Motorcyclist magazine tapped local couple for Alps tour
Steve and Heidi Gish of Shingle Springs are motorcycle enthusiasts who love to ride and who have traveled the world to do it. Heidi Gish, who has ridden dirt bikes off-road and has her own Honda XR200, only rides as a passenger on the street with husband Steve.
Last spring Steve, a program manager at Intel, received an e-mail from Motorcyclist magazine (America’s oldest publication of its type and which just celebrated its 100th year of publishing) that in conjunction with Edelweiss Bike Travel, an Austrian-based motorcycle touring company, which is also the largest of its type in the world, asking its readers to apply for a trip of a lifetime for 10 people who would travel to Europe to tour the Alps on motorcycles.
Edelweiss classifies its trips as easy, moderate and tough. This was to be a tough trip for experienced riders only. The idea was to test eight different adventure motorcycles riding the Alps along with two editors from the Motorcyclist staff, Aaron Frank and Ari Henning. The result would be a feature story in the October 2013 issue of Motorcyclist magazine. And a feature story it was, covering 22 pages and over 40 pictures, including several quotes from the Gishes.
The Gishes have basically lived their whole lives (from ages 10 and 12) in El Dorado County, both graduating from Ponderosa High in 1978, building and living in the same house since ...