Two days past I was at my favorite coffee shop, The Lyric, in Clayton, NY. I meet a lot of teens there for coffee, business meetings, record live concerts, you know…the usual. I had just finished hanging with two guys and walked outside when I saw this really gnarly BMW touring bike parked right in front of my truck. It was plastered with stickers from all over the world and looked like it had been driven through a desert and back. I climbed into my truck and then thought, “I have to meet whoever is riding that thing and find out what their story is.”

So I closed the door to my truck and hoped the meter lady wouldn’t notice my time was about to expire (no more quarters on me). I walked back into the Lyric and surveyed the usuals, looking for someone out of place. There, in the corner, was a couple. Riding pants, bike helmets, and a laptop was all I needed to see.

“Are you guys with that bike?” I asked.

I guess my enthusiasm said the rest.

“Have a seat,” they offered, wide smiles on their faces. Fortunately they were as eager to talk as I was.

Allow me to introduce you to two absolutely, amazingly extraordinary people: Simon & Lisa Thomas. Their many accomplishments, as well as their fantastic photographs and videos from around the world, can be seen on their awesome website But despite being the Guinness Book of World Records holder for the longest contiguous motorcycle ride, they are some of the coolest, most down to earth people you’ll ever meet. But there is a reason for that.

“We’ve realized that it’s the people that are the most memorable parts of our trip,” Lisa said.

“The media paints this awful picture of humanity, that everyone’s bad and there are horrible problems everywhere,” Simon added. “But that’s simply not reality. Reality is that most folk are wonderful, genuine, well meaning souls. The world is a wonderful place.”

Not to mention this pair have more sweet stories to tell than your average joe! But there’s a reason for that, too.

“We were tired of letting our lives slip away,” Simon replied when I asked, why are you doing this? “We wanted to actually live life, not just watch it.” So he and Lisa sold everything they had and set off on a two year trip around the world…

…that was five years ago.

Long story short, they are now staying in the DIBOR dorms here in Depauville for a few nights regrouping. I figured they’d like a dry, spacious place to stay rather than their usual tents, and they love the wireless DSL to update their website as well as the hot shower thing (always a plus).

I encourage you to go check ’em out and drop them a note! It’s been an honor to meet them, befriend them, and even house them! Proving that cool things wait around the corner for each of us. You just have to look.

As I’m sure they’d challenge you, take life by the horns and live it. Don’t just dream about what you want to do–start doing it. Sell something. Save your money. Draw up the plans. Seek wise counsel. Invest. Learn. Whatever stage you’re at, go to the next one. The Lord gave us this life to live it for a purpose.

What’s yours?



cson · 11 Jul ’08 at 1:32 pm

Who: Simon & Lisa Thomas.

Why they are distictive: Their many accomplishments, as well as their fantastic photographs and videos from around the world.

A Fellow Writer · 11 Jul ’08 at 1:50 pm

Pretty cool that you had the opportunity to talk to them! Nice post!

Karen · 11 Jul ’08 at 2:03 pm

they sound like really cool people

Alassiel · 11 Jul ’08 at 2:21 pm

That’s really neat! It’s amazing how you can just run into someone interesting and learn something new at the oddest places and moment. I’m going to go check out their website now.

Mackenzie E. · 11 Jul ’08 at 2:24 pm

Simon and Lisa sound like really cool people. Thanks for sharing about them. 🙂

Shyeloh · 11 Jul ’08 at 2:31 pm

Wow! That’s really cool! I’d love to travel the world like that. And it’d be pretty cool to meet some people who have. One of my dreams is to travel, but seeing as I’m only 14, and my family doesn’t want to hike through the Australian outback with me, I’ll have to wait a while. And what’s my purpose? Well, I’m not sure yet, but I have a feeling I’m gonna figure it out soon enough.

Tippie · 11 Jul ’08 at 2:40 pm

That is really neat! Luck you. 🙂

Kayla · 11 Jul ’08 at 2:57 pm

That is too cool. Even though I’m not a motercycle fanatic, to meet a couple who have that much knowledge of what their purpose in life is would just rock.

Me? Well, I really don’t know what I’m going do do with my life. I was at a conference where a speaker challenged us to know where we were going and I kinda freaked out, but then God and I had a come-to and now God’s got my problem and I’m leaning on Him. Besides, there’s too many options as a college freshman.

