My name is Chris Harris and I work in Information Technology, that makes me a GEEK. Sounds like the opening line at an AA meeting doesn’t it! I am currently working for a small company called Cloud HR where I look after the web based Human Resource system we sell and develop. I’ve worked as an IT consultant for the last 24 years mainly using software developed by IBM and it’s still something I enjoy. I am also a keen photographer and used that interest to get involved with an Equestrian Event Photography company where I cut my teeth learning the trade. I have since worked at weddings, photo shoots and even some band work but this continues to be a hobby rather than a career.
I was born in a small town called Canton, in Illinois, USA but moved when I was 3 to England with my mother who was from Reading. I moved to South Africa between the ages of 5 to 7 then moved back to England where I grew up. I have 3 grown up kids from my previous relationship who still live in Reading, however in the last 3 years I have spent a lot of time in Norfolk with my new partner Caroline who has been my rock and support during the build up to this trip. She’s is a very talented voiceover artist and singer which is very surreal when I hear her voice on TV adverts! Check her out at audiocaroline.com 🙂
A self confessed geek with a passion, technology, science, space, astronomy and aerospace interest me in particular and I was lucky enough to see one of the final launches of the Space Shuttle Atlantis from the press site at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida in 2010 as a guest of NASA, it’s the closest you can be during a launch and an experience I will never forget!
I have been riding motorcycles since I was about 12 when I would ride on private land with my best friend Ryan and our other friends. We would get cheap bikes, put knobbly tyres on and then race them around fields. Chicken chasers were a favourite (Honda C50/C70) and I had one on the road when I was at college which I still regret selling. I didn’t ride much from my late teens until about 9 years ago when I finally took my full bike test and bought my CBR 600f which I still ride today. I became involved in various biking forums and as a result of attending a Kill Spills event I became involved as a marshall at 3 of their events in London which gave me a chance to ride with approximately 8000 motorcycles through London and ride around Donington Race Track for a Guinness World Record.
However I have never toured on my motorcycle, I have only camped once, I have never been to Scandinavia or on a ferry for 18 hours! So this will be a whole new experience!