The RawHyde Team
My name is Audrey Rodriguez. I am Jim Hyde’s Assistant and the Administrator at RawHyde Adventures. I have been with RawHyde since December 2013.
I was born in Simi Valley, California, and now live in Castaic. I have ridden dirt bikes as a kid and teenager, and owned my own 125 quad. I never knew the adventure motorcycle world existed until coming to RawHyde. Since then, I have enjoyed communicating and meeting with customers and look forward to working with you RawHyde Adventures.
My other interests include....well, anything to do with the outdoors - camping, boating, shooting (sporting clays), and 4x4ing. Nothing compares to doing those things with my husband and two daughters. I hope to meet you out on the ranch someday. Call me to register for a class, rally, or tour!
Hi, my name is Bill Langford. I was born in California, although I spent my early years growing up in Richardson Texas, a small town just outside of Dallas. Growing up in the country as a young boy, I was infatuated with any two-wheeled motorized bike. I could ride for days in the Texas hills chasing armadillos, jackrabbits and cows.
After high school I joined the Navy and spent 5 years on Nuclear Submarines and Special Ops. Returning from the service I moved back to California and graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach. I own a design and manufacturing business in the sports industry called TRI ALL 3 SPORTS. We manufacture hard-shell cases for the transportation of racing bikes and racing wheels. We also make cases for Homeland Security and Special Ops. I am an avid cyclist and IRONMAN Triathlete. My wife Barbara is also an IRONMAN Triathlete and motorcycle enthusiast. We enjoy camping in our Sportsmobile, Photography, and target shooting.
I love motorcycles and have a number of BMW's and Ducati's. Riding a BMW or a Ducati on a racetrack will certainly get your adrenaline going. However my real passion is for Adventure Riding, exploring the backcountry on dirt trails, enjoying the beauty of our country that you don't see from a concrete highway. I have ridden all over the western part of the United States and Baja, including the Continental Divide from Mexico to Canada with Jim Hyde.
I met Jim Hyde in 2006 and joined his team in 2007. Our goal as Coaches at RawHyde is help you to develop the skills and confidence necessary to take you out of your normal comfort zone. To challenge you to take the journey that separates those who are only bystanders in life; to those who truly participate and explore the riches of life.
Greetings, fellow adventurers!
My name is Chris Zurn and at RawHyde, you'll catch me coaching the 'Intro to Adventure' course and helping support our epic tours.
A little about me... I had been riding pavement since 1989. During all that time, my inner voice had me looking down endless stretches of dirt. In more recent years, that inner voice ceased whispering and began shouting: "Get into adventure biking!" I heeded the call, purchased a 1200 GSA in late 2010, and 3 months later, found myself in the Intro course I now teach! I had been bitten by the adventure bug, and I've been infectiously promoting this sport since 2011.
I've ventured beyond the familiarity of home and explored Mexico, the Continental Divide and most recently, Alaska and Canada. I predict and hope the lens in which you view the world will forever change as it did for me.
When I'm not savoring the grit, I work in technology risk management for a global mutual fund company. I spend most of my time with my lovely girlfriend and her terrific kids, and I tempt her to join me on two wheels whenever possible. After all, the inner voice still beckons...
My mission is to share enthusiasm, skills and helpful information with new riders whenever possible. I can't wait to help you steer your own ship, and it sets sail at RawHyde. Four wheels move the body, but two wheels move the soul. Carpe adventum, friends!
Hi my name is Jason Houle. I was born in New Hampshire and have resided in Arizona for the past 30 years. I have been coming to RawHyde since 2008. Just like most of you, I was a student myself at one time and then just fell in love with everything that this place has to offer. It is a life changing experience, you might say.
I have been riding motorcycles since I was about four years old, and there is nothing else that I would rather be on then two wheels. If I'm not at my “real” job building power lines for a utility company in Phoenix, then I am on my bike riding, training and practicing doing what I love to do. The world has many adventures awaiting us and I feel like you should be trying to do as many as you can; ESPECIALLY on a motorcycle. I also enjoy spending time with my wife (who also rides) and my lovely daughter.
Some of my other hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, overnight camping and just doing anything that gets me outdoors.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you conquer your off-road fears. I will see you in the dirt, let's go ride!
Jeff Camacho has been an Instructor with RawHyde since 2011. Being a California native, it's afforded him the gift of being smack dab in the middle the "SoCal Motorcycle Culture".
Jeff has owned all types of motorcycles from dirt bikes to Harley Davidson Motorcycles to performance bikes until finally finding and falling in love with his BMW R1200GS Adventure.
He has been riding since the tender age of 6 years old. He spent his childhood riding the California Deserts and Mountains. For several years, Jeff was active in racing the AMA District 37 Grand Prix Circuit and has raced the famed Lake Elsinore Grand Prix many times.
