Wesley is a founding member of the Rally for Rangers. Since its inception, as an avid motorcyclist, Wesley spearheaded the Rally for Rangers, raised awareness internationally about the National Parks of Mongolia, and rode in all rallies.
Wesley is the founder of Trend Digital, www.trend-digital.com, which specializes in post-production imaging services for e-commerce clothing and fashion retailers. Wesley is also a photographer, adventurer, and traveler and has documented the tribes of Omo Valley, Ethiopia, to the nomadic shamans of Mongolia. He currently lives in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Tom Medema developed a passion for national parks at a young age on family vacations throughout the American west. This passion turned into a career as a park ranger spanning nearly 30 years. Tom is equally passionate about national parks and public lands around the world and has worked with parks and monuments in South America and Europe as a subject matter expert in the field of interpretation and education. The opportunity to support the protection of natural and cultural heritage of parks and protected areas around the world is an opportunity he is excited and humbled to be a part of.
Tom is a sports and outdoor enthusiast, spending much of his free time enjoying two-wheeled travel by mountain bike, road bike, and motorbike. Over the past 20 years he has owned Harley-Davidson and BMW bikes and is currently riding an F800GS on the back roads and trails of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia in preparation for the next epic and compelling adventure protecting the worlds special places one motorcycle at a time.
Mike Ferrell is from Raleigh, NC and works in marketing for Lenovo. He’s also studying broadcast journalism at the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mike’s been fascinated with motorcycles since he was young but has only been riding the past eight years. His first bike was a Buell Blast, and after year of riding and learning, he upgraded to a Ducati 09’ GT1000 – a bike he still rides today. His passion for Ducati grew and in 2016 purchased a 10’ Multistrada 1200 ST for commuting and adventuring. Last summer, Mike and a buddy rode their motorcycles almost 5,000 miles in 11 days across 15 states, visiting several national parks.
Rally for Rangers is an incredible opportunity to combine many of Mike’s passions: traveling on two wheels, protecting natural resources and learning about other people and cultures. A moto journey across Mongolia is a once in a lifetime adventure and he feels honored to contribute to such a great cause – the rangers of Altai Tavan Bogd National Park.
Paul was instilled with a love for the outdoors and public lands at a young age. He grew up hunting, fishing, and operating off-road vehicles with his father. These pursuits were put on the back burner during college and his twenties- sometimes life gets in the way. With a new career and more personal freedom, he’s ready to fully pursue these interests again and is excited to help others care for the great outdoors.
Paul currently takes frequent trips on his Triumph Street Scrambler to the mountains of North Carolina to enjoy “the twisties” and hammock camp with other riders. He is chasing the goal of visiting every U.S. National Park, either by motorcycle or in his Jeep. He is also getting more active in the overlanding community, volunteering at Overland Expos on both sides of the country.
Growing up in Reno, NV, Bryon grew up taking full advantage of the outdoors. Hiking, camping, fly fishing, and mountain biking filled Bryon’s childhood and it wasn’t until he moved to Berkeley, CA for college that he got his first taste of motorcycles. While at the University of California Berkeley, Bryon helped to build the world’s first autonomous motorcycle, Ghostrider. Working on that project got him hooked on motorcycles for life. One bike led to 2, then 3 and is currently at 9, although most don’t currently work (but will soon). In 2013 he completed an Iron Butt ride around NV and still looks for any opportunity to take on a new challenge or adventure on a motorcycle.
When not spending time working on motorcycles and cars, Bryon has a real job working at a company building agricultural robots.
After watching “The Long Way Round” Bryon put Mongolia on the top of his bucket list of places to travel. It was a quick decision to join Rally for Rangers after finding out he could ride motorcycles and do something valuable for the national parks of Mongolia.
Anna’s first foray into the two-wheeled world had a less than auspicious start when she whiskey throttled her rental scooter onto a sidewalk during her college fall break in the Bahamas. Nevertheless, she persisted. Upon moving to San Francisco at the age of 27, she purchased a used motorcycle and for weeks practiced riding around the empty streets at dawn. Motorcycling quickly became a passion of hers and before she knew it was commuting daily on a motorcycle, spending her weekends riding the back roads of the Bay Area, and boring all her very patient non-rider friends with nonstop chatter about bikes.
