Still not a backrest Jayne at the Gorge Me at McKenzie Pass Me with cattle

Our Motorcycle Travel Activities in 2013


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:
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: I have a list of suggested motorcycle day trips from Portland, Oregon. Many can be linked together to create longer trips). 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.

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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Aluminum Panniers and Top Cases,
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My other motorcycle resources:

Also see:

Tips for Women: Getting Started as a Motorcycle Rider (just to ride, not necessarily to travel as well)

For Women Who Travel By Motorcycle (or want to)

Advice for Women Motorcycle Travelers: Transportation and Accommodations Choices

Advice for Women Motorcycle Travelers: Suggested Books and Web Sites

From Oregon to the "Lost Coast" of Northern California (Horizons Unlimited 2010 California meeting) - August 2010

Oh, Canada...Two-Week Canada/USA Tour by Motorcycles (Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, Idaho) - September 2010

Oregon, Idaho, Yellowstone, & More - June 2011

Crater Lake, Oregon 2011 (photos only)

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

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).

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