Vocalist Bobby 'Blitz' Ellsworth
Interviewed by EvilG
Transcription by Waspman
From the first time I saw OverKill's video for
"Hello From Gutter" with the flying skull way back in the
late 80's I've counted myself as an OverKill fan. OverKill are one of
the few thrash metal bands from that period who never watered down
their sound or broke up like so many of their peers. The band has seen
line-up changes over the years but vocalist Bobby "Blitz"
Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni have been there since the beginning.
The band are back with their 13th studio album aptly entitled KILLBOX
13 containing 10 tracks of thrash metal that is sure to satisfy the
band's loyal following.
I was given the pleasure to speak to "Blitz"
on a bright and early Saturday morning just a couple days after the
release of KILLBOX 13.
Let's start out with your new album, KILBOX 13. As the title
suggests, this is the band's 13th album...
13th studio album, yeah.
Right, 13th studio album.
That includes an E.P. that we did back in 1984 before being signed.
That's where the 13 comes from.
Now that the album is out, how do you think that it stands up
against the rest of your catalogue?
it's been out now three or four days so it's really hard to not be
biased about it, or give you an honest answer. It's usually best to wait
a year or so to let the songs sink in. Quite obviously a band like us
has done this for so long and has so much material, it's really hard to
be unbiased about ourselves. I think we are what we are and we know
that. We've never had an identity crisis. I know it's metal record, I
know it stands up, but what number amongst the 13? I couldn't even
fathom a guess. It may be 1, it may be 13, but I AM happy with it. A
general overview that I feel about it that it's a good blend of where
we've come from and where we are. We've refused guitar into it at a high
level. It's probably since the ...UNDERGROUND record one of the more
vocal hook oriented records that we've done.
This is your first studio album for Spitfire Records. How have
things been with your new label? Are you guys happy now?
Well you know, one of the reasons that we've attained longevity is
that we're in every corner and nook and cranny and darkest spots that
you can possibly be in this business. We're involved in everything.
These are nice people that sell records. These are metalheads. These are
good things. Let's see where it goes from there. I think it's pretty
easy to promote a live record, and I think that I know what to expect
for the promotion of a live record, but when it comes to this record,
it's just kind of our maiden or virgin voyage here. I'm optimistic, I'm
happy with these people. That's what attracted us to this label was
their commitment to the scene. Again, it's three days into this. Ask me
again and I may be taking pot shots (laughs). Or I may be standing up
and applauding (laughs). You never know!
(laughs) My favorite song on KILLBOX 13 so far is "Devil by
the Tail". What is that song about?
Well, I always write internally when I do lyrics. For me it's kind of
a journey since the HORRORSCOPE record. What I mean by that is that
every year I kind peel away a layer of an onion and look a little bit
deeper. What I did with this specifically is to peel that layer away and
fuse the Canterbury Tales and the Seven Deadly Sins within the scope of
the whole record. This song is envy, that sin. What I also did was apply
it to me. You have to understand that I don't think of myself as any
different than most people, on let's say the even plane. I think we all
have the same hopes and fears, etc. We may have different politics, but
I think that when you get to the core of the person, we want the same
things. That's why I looked at it this way, how sins affect my life.
Some can be my downfall, some of them I actually celebrate. "Devil
by the Tail" is simply envy and how I perceive envy to be.
So there are seven songs on here, each one representing one of the
Yeah. Anger actually gets a couple of spots in there. I'm finding
that's one of my...
Easier ones? (laughs)
(laughs) I wouldn't even say easier. If I was honest about it that's
the one that gets me all the time. That's the one that knocks me off the
beam. What I mean by that is that it's the one I'm partial to. It's not
necessarily the best thing for me all the time. I consider myself lucky
to be able to vent it through music, and be doing it for quite some time
now, as opposed to, you talk to some psychiatrist and they say it's some
kind of a sick therapy. So it's always work for me. On KILLBOX 13 I'm
trying to think of the last one I did..."I Rise". I was
penning "I Rise" and...I always feel like there's some great
weight lifted from me when I finish a record, like "Phew! I'm glad
I got that out!". (laughs)
I remember a few years ago you were interviewed on Canada's
MuchMusic and you were talking about the influences on the lyrics and I
remember you said something like hate was a much stronger emotion
involved and it's easier for your band to express.
