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Our Motorcycle Travel Activities in 2013
 
See the TravelAdvisor map of where I've been (not just by motorcycle). Note that the green markers are where I want to go but haven't been yet.

 
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My current motorcycle:
A 2008 KLR 650 (Kawasaki)

My former motorcycle:
A 1982 Honda Nighthawk 650

Number of US & Canadian states I've been to on a motorcycle of my own:
7

Number of countries I've toured on a motorcycle of my own:
2

Number of countries I've toured on the back of a motorcycle:
17

Trips riding my own motorcycle
California ("Lost Coast" and gold country), Idaho, Montana (Glacier NP), Nevada, Oregon, Washington (state), Wyoming (Yellowstone), Canada (Alberta and British Columbia, Jasper, Banff & Kootenay).

International trips by motorcycle
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Northern England & Scotland, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden

 
Photos of me traveling by motorcycle
 
See the TravelAdvisor map of where I've been (not just by motorcycle).

  Our motorcycle travel goal each year is to travel at least 5,000 miles (as opposed to running errands by motorcycle, trips to the post office or grocery store - which can often be the MOST challenging riding for me). We also want to go on at least two camping trips. And I also like to get out of the USA at least once, even if it's without my motorcycle.

But 2013 was a tough year for travel:
  • we bought a house
  • we had tons of things we had to do on the house
  • we moved from one city to another
  • family visited from overseas for six weeks
  • my husband started the volunteer firefighting academy
  • I actually had paid work this year
Altogether, it ate up almost all of our time. And while I did get to Belgium, it was without a motorcycle - and was a horrible trip.

So, two-week trip, no weekend trips, no camping, no rallies in 2013. Big ugh.

But worst of all for us in 2013 was the death of Eric Haws, a legendary motorcycle traveler and our very dear friend. He passed away May, due to cancer. The loss of our dear friend and, of course, cancellation of his annual Burning Moto Man rally in Westfir, Oregon, put dark cloud over us all year. We miss Eric terribly.

We will always refer to 2013 as the Year We Didn't Really Travel by Motorcycle. Ugh. In fact, I didn't ride even 1000 miles on my bike in 2013. That's shameful.

Some things we did get to do via motorcycle - all day trips in Oregon:
  • Three times we went to Tillamook and back to Forest Grove on all day trips. Two trips were through Yamhill and Carlton, then along the Nestucca River in the Siuslaw National Forest. Another was Willamina Creek Road, past Blackwell County Park, to SW Coast Creek Road to Gilbert Greek Road which becomes Bible Creek Access Road as well, to Upper Nestucca River Road. These are my favorite local roads for motorcycle travel - scenic, twisty, and not a lot of traffic. Almost all of it is paved. 

  • A ride in Tillamook State Forest in Oregon, from Cochran Road and the town of Timber. It's a wonderful loop inside the forest - easy in terms of road conditions, as long as it's dry and hasn't been raining too much previously (packed gravel and dirt, very gentle inclines) but not in terms of staying to the main gravel roads - things aren't marked very well. There are OHV trails all around here, but we stayed off of them - we don't have permits, because neither of us have the bikes for those kinds of conditions, and I certainly don't have the abilities.

  • A few times to and around Birkenfeld, West of Portland, Oregon.

  • Three or four times on the twisties to Vernonia & a week bit of gravel: Forest Grove to Vernonia to Scappoose to North Plains & back to Forest Grove (Oregon) - 96 miles, including 16 miles of gravel. And sometimes just from North Plains to Scappoose and back, so I could get practice on gravel and a nice lunch - this is a terrific road if you need to practice on gravel.

  • If you know of any relatively easy gravel or dirt roads near Portland (low traffic, no steep hills, packed gravel or packed dirt, if I fall, I probably won't die), please contact me!

The theme in 2013 for motorcycle riding for me was: get more experience on gravel. I was going for 100 miles. I'm not sure if I made it - but my husband has said that my skills improved dramatically this year. So, while I didn't get to do much travel, I did accomplish something. Yeah, me.

Things changed for the better after 2013:

In 2015, we went all the way to Yukon and back, seeing a LOT of British Columbia.

In 2014, we toured large parts of Utah, Nevada & Oregon

Amazing trips, both of them!

Also see this list of my motorcycle travel dreams, big and small!

And before 2013:

In 2012, our two-week trip was to Northern California, Nevada, and Southwestern Oregon (including the Alvord Desert). In 2011, it was to Yellowstone National Park (and large parts of Montana, Idaho and Oregon). In 2010, we took two long trips, one to the "Lost Coast" of California, and another to Canada (Alberta and British Columbia, Jasper, Banff & Kootenay National Parks) and Glacier National Park. And in 2009, we moved from Germany to the USA, and spent our time moving - although that was also the year I spent a lot of time to get my motorcycle license, learn to ride a motorcycle and my first motorcycle! From February 2001 through 2008, all my travels were overseas, as I was living in Germany.


   
My husband, Stefan Dietz, an experienced adventure motorcycle travelers, designs and sells aluminum top boxes and side panniers. They are tough, light-weight, and affordable. They are German-designed and made in the USA! All available in custom sizes.

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Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

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Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Yes, that's my motorcycle as the model.

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