Back in 2006, his eight year old son asked Jeffrey why people were fighting in wars around the world. He wondered if his dad could do something to stop them.
So Jeffrey sold his business, made preparations, and hit the road. Seven years and 78 countries later, he estimates that he has two more years to go before he will have visited 100 countries and logged the equivalent kilometers of circling the globe eight times.
I had the special honor of meeting and speaking with Jeffrey recently at the San Francisco Indonesian Consulate on a stop in his worldwide journey. The next day he was back on his BMW motorcycle, heading south down the California coast on his continuing voyage around the world.
Five continents on two wheels is his goal. He brings the message of peace one encounter at a time, he says. The 51 year old Indonesian native has a wife and three children who visit him every few months wherever he is in the world.
Mainly his adventures and encounters have been positive ones. For example, Iranians were very hospitable when his bike broke down. They repaired it for free, saying, “We do not want your money. You are representing us. Go for peace, we want peace.” Crossing Khyber Pass which links Afghanistan with Pakistan, he had an accident which left him stranded, but he managed to get to help. Ironically it was in civilized Holland where his bike was stolen. Some other glitches occurred when Israel didn’t permit him to enter with his motorcycle and after entering China police stopped him every few kilometers so he gave up and left the country.
From the arctic and Siberia to Japan, South Korea, Vladivostok, Mongolia, Morocco, Champs-Elysee, Route 66, the Grand Canyon, and Death Valley in the USA, Jeffrey spreads his message of friendship and peace.
His book Wind Rider has been published in Indonesia and his amazing film will be distributed at some time in the future.
Check out his website and twitter feed at