I do think it is. It has a much larger impact from the side of the
fence that we stand on. Most certainly love is celebrate in music all
the time, it's commonplace. If you look at it from the point of view
where we stand, we're not hateful people yet at the same time we
recognize the power in it. If this is all about power and the hates that
we possess, it's easy for us to portray that musically.
You said that when you finished your last song you were kind of
like "phew!". Was this album any more difficult for you, or
was it pretty much routine?
Certainly we have a formula. We've been doing this for a long time
and if it's not broke, don't fix it. We do add new things as we go
along. For example Dave Linsk has had a free hand on this album in terms
of interpretation. For me personally it wasn't this experience of toil
and pain. I like writing lyrics, I look forward to doing them. I do them
right here where I'm talking to you. I've got a little portable studio
set up and I scare my dogs and my wife when I'm down here screaming
these lyrics. The cool thing about it is that it's fun, but it's not
easy. I've written, or co-written 130 songs or something. So I really
don't like to repeat where we've been. Of course I don't want to abandon
the standards that we set for ourselves 18 years ago, but I don't want
to go over the same ground. That's not the hardest thing. It's picking a
topic, choosing your lyrics carefully, to not repeat yourself vocally.
It's tedious work sometimes going, "that reminds me of
something", and having to go back through 12 other fuckin' records
to find out where it existed! (laughs) It's hard to a degree, but I
always look forward to it. I've been a headbanger since headbanging was
around, and it's still a fun thing.
Prior to this album you put out a live album and DVD. A lot of
bands now are putting out live DVDs, but a lot of people are saying that
WRECKING EVERYTHING LIVE is a step above. What do you think made the
difference on this DVD?
we've always...we've never written the perfect studio record, and we'll
admit that. It's probably part of the reason that we continue to make
music. We've come very fuckin' close to making the perfect live show.
It's really all guns for us. It's not stepping into it lightly. It's
Overkill. Overkill to us is quite obviously a standard. You do the most
you can to make it right. D.D. and I put our asses on the line for that
show and we co-promoted it. We weren't sure that that many people were
going to show up. We had to sellout to even make that a break even. We
put as much lights as that place would handle, we put as much PA as it
could handle, and we dusted off some of the gems that have been missed
in our set, like "Shred", and "I Hate". These
haven't been songs in our set over the last 8 years or so. I think our
standard and value for this is at the highest level day to day. It's not
just a matter of, "Ah, it's just another day, or another
show". You don't take it that way. Every new opportunity is grasped
and choked to death by the band. (laughs) I'm not going to say that it
gives us a leg up on other people, but I think that gives us a great
amount of satisfaction when it comes to our releases. You may not like
BLOODLETTING, you may not like NECROSHINE, or TAKING OVER, but for us,
we stopped there and we put everything we fuckin' had into it. Of
course, it's up to you, it's your opinion, I'm happy you have one. The
other side of the coin is that I can never look in the mirror and say,
"I should have done this". I guess that carries over to the
DVD and it's really just quite simply a philosophy that we've carried
with us since the FEEL THE FIRE days.
You have a fairly new member of the band, Derek Taylor. How's that
probably one of the most twisted individuals I've met in my life, and
I've met a lot of twisted individuals, let me tell you! (laughs) I mean
that in the nicest possible way though. He's pleasant to be around, he
always entertaining, he's a good friend, he's got a great heart. He
cares and he shreds. These are qualities that I love to see in the band.
Contrary to popular belief, D.D. and I don't have a really sharp axe
where we cut heads off. People leave this band because they want to
leave. We don't have rules about side projects or anything except for
the standards that I mentioned before. You have to want to be here.
Derek wants to be here. He filled in for D.D. when we returned from the
European tour for the birth of his second child. We were kind of aware
that this was going to happen but we weren't sure if we were going to
get the whole tour in. So Derek came over and played bass and it was
weird for me to have somebody different on my left after all these
years. I had a kind of animosity about it, like, "This isn't D.D.!"
(laughs). After being with him for about two weeks on the road, he's a
funny guy, he's fuckin' insane! (laughs). Joe Comeau left to sing with
Annihilator. Derek was a plug-in piece right there. He was somebody we
liked and that's way more important to us than somebody who is a
virtuoso. Nothing about talent here, Derek handles it. This is a tight
band. Very, very happy with it.
He was playing bass originally with Dee Snider's SMFs. Was he a
guitar player at all before or was it something new for him?
