Mikael, 53 years old. Proud father of five, Frog is the oldest. The youngest is JB and she is only four. I think all of that is a story to tell at some point as well.
I have spent the last 20 years trying to build my own company. This have taken me from my native Sweden to Hong Kong where I have been working for the last 11 years doing design and project management for retail, primarily fashion and luxury brands. During these 10 years I have more or less taken a roundtrip flight to Europé ten times a year. The mileage on my frequent flyer card is needless to say bizarre so NOW I HAVE TO SEE WHATS ON THE GROUND, that stretch I have been flying so many times and I can’t think of anything better than to do it on than a motorcycle.
I asked Frog if he was interested in doing this adventure and honestly I was a little bit, not a whole lot, but a little bit surprised when he immediately said yes. Happy but a little bit surprised.
I also thought that maybe we can draw some attention and money to this project and use it to support a good cause. Firstly, it is imperative that we, we who have been fortunate to be born in a place where we have been able to form our own destiny, help those whose life is a struggle. To do something, Doctors without borders, Red Cross, protect the Wales, Cancer research, save the Rhinos. It really doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do something!
In order to attract more donations and sponsors, we will try our best to attract interest from various media; our own Website, Blog, Twitter, Instagram, podcast and Youtube as well as independent Magazines, newspapers and TV (even if we don’t believe much in that to be honest). Doing this trip is definitely a dream come true for me and we will really do our best to in an honest way share our adventure not only during but also all the work leading up to it.
At my age you don’t care that much anymore so I will certainly try to be as open and personal I possibly can.
I am Gustaf and I'm the younger and beardier half of pops & frog (Frog is my nickname since I was a baby when my foot joints were so flexible I could touch my chins with the tips of my toes but no I can't do that any more). I am 25 years old and grew up in Sweden but have spent the last 5 years living in London where I'm pursuing my career as a musician and a songwriter for video games. I am also studying programming at Goldsmiths University. When not studying or working I enjoy playing with my band Black Fox, play video games and immersing myself in my newfound penchant for all things craft beer.
When Pops asked 'wanna ride motorcycles with me from Hong Kong to Sweden and raise some money for a good cause at the same time?' it took half a second to say yes. At the very worst it's a boyhood fantasy come to life, at best it's something approaching the adventure of a lifetime. Now neither of us have any illusions about just how challenging and complicated this trip will be but there is something exciting about just that. Two Swedes doing this big dumb thing, one degree removed from insanity. Truth is though, I don't even know how to drive a motorcycle...