticizing him for riding in Mexico, calling him irresponsible for not phoning home, and more. Seems like more than a few lily-livered Canadians think we shouldn’t venture anywhere outside the reach of our mama’s apron strings.