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Our Motorcycle Travel in 2014
 
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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).

  I say it every year: 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 three camping trips via motorcycle.

2013 was a really bad year for travel for us, because of all the obligations of buying a house and what not. So we had a LOT to make up for in 2014.

Unfortunately, Stefan had just the usual two-weeks USA vacation (have I mentioned lately how much I hate my country's vacation policies?).

Two other things interfered with our 2014 motorcycle travel plans: the care of our darling Albi in her final days in April, and me getting overseas job offers I could not refuse - in nine weeks in Ukraine, a week in Ireland and a few days in Poland, plus a brief stint in Barcelona. So, while I got to travel abroad a lot, we didn't get to do even all of the motorcycle day trips in Oregon & Washington state that we had planned.

We did get to do the centerpiece trip of the year: Two-Weeks Mostly in Utah, Nevada & Oregon, in June 2014. We traveled 2989 miles total on that trip, which included Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park (the most under-rated national park), Goblin Valley - Utah State Park, Anasazi State Park Museum, Bryce Canyon National Park, Great Basin National Park, camping on BLM land, Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, and my first motorcycle wreck, on Shafer Switchbacks.

It's been an awesome gauge to see if family and friends really do read my travelogues - I never posted specifically about the wreck on Facebook or Twitter, but I wrote at length about it on my travelogues for the Utah, Nevada & Oregon trip. Yet, most of my family and friends STILL don't know I had a motorcycle wreck. Very telling...

So, while we had a wonderful time in 2014 via motorcycle, we didn't make our annual 5,000 mile goal - though I think I did go over 4000 miles. But I'm not down about it - it was an amazing trip.

Oh, to win the lottery, and just travel whenever we want, as long as we want.
 
Our Motorcycle travel in 2015

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

In 2014, we toured large parts of Utah, Nevada & Oregon. In 2013, we didn't go anywhere (sad face). 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

Also see these resources (all by me):

Traveling in the USA: Advice for Camping
Everything I wish someone had told me, a person who did NOT grow up camping. Also helpful for people from other countries coming here to camp (or, at least, I hope so).

Saving money for travel (or to pay off your debt).
This is how we do it.

Ideas for Funding Your Volunteering Abroad Trip
If you are going on a short-term volunteering or mission trip, you have to pay all costs yourself. This is how you do it.

For women who travel by motorcycle (or want to). Includes information on packing and accommodations.

transire benefaciendo: "to travel along while doing good."
Advice for those wanting to make their travel more than sight-seeing and shopping, whether in your own country or abroad.


   
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.

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

This small top box is 20 liter (5.3 gallon)

400 x 250 x 200 mm
(15 34" x 9 34" x 7 34")

1.6 mm (116") thick aluminum

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Yes, that's my motorcycle as the model.

All boxes and panniers are available in custom sizes.

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