Lifrasthir · 11 Jul ’08 at 3:07 pm

That’s awesome! Those pictures are stunning! It’s sooo cool to hear about down to earth people. So cool you got to meet them.

I have no idea what my life has in store for me. Luckily, I (for now) really only have to think about school. Though next year I’ll have to start thining about career options and other things to do with my life, which I have no clue where it’ll take me. I guess where ever God leads me.

Nathan · 11 Jul ’08 at 3:08 pm

Interesting. Wish I could travel around the world. I plan to be a professor of history, and doing that sort of thing would be fun.

cameron · 11 Jul ’08 at 3:42 pm

wow so the answer to WTB’s quetion would be that christopher hopper ran into a couple who traveled the world taking photographs and art. im guesting that the3 thing that was so distinctive about them was how they were two very welcoming people and that made them so distiinctive.

jon m. · 11 Jul ’08 at 4:58 pm

Wow, that is very neat! I think one of my purposes in life is to be a light in the darkness. I think everyone has that purpose, but I want to really work on being a strong light.

Jon Butler · 11 Jul ’08 at 5:04 pm

Cool Story!

Sword Warrior · 11 Jul ’08 at 5:43 pm

That’s pretty neat! They seem like great people and it would be cool to meet them. 🙂

cameron · 11 Jul ’08 at 5:53 pm

Christopher Hopper ran into Simon and Lisa Thomas and they are distinctive because they hold a world reacord of 105,000 miles on a motorcycle and they have many photographs from thier rides from across the world

Paris A · 11 Jul ’08 at 6:02 pm

Oh, wow. Coffe Shop! Starbucks is the BEST!

I wish I could travel around the world for two years. I could get some good book ideas…

Teranel · 11 Jul ’08 at 6:36 pm

Interesting article. I think it would be fascinating to travel the world like that and meet people from all different places.
As for what I think I’m going to do with my life, I don’t really know. Like Kayla said, there are so many options upon entering college and my only hope is that I figure something up before I graduate. I’m waiting to see what God’s plan is for me!

MelissaS · 11 Jul ’08 at 6:55 pm

That’s pretty amazing. I think it would be very interesting to travel the world and meet all those people considering that most people only have a vague idea about how many individuals live in it.

Ryan Paige H > · 12 Jul ’08 at 12:15 am

Wow those are some brave strong hearted people! I don’t know if I could do that.I like my comfy home. That’s very true about the media. I wish they would share more good news than bad news.Thank you Christopher Hopper for sharing this story with us.I enjoyed it.I will for sure check out their website.

Rien Takhid · 12 Jul ’08 at 10:44 am

Thats pretty cool. They sound like a really neat couple. I don’t think I ever would have dreamed up a worldwide bike tour!

Did you run out of time on the meter? 🙂

Jconn · 12 Jul ’08 at 10:58 am

Wow! That is so neat! I looked at their site, and the pictures they took are incredibly stunning!

Sebie · 12 Jul ’08 at 11:58 am

That is so cool! They really are living life to it’s fullest. They take some really beautiful pic’s too.

Christopher Hopper · 12 Jul ’08 at 4:13 pm

Thanks for posting everyone! For those participating in the treasure Hunt, well done! Yeah, Simon and Lisa are amazing peeps and have seen so much of the world! I hope you all are inspired by there lives and go out there and see what there is to be seen in this beautiful planet.

A few responses to some of you…

Kayla, Teranel, Shyeloh & Lifrasthir: Scripture says that the steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord. If you had asked me what I was going to do when I was 17, I could have only given you general ideas of what I’d *like* to do. Now, I ask people, “what college degree would you get in order to be a pastor, a recording artist, an author, a restaurant owner, a painter, a conference speaker, a school president, a film company owner, and a motivational speaker?” Point made. I guess we can’t truly know until we allow Him to show us as we go, can we? Day by day.

Trust in the Lord and HE will direct your paths.

Ryan: Thanks for the kind words. I think this next generation has a HUGE opportunity to report news that the world truly wants to hear…to say “we’re not buying the bad, we want to hear the good news.” But that will require a change in our spending habits and what we endorse with our words. Must start with us.

Rien: I ran out of money by 30 minutes, but the meter lady never got me. 😉 That’s cool of you to ask.

Thanks for coming by, gang! Great getting to e-meet you all.


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