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The Great Move of 2008
—Sometimes Things go Right

By Rick Sieman

 

In the movie, On Any Sunday, there's a scene where a desert racer dumps his bike to one side to avoid hitting a desert tortoise.  He then dusts the tortoise off a bit, then moves it off the trail and safely out of the way.  The voice-over (film-maker Bruce Brown) says desert riders are good people.

Later in the film, Steve McQueen is sitting down in the pits and says something like:  "You know, just about the time you think the world is all screwed up, you go riding with your friends and it's better."

Steve had something there.  The point was driven home not too long ago when I had to make a second move in a few months.  The deal fell through on our house and we had to get another place to live.  By the time the transaction was completed on the new house, I was very close to broke and wasn't looking forward to 250 or so trips in my van to get everything moved.  I had visions of driving the 20 miles to the new place with a bed strapped to the roof of my Dodge Caravan, a couple of dirt bikes stuffed inside and one of the dogs tied to the bumper, trying to keep up with the Beverly Hillbillies ensemble.

A few days before I was to start the big move, I got a phone call from Stephen Gautreau and another from Wes Holmes.  They said they would be out at my place with a few friends on Saturday to help.  This was great news, because I could use all the help I could get.

That Saturday, at around 10 in the morning, a huge 27-foot enclosed trailer pulled up to the house, towed by a big Dodge diesel.  And right behind it, was another 27-foot trailer.  Following these were another four or five pickup trucks, and you could tell they were dirt bikers from the stickers on the back windows. My jaw dropped!

People piled out of the vehicles.  Adults, kids, ladies … about 15 in all.

Wes and Stephen took charge and started getting the big stuff out and loaded.  The people worked at a furious pace and a steady stream of boxes made their way to the trailers.  In the barn, a little girl named Lilly carefully took all those dusty old trophies off the top shelves and wrapped them in newspaper.  One of the boys dropped a box of trophies and Lilly yelled at him, "Hey, be careful with those!" Tough cookie, that Lilly.

In about two hours, the first trailers were loaded and lumbered off to the new house.  An hour later, they returned and the loading started again.  Five hours from the start, the house was empty and I just shook my head.  From a seemingly hopeless situation, these Arizona dirt bikers pulled my butt out of the fire.  I can't thank them enough, but it sure makes the words of Bruce Brown ring true: Desert riders are good people.

(Note:  These were the folks who helped. Wes & Phyllis  Holmes, Andy & Lilly McCoy, Sean Sanders,  Monica Neill, Nick Majors and his two boys,  Nick Jr. and Kenny, Steve Lott, Stephen Gautreau, Bill Ramsey,  Jimmy McCleary and Jimmy's nephew, Jake.)

The crew all lined up. Click to view larger.

The crew, all lined up

Lilly the wonder girl. Click to view larger.

Lilly the wonder girl at work on the trophies.

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Wes Holmes had his own unique way of moving the bikes.

Valuable items like this sticker-covered parts washer were handled with care.Click to view larger.

Valuable items like this sticker-covered parts washer were handled with care.

Big trailers waiting to be filled.

Big trailers waiting to be filled.

As many of you know, VMX columnist and dirt bike Legend, Rick ‘Super Hunky’ Sieman, spent many a year living in Baja, Mexico.  There was plenty of freedom and plenty of places to still go dirt bike riding.  Due to a number of reasons, Rick and his wife Tina made the move to Arizona earlier this year and due to some health issues, they recently had to move again.  This move was even harder but thanks to a group of dirt bike riders it all went smoothly in the end.  We’ll let Rick take up the story…