No, guitar first, bass second. He actually adapted to it for the Dee
thing and a few other bands, but he's been a rhythm guitarist since
music came into his life.
So he doesn't play any of the lead on the album?
Nope. Solid backbone is what Derek is.
Was he able to help with any of the arranging and writing for this
Well, he's the newest guy, so probably the least amount of input.
I'll be honest about it. Derek's new, he's feeling his way into the
band, but he's doing his best to have his end of it happen, but we
couldn't have done it without him. That's the way we feel. This is quite
simply about teamwork, nothing else. Derek's role will increase in time.
On the other side, look at stage left, and Dave Linsk has come of age
with this band. Dave's first outing with us was BLOODLETTING, and with
KILLBOX Dave's kind of got free hand and he understands the band. He's
really infused this intense guitar work that is memorable and has a
fresh tone. He has a unique approach to it. That's the newest aspect to
the band. That was the "get out of jail free" card that we
What was the "get out of jail free" card?
Well, to do whatever the fuck you want. (laughs)
He has a side band called Speed Kill Hate.
Yeah, Derek and Tim are in that too.
Are they planning an album, 'cause I've heard a few tracks on
They definitely have some shows coming up. The Worcester Metalfest,
Metal and Hardcore fest in Massachusetts. I think they're looking. They
didn't do it just for the sake of just fun. Dave, Derek, and Tim are
people who like to do this stuff. I hope it works for them!
I think all of the members of Overkill are involved in another
side band, I'm not sure that you are though.
Me? I rob convenience stores. That's what I do on the side. I always
give the money back and there is no blood. It's all about the thrill of
it. (laughs). I've done some stuff with some guys. It's more for me and
the guy I do it with as opposed to full release. There's a great thing
about Overkill that it still excites me. There's the other side though
that's not pure and that's the business side. I run a lot of it with D.D.
It was nice to go into a studio, actually a computer in a guy's bedroom,
and just write songs for the sake of writing. He felt the same way. He's
touring all the time with 2 bands, and he understood heavy, and I
thought it would be cool to just go with it. It's actually Chris Caffery
D.D.'s also in a band with the guy who was in Savatage (Jack
Oh yeah! (laughs) It's not like really being in a band. You are, but
you get these guys together...Jeff's friends with D.D. You're in the
same studio with guys for a long period of time, and you get to talking
over coffee and bagel in the morning, and the next thing you know a band
is formed. These guys don't really tour, but they do release. Since D.D.
was in this band, we were on this wild fringe of drinking which I
continued to do for many years after, but D.D. dropped out of that and
began reading (laughs). It was always Anne Rice and Steven King, that
horror/sci-fi kind of a vibe. To this day, he still reads that stuff. I
think the Bronx Casket Co. is a great mirror of things that don't fit in
Overkill but things that D.D. loves. I've always celebrated it, I wish
nothing but the best for them, and like it. It's part of my extended
If you don't mind my asking, I'd like to ask about the whereabouts
of some of the past members of Overkill?
The first would be guitarist Bobby Gustafson.
Dead. Next. (laughs)
You're kidding? He died this morning did he? (laughs)
I think I'll give you that answer for all of them! (laughs) Bobby's
in touch with me occasionally. He's down in Florida, owns his own
business. Plays guitar, and works with some younger bands. I don't think
he does anything professionally, but is involved with helping a few
acts. He calls me monthly about stuff, motorcycle parts. (laughs). It's
friendly. He's doing well.
The last time I heard anything from him was when he was with Skrew.
I don't think he's recorded with a band since then.
I don't think so. I don't even know if he recorded with them, I know
he toured with them. Before that he did the Cycle Sluts. He had his own
project called Eye for an Eye. He's doing really well, happy guy living
in the Florida sun.
What guitarists were in Overkill before Bobby? Was there anybody?
Danny Spitz from Anthrax played with us. We were a cover band at the
time. Most of the guys before Bobby were with us in the cover band. One
guy from Jersey named Rich Conte who was there when songs like
"Raise the Dead" and "Overkill" were written. Bobby
was also a guitarist in the band at that time. We were a five-piece and
then we were a four when we released.
