Neale Bayly Rides: Peru Takes SPEED™ Viewers on ‘Adventure with a Purpose’

  Neale Bayly Rides: Peru Takes SPEED™ Viewers on ‘Adventure with a Purpose’

    Doctor, Entrepreneur & ‘Whiskey Priest’ Team for Motorcycle Ride of a
                  Lifetime, Finish with Service to Orphanage

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- February 12, 2013

Motorcycle journalist Neale Bayly has explored much of the world on little
more than two wheels, riding throughout 45 countries in 35 years, many of them
at the helm of adventure-seeking expeditions. But this ride will be different.

Neale Bayly, host of the new SPEED Channel series, Neale Bayly Rides, talks
with Dr. Laura Ellis dur ...

Neale Bayly, host of the new SPEED Channel series, Neale Bayly Rides, talks
with Dr. Laura Ellis during training session for 9-day trip across Peru (Photo
Credit: Brian Gomsak for SPEED)

Leading an eclectic band of travelers aboard BMW GS-800s and GS-1200s, each
rider with varying degrees of riding experience, the unshaven, mop-haired Brit
headlines Midgett Productions’ Neale Bayly Rides: Peru, a three-part series
expected to air on SPEED in June. Produced by Emmy winner Linda Midgett,
showrunner for History’s Gangland and Investigation Discovery’s FBI: Criminal
Pursuit, Neale Bayly Rides: Peru spends nine days following a group of riders
from Lima to Moquegua and the Hogar Belen Orphanage, where they will assist
with multiple projects.

“I guarantee it will be a life-changing experience … for all of them,” said
Bayly, who founded Wellspring International Outreach, in part, to support the
orphanage. “You can’t go through something like this and come out the other
side the same way. The way we sort of compress time and add so much adventure,
excitement, adrenaline, hopes, fears … I think it will really dig into them

“Spend five minutes with Neale as he expresses his passion for this project
and you, too, will be ready to drop what you are doing and join him on this
odyssey that is so much more than the sum of its parts,” said SPEED’s VP of
Programming and Executive Producer Robert Ecker. “There is nothing forced,
faked or contrived about Neale; the ride to Peru is every bit as much about
the journey as the destination. He really is this socially conscious two-wheel
adventurer who wants to impact people’s lives and make the world a better
place. His enthusiasm and passion are genuine and contagious.”

Joining Bayly on the service adventure, which began Sunday, Dr. Laura Ellis,
Rev. James Johnson and Troy Rice will test themselves in a variety of ways.

Ellis, the least experienced rider of the trio, has spent nearly every weekend
since Thanksgiving training in South Carolina under the tutelage of 20/20
Racing’s Ike Dejager at TNT Motorsports Park. No stranger to adventure sports
-- she mountain bikes, rock climbs, deep sea dives and kayaks -- Ellis
accepted the invitation despite her novice riding status, noting she was drawn
to the journey for personal reasons.

“The charity component is the most important part of the ride for me,” said
Ellis, an Asheville, N.C., surgeon and co-Medical Director at medAge. “This
came at a very important time in my life. I turned 50 this year. My husband
and I have been talking for the last two years about how we can give back.
We’ve worked hard all of our lives … I think being open to opportunities like
this at this point in our lives is important; not only being open, but

Troy Rice, an IT business owner and Charlotte, N.C.-based entrepreneur, brings
four years of riding experience along for the trek, looking in some ways for a
simple escape from the every day.

“It’s the fellowship of getting out in the middle of nowhere,” Rice said.
“There is nobody that can call me on my cell phone about work. Just getting
out there and rubbing handle bars … just getting back to the basics; almost
like being a kid again.”

And it’s the third rider, the Presbyterian minister affectionately known as
the “Whiskey Priest,” who offers big-picture perspective to the adventure. An
accomplished rider and experienced world traveler, James Johnson was born and
raised in the Bahamas and has been riding motorcycles since he was nine (he
went to traffic court when he was 11 for doing 60 mph on a sidewalk).

“One of the best things about having traveled as much as I have, is you learn
to put away certain expectations and just be open to the ride,” Johnson said.
“The more I do that, the more I actually see new things, experience new things
… and I always find that when you travel in a group like this, Dr. Laura or
Neale or Troy are going to experience things that I wouldn’t see without being
with them. It’s this shared experience of being together that just expands
your horizons and your own experience. So, I’m trying to go into it as
open-minded as possible … whatever comes. There is a fairly specific timeline
and certain things we are trying to do, but just trying to be ready for it and
suck the marrow out of life.”

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