Anna works in construction robotics and when she’s not exploring California on her much-loved Street Triple R and trusty WR250R enjoys cooking, SCUBA, snowboarding, camping, traveling, and hosting pig roasts. She also recently launched a wine label called “Countersteer” and is excited to be able to combine her interests in wine and motorcycling (although obviously not at the same time).
Anna knew she wanted to participate in Rally for Rangers the instant she heard about the program through friends. Her first dual sport adventure, a 2,500-mile trip along the Carretera Austral to Ushuaia, was an unforgettable experience that opened her eyes to the joys of exploring the hidden corners of the earth on two wheels. Given the positive impact motorcycles have had on her life, she is particularly inspired by the mission of Rally for Rangers —to better the lives of those who are working hard to protect Mongolia’s natural resources—and is honored to have been chosen to take part in this year’s Rally.
Originally from the east coast, Mike is a freelance engineer based in Oakland, CA. He’s spent his entire career designing, building, and working with machines of all types. He thinks riding a motorcycle is the by far best way to enjoy the beautiful weather and majestic landscapes of California.
Mike Kennan heard about the Rally for Rangers from riders that did it in previous years and he’s extremely excited to be a part of the ride in 2018. In addition to the excitement of having the opportunity to ride a motorcycle across some of the most amazing terrain in the world, it’s a unique opportunity to help protect this same area before it gets developed or otherwise spoiled. As someone from the West, he thinks they have a limited appreciation for how things work in developing nations. While it’s good that a government can make laws, it doesn’t matter if no one is able enforce those laws. This is a chance to give the rangers the tools they need to help protect this ancient landscape.
Charles “Chuck” Flinton is a forensic psychologist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Patagonia is his second “Rally for Rangers” outing. Raised in Saratoga Springs, New York, he became an early fan of state parks. Having ridden a motorcycle in every state except Louisiana and Alaska, he became enamored with gifts of nature. Over the years, he became aware of the threats to our environment, and the importance of protecting it. This starts with preserving national parks both locally and around the world.
When the opportunity arose to assist in providing motorcycles to the park rangers in Mongolia in 2015, he signed up immediately. The motorcycles empowered park rangers to access areas of the park more quickly and safely.
Protecting our environment against corporate forces and un-informed individuals is a mountainous obstacle. We can climb it together with education and providing resources to those at the forefront of protecting nature. Specifically, our PARK RANGERS!
On a more personal note, many years ago, Chuck was immobilized with pain due to ankylosing spondylitis (a spine and joint disease) forcing him to give up riding motorcycles. With the help of friends and science, the ride continues. So, in addition to promoting national parks, Chuck promotes the awareness that anyone (or any community) can overcome challenges on any level (personal, local, or global). Let’s save ourselves while we protect our parks.
Jacob was born and raised in a small historic mining town called Grass Valley, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s in California. He grew up in the outdoors primarily skiing and mountain biking, and generally exploring all across the country in his Toyota Tacoma. These last couple of years he’s been on the dirt bike a lot more, and has always dreamed of doing an epic cross country trip on a motorcycle. For work, Jacob is a mechanical engineer for an Ag-Tech company called Blue River Technology, where they’re using computer vision, deep learning, and smart machines to revolutionize the way we spray chemicals and treat plants in agriculture.
He fell in love with dirt-biking while in college on the central coast of California. Charles spent much of his free time learning to repair and maintain everything from gold wings to scooters. Recently he has been spending most of his spare weekends journeying into the forests of northern California in search of spectacular and challenging trails.
Growing up Charles had lots of opportunity to travel the world, and got to experience amazing places. He also developed a deep respect for our plant’s natural beauty while traveling to countless state and national parks across the united states. Now he wants to make a difference wherever he goes, so this opportunity is everything he could ever ask for.