Do you have any contact with former drummers Sid Falck and Rat
Rat, Christmas cards, kind of low level, he's out of the scene. We
call once or twice a year, a few dirty jokes, that's all. Sid, no. Sid's
probably the one that left this band with the greatest hate for me. I
think he still does have contact with them, but by the time when Sid was
gone, that's when I stood on top of a chair and applauded. It had
nothing to do with his playing, it was really just personal problems. I
think Sid have an idea that once he emigrated to the States, became part
of the band, he would be "taken care of". This takes
everything you have all the time, and I called him on that. I mean,
you're a great drummer, but the world doesn't owe you anything, and
neither do I. He didn't take too well to that. (laughs)
Last question about former members, and that would be guitarist Sebastian
Marino. Do you know where he is now?
He owns a sound company. If you look on the DVD and look stage left
where Dave Linsk is, he's running the monitors. He's still a good
friend, doing well. Two beautiful girls. These are the decisions that
people make, y'know? Sid leaves for his reasons, that's fine. Bobby was
the only one who was thrown out of the band. Most of the other guys have
left to make families. This has been nature's calling since we were
running around with clubs and dragging our women back to the caves by
their hair! (laughs). So he's got two beautiful girls, a sound company
out of upstate New York. He really helped us a lot and came through on
that DVD. Doing well.
Does he still play guitar?
For his own enjoyment yes, but not professionally. His business has
grown to huge proportions and we're really happy for him for that.
Just looking back over the albums that you've done, is there
anything that you'd like to have changed, or no regrets, do you think it
was good the way it was?
Well, you know, naturally there's things I like more than others, but
I don't know if I'd change anything. I'm a firm believer in the fact
that every step is necessary to bring me to today. Regrets are not an
option for me. It's really about seizing the moment. You may not do the
right thing with the moment, but the other side of it, is at least you
tried. I would say that things I'm dissatisfied with are productions,
and that's in two cases. On UNDER THE INFLUENCE, and I HEAR BLACK. I do
believe that's necessary to have come to a record like W.F.O. or start
bringing guys like Colin Richardson, who produced KILLBOX, into our
circle. He did work with us on UNDERGROUND, did the BLOODLETTING mix,
and produced KILLBOX fully. I do think that those steps are necessary
for us to make adjustments.
Do you have a favorite Overkill song or album, not including the
new one! (laughs)
Overkill is like chapters. Lasting this long is like the length of three
healthy bands. I think HORRORSCOPE is like the definitive point for us,
like a pinnacle. It was the end of one era for us and the beginning of
the next. I always...when I'm getting ready to go out on the road and I
throw on the CDs just to go over the songs, and usually I don't even
have to 'cause we've been doing them for so long, I always listen to
that record, and it sounds like a lion coming out of the cage, it sounds
hungry. It still has that feel to me. It's probably one of my most
One of my favorite OverKill albums is the THE YEARS OF DECAY. Two
of the songs on there that would be some of my favorite by Overkill
would be "Evil Never Dies" and "I Hate". I was
wondering who inspired "I Hate", and what inspired "Evil
we were back at that particular time, I wrote the lyrics by taking ideas
from the other guys. For instance Bobby came up with the "I
Hate" riffs and from there we talked about the direction that we
wanted to with lyrically. I think it was just a good song at the time
for us. This band was very chaotic in its first four records, up until
THE YEARS OF DECAY. After that we were still chaotic, but it was a
controlled chaos. I think "I Hate" comes out about directional
hate, when in reality it was multi-directional. It encompasses
everything. It was about a good way to close that first era of the band
for us. If I'm honest about it then it was probably inspired more so by
"Evil Never Dies", these guys would come up with riffs and
I would come up with the melody lines. "Evil Never Dies" is
Overkill Part 4, its a continuation of the story that preceded it, we
just didn't name it that way.
What do think of some of the other thrash bands that are out there
that have been around for a long time like Testament or Kreator?
Big fan! I'm cut from that mold. I like to see them do well. The last
Kreator record I liked very much, but the one before that I didn't care
for at all, and quite honestly both titles escape me at this point. When
it comes to Testament I don't think there's a better singer than Chuck
Billy out there. I think they've written some great songs. I like it
when he infuses all of his style within it. I don't like it to lean
towards the death end of things, but I like when he infuses it within
all of the other parts. He's got such a powerful voice with a fantastic
range and a clear, clear top end. For comparison, my top end...his can
be clean. That's a definitive thrash or metal singer.
