Moin Khan was late...he said he would arrive at 7pm, but the clock ticked past 7:45 and Anthony and I feared the worst: the poor man was lost in Southern France, trying to find our house.
We had known Moin online for about a year, thanks to his interest in StuntBums and his own "stunt progress" videos. We had admired his grit and determination even before he decided to ride his F4i from California to Pakistan. Around 7:50pm we heard the undeniable rumble of an F4i zoom through the neighborhood - we ran out into the street trying to catch him.
At last he arrived and he pulled into our garden at the new, official StuntBums HQ. He was laughing as he pulled off his helmet and told us a story about asking for directions in our tiny village and having a man leave his work at a restaurant to take him to the police station to get a hand drawn map, then the man proceeded to run next to his bike all the way to deliver Moin to us. This was just one in a million crazy, unbelievable stories Moin has collected over the last few months on the road through America and most of Western Europe.
While Moin was born in America, he grew up in Pakistan, then returned to the US for university in California. After graduation, he decided to take the long way home on a motorcycle that will become his stuntbike in Pakistan. So how do you plan a 3/4 round the world trip? Well, if you're Moin Khan, you don't! On a recent college grad-budget he's slept in tents, on his motorcycle, in hostels and at hosts houses throughout American, Canada and Europe. While we are still getting set-up here at the new StuntBums Headquarters we were happy to offer him a hot shower, a few meals and hopefully a decent weekend with the Bums.
We took Moin to a stunt session in Montpellier with Jorian and the rest of the amazing riders there. Monday Moin departed for Rome, Italy without a map, GPS or worry about the time or day of the week. He's doing something most people would never even dream of, let alone actually do. One of the goals of his ride is to raise awareness and break down barriers between the American and Pakistani cultures.
If nothing less Anthony and I sure learned a ton about Pakistani culture and now we can't wait to go visit Moin once he gets settled in back in Pakistan. We were lucky enough to meet Moin through stunting, our common denominator that brought us together and gave us the chance to really get to know each other. Despite the fact our governments are pitted against each other on the world's stage, we are all just people who want to love, live and in our case - do wheelies!
The StuntBums/A Different Agenda lesson of the week is don't believe everything you see or read on the news! Good people exist all over this world, just ask Moin Khan who has been graciously received throughout the world on his journey.
Check out Moin's website and Facebook to stay up to date on his adventure!
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