R.I.P. Rod Yeomans (Morizzi).

We are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden and totally unexpected death of another friend and fellow Guzzi adventurer, Rod Yeomans from near Brisbane, Australia. Rod was aged 57 and collapsed at work.

We have chatted with Rod – or as he is known on the Squadra Guzzista site, Morizzi – since we first joined the site in 2007.

In 2010, Rod decided to tour the USA at the same time as us and we arranged to meet up and spend a week together, riding our bikes around southern Utah.

Rod had flown to the USA and bought a Guzzi there and he had already traveled a few thousand miles before we met up in Torrey, UT.

Here are some photos from that time, along with the text and messages from the Squadra forum at the time.

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Click on the images to read the text.

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Meet

First Meeting in Torrey, Utah
First Meeting in Torrey, Utah
Rod - filling her up
Rod – filling her up

We met after breakfast, filled up with fuel and set off to Kanab riding the wonderful scenery of Grand Staircase Escalante (HW 98A)

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Looking down on the two bikes from a good viewpoint.
Looking down on the two bikes from a good viewpoint.

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Arriving at the Sun & Sand motel in Kanab
Arriving at the Sun & Sand motel in Kanab

It was around 294 miles to our destination, Kanab, Utah. We pulled in at the Sun n Sands Motel at around 4pm.

The following day, Rod’s wife, Dell, arrived from Australia via Las Vegas and a rental car.

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Rod and Dell

Wayne (the motel owner who had been making Jan and me welcome for the past four years) put on a BARBIE for us…

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We had a few days together – and Jan got to ride Rod’s bike, Spud

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Thanks Christine,

All the best with the photo shoots.

We got to Las Vegas OK but it was a hot ride, 110 F and road works on I 15 brought traffic to a crawl/stop.

We went for a walk down the strip and checked out a few casinos. Ceasar´s Palace, Treasure Island and Mirage to name a few.

People watching here is unbelievable.

More reports to come on the wiki.

Cheers, Rod

Rod actually shipped the Guzzi he had bought for the trip back home to Australia.

We had been recently chatting with Rod about us flying out to Oz and he said he would lend us one of his Guzzis to tour the country.

We spoke to Dell this morning. She told us Rod was in the best of health so this is a dreadful shock; she says she is imagining he is on another one of his tours riding his Guzzi somewhere on another continent; I’m sure he is, Dell.

Rod’s funeral will be held tomorrow. Deepest condolences to Dell and all of the family at this sad time.

5 Replies to “R.I.P. Rod Yeomans (Morizzi).”

  1. Thanks for posting MGM. I really enjoyed reading of Rod’s adventures experiences and valued knowledge over the years I shall miss his posts. Condolences to his family and friends. HaydnR

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  2. Rods partner Del is after copies of Rods blogs of his Euro and USA trip. Could you please send me the links and i will pass onto Del. Many thanks in advance. Alf Carter

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    1. Hi Alf. I don’t have links to Rod’s blogs but I will do my best to find out; someone on Squadra or Wild Goose should know. I only have the links and photos from my own. I’ll get on it today. Please pass on my love to Del. Thank you.

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      1. I have been asking on the Guzzi forums and, so far, we found this (although not USA ) http://guzzista.wikifoundry.com/page/Spaghetti+Rally+2008
        and here is a link to Rod’s European Tour

        http://guzzista.wikifoundry.com/page/European%20Tour

        This may be Joe’s tour, rather than Rod’s
        http://guzzista.wikifoundry.com/photos/album/11610/Morizzi%20Album?offset=80&maxResults=20

        There is a blog also on Rod’s USA tour but it was archived, so I have asked Joe if he can somehow enable me to link to it – it could be though, that it was lost when the site went down a few years back and had to be rebuilt. Fingers crossed, Alf

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