Although Jeff proudly coaches newer riders at RawHyde, He affectionately remembers the joys and pains of the learning process. Helping others reach their goals truly gives him another form of fulfillment from motorcycling.
Jeff has been lucky enough to participate in several of RawHyde’s big tours. Two of his favorite tours are RawHyde’s Continental Divide Ride (CDR) and more recently, RawHyde’s Big Bikes in Baja Tour. They are both vastly different in many ways but they each allow you to see parts of North America that many don’t have an opportunity to see.
To say motorcycles are his passion would be an understatement. If he’s not spending quality time with his kids, Emma and Cash, or working in Pasadena as the Sr. Vice President of an engineering services company, it’s safe to say he’s probably out riding!
Born and raised on the legendary BMWs of the '1970s, Joe Abramo was obsessed with BMW Motorrad from a very young age. To say that working as a coach with Rawhyde is a dream come true would be an understatement. Joe has always loved working with people and is willing share his passion for bikes with anyone who feels the same love for these incredible machines.
Hello and welcome to the incredible world of Adventure Riding!
I’m Jon K. and I’m happy to say you have come to the right place to develop your skills and confidence as an Adventure Rider. I started riding street bikes as a teenager and made many mistakes as I learned how to handle a motorcycle on the congested roads and freeways of Southern California. It wasn’t until many years later that I took my first motorcycle safety course and realized just how much I had yet to learn. The importance and value of quality motorcycle training cannot be overstated.
I grew up with an appreciation for nature and a love of exploration. With that in mind, I made the transition to dual-sport motorcycles in 2005 and discovered a whole new world of possibility on two wheels. I attended the “Intro to Adventure” training at RawHyde Adventures in 2011, and joined the staff as a coach and guide later that year. Since that time, I have had the pleasure of coaching and guiding tours while working alongside some of the best (and most entertaining) adventure riders to be found anywhere.
I’m proud to be part of the RawHyde team and I look forward to seeing you on the trail!
My name is Kerry Schilf and I was born in Chicago Illinois. I currently reside in Southern California and have a background in law enforcement. Growing up, I had a strong sense of adventure and I loved outdoor activities. It didn’t take long before I met friends with a passion for motorcycles. I didn’t get the opportunity to own a motorcycle as a youngster, but I purchased my first street bike at the age of 20 and never looked back!
I have had the opportunity to work many different assignments during my law enforcement career, but nothing has been more rewarding than being a member of the Traffic/Motorcycle squad. I joined the motorcycle squad in 1999 and became the Motorcycle Training Officer in 2006. Teaching precision riding techniques has been my passion and I enjoy seeing people improve their skill level.
My other interests included horsemanship, camping, fishing, and snow skiing. Most importantly, I get to share all of my life experiences with an amazing wife (who I met in 1992)!
I look forward to riding with you and sharing the RawHyde Adventures!
Hi there! I’m Lauren Kennedy. I was born in Louisiana, and grew up a swamp rat, roaming around on a farm with my sister, 5 dogs, 10 cats, 30 cows, countless turtles and a horse. Both my parents are ‘gypsies’ and loved to travel and camp. Ditto my granny, who was prone to spiriting us gals away on road trips around the south, usually driving 90 behind a semi with all the windows open, and our bare feet hanging out the windows, stopping at every creek, rock shop and bbq joint we could find. My dad rode and raced dirt bikes when he was younger and we always had bikes around. My mom is a saint who spent most of her time trying to introduce us to a bar of soap, and out-fishing us all with a cane pole and a cricket.
My parents moved us to Wyoming when I was 16, and although at the time I was sure I would die, eventually I discovered that I loved the mountains as much as I loved the swamp. I now live in Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak.
Several summers ago I was dating a Fella who rode a BMW R1200GS and introduced me to Adventure riding world. I spent an entire summer on the back of a GS and I fell in Love (with the GS, NOT the Fella). Last year I sold my Vulcan 800 and became the proud owner of a BMW G 650 GS Thumper.
Last summer a friend introduced me to RawHyde Adventures. They are an exceptional and amazing group of people, whose spirit for adventure and love of life I heartily endorse and enjoy. I jumped in with both feet and you’ll find me at the Colorado camp. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, so when I’m not at Camp I’m doing massages, trying to grow vegetables on a red dirt hill, running or mountain biking, keeping the bears out of my compost bucket, going to as many music festivals as I can or making my way to one of Colorado fabulous craft breweries. I look forward to meeting you!