What is your opinion lately on the earlier thrash metal bands
getting back together? Like Death Angel have reformed, and Dark Angel.
Well, I'm not a big reunion guy. Probably because I roughed it out
while a lot of these guys went and worked for their dad. (laughs) But
again, I am cut from that mold, and I know the Dark Angel guys. Death
Angel I thought had a really unique approach to things, a really
expressive approach. They were kinda like the Dream Theater of this
genre. Honestly though, I don't like reunions. I think you either do it
or you don't. I don't think it's, "well, there's a resurgence in
this, we should come back, and people will like us again and maybe we'll
make a few bucks". I think your motivation has got to be pure. I
can't speak for these people, but y'know, there's so many reunions.
Jesus Christ! 1997 got to be the year of fuckin' reunions. It got to the
point where I was saying, "Y'know, why fuckin' bother? You sucked
the first time you came out!". It doesn't really make sense for me
to say, "Oh! Lizzy Borden is back!". I felt like saying,
"hahahahahahaha!". (laughs) I avoided you for eight years, I'm
not going to stand up for this one.
Did you find it at all hard, in a business sense, to keep playing
thrash metal when a lot of other bands changed or watered down their
sound, or just gave up?
No. It cleaned house for us! We never had an identity crisis, we knew
what we were. People didn't have to like us! (laughs). That wasn't the
idea of this. It was to do what we like to do. If people latched on to
it, then great! The other side of it is we always meant what we said:
it's really not about popularity. We got rid of that from the equation a
long time ago. So when the waterdown came, and some of them went away,
and some started chasing their own ass to find popularity, it cleaned
house for us. Somebody waved this flag around the time of the W.F.O.
record that said, "Metal is dead! Everybody pack your bags and go
home". Well, a lot of people did. I don't know if it was our
ignorance or tenacity but we continued to go on. We got less press but
we were playing to full houses in major cities. This is what was
happening, 'cause people had less choice. Was that a good thing?
Probably not if you're a listener, but for us it was a great thing!
(laughs) We were walking into Cincinnati and there were 1,500 screaming
metalheads. Things could be a hell of a lot worse.
It seems like there is a resurgence, like you said, since the late
90s, in metal in general, and thrash metal as well. A lot of newer bands
coming out in the last few years like The Haunted and Carnal Forge who
are incorporating thrash metal into their sound. What is your opinion on
newcomers to the genre?
We've taken things from people to. This is quite obvious. Track six
is crystal clear on KILLBOX. That sounds like a Sabbath riff to me quite
honestly. I'm not gonna say I created this shit. You follow me? If a
band comes in and says, "we're influenced by such and such",
for instance double bass on "Infectious" from HORRORSCOPE, and
they've admitted it and then taken it to another level, then I applaud
it. If they think they invented it, well y'know... (laughs). I do like
hearing new things, I'm open to them. I think change is necessary. In
our case it doesn't happen in leaps and bounds, it happens in new
members. Still the same commitment. I do like to see bands like The
Haunted, playing a different style of something that existed. I think
it's kind of like interpreting a picture differently than I would have,
and that's a great thing.
I mentioned on the online forum for Metal-Rules that I was going
to interview yourself, and that if there was something they'd like me to
mention, and most people replied with an obvious one. That is when
you're going to come and play in their country! (laughs) Several people
asked if you're going to do a North American tour, because a lot of
times they say that you don't play the West coast as much as the East.
Are there plans for a full tour, do you know what countries you'll be
We've never stopped touring, but it has to be financially feasible.
This is a business that has to be run. The motivation is the love of
what we do, but on the business end, I'm not going to write a cheque and
say, "Boy! This is a great place Seattle!". (laughs) I'm not
going to do it. The point is that it really has very little to do with
the fans, it has a lot to do with promoters looking for a bargain
basement sale. "C'mon out, we'd love to have you, we'll give you
$700". Man, y'know I'd hate to say this, but we do things right. We
need X amount to make this right. We're not trying to get rich off this,
we're not trying to get this commercial play out of it. But if it's
going to be Overkill it's gotta be done correctly and that's what's kept
us away. On the upside we've had a change of agents. On the West coast,
the idea of having a West coast agent is to get a feel and vibe from
that area. We've had all East coast agents up until this year. There's a
distinct possibility that this will happen on the KILLBOX tour. We're at
least looking to do that Western Pacific rim tour, Seattle to Tiawana.
