Eric Lange - Founder
Originally from Wisconsin in the United States, Eric set out on a long awaited adventure in the spring of 2008 and rode across the U.S., down through Mexico and Central America, eventually ending up in South America. Having covered 65,000 miles during this first 2+ year journey and having worked in motorcycle tourism along the way, Eric’s passion for adventure was only fueled by what he saw: The incredible scenery and culture in places like Bolivia, unforgettable rides through the Andes mountains, and of course, the stunning and almost “heart-breaking” natural beauty of Patagonia. All the exploration, discovery, and reactions from touring customers left him with the recurring thought that, "more people need to experience this." That sentiment has propelled RIDE Adventures to become the reputable travel service provider that it is today.
Still acting as a motorcycle guide for Patagonia tour groups and always researching more journeys that travelers should enjoy, the history of Eric’s initial travels through North and South America in 2008-2010 can be reviewed on his personal blog at http://travelswitheric.blogspot.com.
Christine "THE MACHINE" Ledezma - Marketing & More
Whether it's because of her Rossi-like riding skills or intrepid ways when it comes to office-related tasks, "The Machine" has earned her nickname for multiple reasons.
As the acting newsletter editor for the Wisconsin BMW Riders, Christine is well-known in the motorcycle crowd and can regularly be found at BMW MOA rallies, local "bike nights," and other motorcycle functions throughout the year. Keeping a busy schedule seems natural to her as she balances full time work, her candle business, and multiple volunteer duties each week.
Owning 2 BMW's herself, Christine has participated in multiple on & off-road riding academies and endeavors to ride better all the time. Recently heard saying "I saw those girls riding motocross.....that looked like fun," we can only imagine what's next for "The Machine!"
Lars Caldenhoven - Peru Operations, Sales, and Guiding
Lars Caldenhoven is our local operator in Arequipa, Peru, but comes from Holland with a lifetime of adventure, travel experience, mountain guiding and other activities around Europe. Following his interest in Native and Latin American culture, Lars spent over a year traveling and learning about these regions before settling down in Peru in 2001. He continues to call Peru his home with his family since then, and guides many of the motorcycle trips and 4x4 tours we offer in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Speaking 4 languages almost fluently and ready to answer your travel inquiries anytime, you can contact Lars on this link.
Chad Berger - U.S.A. Moto Tour Guiding
A few years back, Chad had the vision to create a dual sport motorcycle adventure route in his home state, and the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail was what we got.
This long-time motorcycle riding enthusiast set out on multiple research missions over a year's time, dealt with every type of weather Wisconsin can throw at us, and eventually announced that this trail that reaches from the Illinois border to Lake Superior was complete. Mixing pavement riding with off-pavement terrain throughout the route and actually dipping into Iowa along the way, anyone trying to figure this route out alone would have to make the same investment Chad did to complete it.
Chad's handywork as a semi-pro photographer has helped announce "The Trail" to the riding world, and if your're lucky, his photography skills will be part of your adventure when you join our guided tour of the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail.
Garrett Galvan - The All Rounder
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Garrett is a bit of an all-rounder but his main background is in videography and photography. He's done work for Skyscanner, Travel + Leisure Magazine, Czech Republic Tourism, Spain Tourism, and many more. He will be producing a lot of videos for RIDE from our tours all over the world, perhaps on your tour!
He currently resides in Bend with his beloved 3 girlfriends Nina, Sheila (KLR650) and Charlie (Camera).