Hello, I am Mike Rand. I was born in the heart of the Colorado Rockies in Leadville, only 10,200ft up in elevation. Currently I call home in Carbondale, Colorado. As owner of Hanging Lake Fine Art, I install, pack, crate, and manage works of fine art in the Aspen and Vail areas to museum standards. In addition, my personal ceramic, photographic and large scale installation works of art are exhibited internationally and museum archived. I am also father of two very energized daughters and a one son.
I did not start riding motorcycles until my early 20’s. When arriving in Australia in 2000 to work on my master’s degree I quickly found myself on a R1150GS and did not look back. I started what most call the “adventure rider” lifestyle in Australia by riding literally straight across the remote desert roads of the Outback and mountains of Tasmania. From there I continued to ride all of the North American adventure roads from Prudhoe Bay to Goose Bay, parts of Europe, and everything in between. More of late, I ride my GS in Colorado and Utah normally surprising the other back country motorized adventurers as to where one can actually ride a 600lb motorcycle. Next to motorcycling, I enjoy back country skiing, and working with my kids in the family art studio.
I started with Rawhyde Adventures when they opened their Colorado Facility outside of Hartsel. As a guide for Rawhyde to all the different Colorado back country roads, I now the get the pleasure of showing others all of the hidden riding and local treasures my state has to offer. After years of riding solo it’s great to be able to lead others in rides and adventures in the high altitudes of Colorado.
Hi my name is Ryan Russett. I was born and raised in Iowa and moved to Phoenix at the age of 20. I have been in Phoenix for 18 years and work as a journeyman lineman for a largest utility in Arizona. I have a girlfriend and an 8 year old son. We are huge Supercross fans (GO DUNGEY) and my son rides track on a 50. I have been riding motorcycles since I was 15 and most of my riding has been off-road.
I love to ride dirtbikes but adventure riding has consumed me. It is absolutely amazing to go to different parts of the world on a motorcycle, be able to ride off-road, and see things that most people will never see in their lifetime. RawHyde has given me the opportunity to be involved in something that I love, help others to improve their riding abilities, and be a part of this amazing ADVENTURE world!!! I look forward to riding with you.
My name is Trev Richter. I am from Ft. Collins, CO and have lived there since 1982. I own Colorado ADV Moto and have been a carpenter for most of my life.
I have been on 2 wheels for most of my life, from BMX as a kid, and motorcycles from my teenage years until now. I have always wanted to combine my passions of camping, travel, and motorcycles, Adventure Riding has done that! It's amazing how many people approach you when on a bike. In my opinion, it's the only way to travel!
I have been a coach and tour guide for Rawhyde since 2014. I have met a lot of great people, made some very close friends, and have LOVED every second! It is an honor to be able to help someone improve a skill, or get past a fear. See you on the trail…
Hello I am Wil Stillens and I am a Rawhyde instructor.
I have been involved with Jim Hyde since I was 13 years old, what started out as pulling weeds, painting and demolition became the foundation for a very important friendship. Approximately, in 2002 I received a phone call from Jim—he asked me to come see something special that he wanted me to be a part of—and with that, my coaching career had begun. This was an easy transition since from childhood I had been riding dirtbikes, mountain bikes, anything on two wheels basically. I am an ex-downhill mountain bike racer on the California Amateur Cup, the State Series and Nationals. The skills are the same; weight shift, brake control, balance. I loved it and turns out I love teaching it as well.
I love helping others with their motorcycle skills. Adventure riding the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I realize that adventure riding goes way beyond the bike... It is a lifestyle, with some of the nicest people I have ever met. I will do this for the rest of my life. So please ride with us and take the adventure of a lifetime!
Hi my name is Julia Delreal, I am the Head Chef here at RawHyde Adventures.
I was born and raised in San Gabriel valley, and currently live in the ‘canyon country’ of Santa Clarita. While attending the Culinary Arts Program in College, I was interviewed by the RawHyde team to fill a position as assistant Chef. I quickly came to love the people and atmosphere at RawHyde, and was excited to be given the chance to work here.
I love cooking, and have been doing so since I was small. I also enjoy the outdoors, music, camping, and meeting new people. I especially enjoy my two kids! I look forward to meeting and cooking for you at RawHyde!
Hello, I’m Rob Day.
I was born in Newport News, Virginia and live in Los Angeles.
I’ve been riding motorcycles since the early 80’s, and am also a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.
I work for Fox Sports in Los Angeles as an engineer, and have been with the company since 1997.
My first motorcycle was a Yamaha DT-100 Enduro. After that and up until 2012, all of my bikes were street bikes. I bought my first GS and became instantly hooked on riding these bikes off road.
I attended all of the curriculum offered at RawHyde Adventures, as well as several tours and alumni rides.
I have also ridden several Backcountry Discovery Routes as well as several rides in Mexico.
I am now a coach at RawHyde Adventures, a job that I find very rewarding and a lot of fun!