That will probably happen prior to July 1st.
Do you know that other countries that you'll be playing yet?
Just lined up South America, European festivals through June and
July. Headlines go through seven to nine countries, Germany, England,
France, Belgium, Holland, etc. U.S. shows are coming together right now.
We're looking at between now and July 20th, there's 75 to 90 shows
On a more personal note I know in the last couple of years you
went through a scary period related to a form of cancer that you had. I
don't know if you want me to bring it up at all, but I just have one
question. Doctor's usually say that it's five years before they give you
the all clear. So I'm just wondering what the status is, how you've been
feeling? Is everything cleared up?
Well, it was five years in February. I'm good to go! They are what
they are. There was a philosophy infused in my life back in 1995, when I
decided to clean my life up personally, over indulgences in some of the
finer things (laughs). In any case, I stopped drinking and stopped doing
dope. I cleaned up. I learned quite simply that I can live in a problem,
or I can live through a problem. I chose the latter based on the fact
that it gives me way more freedom for myself. I spend less time sitting
on the piss pot. I don't deal the cards, I just play the ones I'm dealt.
I keep that in mind, and it gives me the opportunity to move forward
regardless of what the situation is. I'm doing quite well, but I was
doing quite well when they cut my face off to! (laughs)
(laughs) Sticking with the personal theme, I was wondering if you
wanted to make your thoughts known on the war in Iraq?
I'm an American. That is the best way to put this. One of the great
things about being an American is that you can have an opposite opinion
of what the current situation is bringing us. I think that's a great
thing. At this particular point, I think that being an American means
that I have to support what America's doing at this time. There are
brothers and sisters of mine who have sand in their boots and will do
anything to protect my freedom. It's the bottom line. It is what it is.
Again, this is probably an example of living through the problem, only
on a greater scale. You've heard all the debates, you've heard both
sides of it, you've heard why we should, why we shouldn't, etc. The
bottom line is that the first shot has been fired, and I got back to my
original answer and that is I am an American.
Do you think that any of these types of global things will affect
where you're able to tour? Or will you just put that aside and just do
what you do?
Here's something funny. I just got an offer to do Jerusalem. I said,
"that's fuckin' awesome!" On the other side of it I just got
two offers to do Turkey, and that's fuckin' awesome too! (laughs) So we
don't know. The band...the vocals do not come out very well when done in
a chemical weapons suit! (laughs) We're gonna weigh our options and
certainly look into it. It's not about fear for us, but it's also not
about stupidity. We're gonna see what the world climate is like. As far
as touring Europe, going into France or Germany, it's a concern of mine.
Only national politics can keep me out, not my views on a different
Are there any other things going on that you'd want me to pass on
that maybe my questions haven't got to?
No, it's a good thing right now, as far as the band goes. We're
ready, we're strong. KILLBOX is the result of that. If you have any
doubts, press play!
Definitely man! I've been listening to the new album the last few
days. When I was at work I brought in BLOODLETTING, NECROSHINE and some
older ones just to see how it stands up in comparison, and it stands up
big time. It's a great album.
Quite a unique record for us, I don't think it's a record that is so
ground-breaking that it's going to set the world on fire, but I do think
that it's reinvention of the band. I do think it truly bands that as a
band we know what we are and we do what we do and do it well, even with
new people in the band.
Well, I'd like to thank you for your time!
Yeah, it's been a good time!
It's been great to talk to you. I've been an Overkill fan since
the 80s since I saw your videos on TV. Not that you see Overkill on TV
(laughs) Next time I take a scooter ride up to Newfoundland I'll drop
you an email!
Definitely man, I'll show you around! Not that there's much to
see. Well, if you like outdoors it's a good place.
You know what the best thing about a bike is? You're supposed to get
lost on the motherfucker! (laughs) That's the idea! (laughs)
Do take a trip like that every year?
I do about 10,000 miles every year. That's my life without a safety
net. I ride with about 70 guys, very much like myself. None of us drink.
We do trips around the East coast, we do trips out to Sturgess, we do
occasionally into Canada, Yellowstone.
Do you get to take your bike on tour?
No, not really. That's due to financial restrictions. I tell ya,
after 5,700 miles, I'm going to have some serious calluses on my ass!
Plus, if you took your bike on tour and got lost you'd miss a few
Yeah, but isn't that the beauty of it? (laughs)