Bio: Tom Junkans (Cavebiker)
This biography is mostly of my motorcycle adventure travels, not of my favorite color or anything like that. In 2005' my wife Heidi and I started a website to journal a nine-month Mexico jeep adventure and also to help inspire others to try Independent Adventure Travel --> http://www.JustAdventureTravel.net
. We soon found Smugmug.com to be an ultimate photo storage site, so it is where we put all our adventure travel images and photos.
Motorcycle bio: Tom Junkans
13: At a rummage sale my mother picked up “Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance” she knew I liked bikes.
14 : Flew solo to Tempe Arizona to visit my older sister Cassie who was there attending her first year at college. We hitch hiked to Disneyland, attended the ”Smoke on the Water” concert, camped the Superstition Mountains and ran the river in inner tubes. While I was there my sister gave me her motorcycle keys. I rode the motorcycle around Tempe, what a blast!
14 -15 : Cassie gave me her Suzuki 100 as a gift, WOW! I spent the next two years exploring the back woods roads and trails of Northern Wisconsin. I did numerous cross county overnight motorcycle camping trips. My mother would pack me a big bag lunch for the ride and I would assure her that I will take all back roads and not get caught by the Cops. I have the best mother.
16 : I worked at Telmark Ski lodge as a dishwasher and then bought a used R5-350 Yamaha, a two-stroke, two-cylinder sport bike. That summer I rode 300 miles south to visit some friends. While at my buddy’s I saw a National Geographic show featuring Yellowstone National Park, I thought it looked pretty cool. The next day with the road-atlas I borrowed from my father, my sleeping bag and tent, I pointed the Yamaha west to Yellowstone National Park. What a trip, I rode through snow, meet other travelers, bikers, bought beer, and kissed girls in my tent, what a ride.
17 : I rode with full camping and hiking gear from Hayward Wisconsin to the Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park. I rode the 350 Yamaha and my High School buddy Tom H. rode his DT250 enduro. We backpacked the Rocky Mountain national park ‘back country’ into the snow, we rafted on the Colorado river and partied with other travelers and Colorado locals. ---- I think a pattern is forming.
19 : I took a year off from college and with two friends from my home town Hayward Wisconsin, I rode around the country by motorcycles, camping, exploring and working along the way. The motorcycle was a 1976' Yamaha RD400, a super sport bike and the upgraded model of my 350. I had a bad accident in Pan Handle Texas and spent 5 days in a hospital in Amarillo. With the help from a preacher with a pickup truck and a welder in his garage, we were back on the road to Las Vegas to visit my oldest brother Caesar. After my face healed up, I bartended at Sun Devil Disco lounge in Tempe Arizona. We explored Mexico and California while in Tempe. We rode to Florida at the end of March and rented a house a half block off Main Street Dayton Beach, we were 5 blocks from the beach. I worked as bouncer right on the Dayton Beach strip, Big Mothers Disco, biggest sound system in Florida, or so they say. Wow and wow, that was a ride!
Late 20's: I met a woman in Hayward Wisconsin and on our second date she told me that I wasn't the man for her, she wanted someone that would take her to live on an island! I said "you stick with me for a few years baby and I'll sail you to an island"…… Six years later we quit our jobs, sold our house, sailboat and trucks, rolled out some 401K and took off for the Dominica Republic. We spent two years living on the beach, windsurfing and traveling the country by motorcycle, an ultimate adventure but also an ultimate struggle at times, a Caribbean island fantasy adventure.
40s and 50s
: Las Vegas by motorcycle 01’
: Mexico & Belize by motorcycle 02’
: Veracruz Mexico 02’
: Copper Canyon Mexico by motorcycle 03’
: Las Vegas by motorcycle 03’
: Copper Canyon Mexico by motorcycle 04’
: Two up on a Sportster – Sturgis 05’
: 6 months in Mexico by Jeep 05’
: Glacier National Park by motorcycle 05' & 06’
: Over one year 2-up on a motorcycle, Wisconsin to Panama Central America 07’- 09’
: 6 months Dominican Republic and the Haitian border by motorcycle 2010’
: South Dakota August ride 12' (wink)
: South Dakota August ride 13' (wink)
: Stay tuned!