Still not a backrest Jayne at the Gorge Me at McKenzie PassJayne midway on Potash Road in Utah

Our Motorcycle Travel & Rally Activities in 2015
 
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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).

  It's the year of rebuilding my confidence.

We had this great two-week trip via motorcycle through Utah, Nevada & Oregon, in June 2014. Even with a wreck in the middle of it - on the notorious Shafer Switchbacks - I was... well, I was amazing, otherwise. I can't believe how well I did. It was the most difficult riding I've ever done, on crazy elevations, on roads with crazy drop offs on either side, in dirt devils/little tornadoes, and on gravel, and even my oh-so-stoic, never-give-a-compliment husband was impressed.

But something happened to me, psychologically speaking. I didn't ride again after that trip for four months, because I was traveling in Europe. In 2015, when I started riding again, I was this cowardly, insecure mess. I started the year making riding mistakes you make when no one has ever taught you to ride: putting both feet down at stops, not turning sharply enough, relying too much on my front brake, and on and on. My heart races on sharp turns. If you saw me riding now, you would never believe that I'd ridden more than 24000 miles on motorcycles. What makes it harder is that my oh-so-experienced, oh-so-calm motorcycle riding husband can't believe that roads I've done oh-so-many times now make me balk.

So, 2015 is a rebuilding year. We're riding a bit every week, spending time in a local school parking lot on the basics - stopping suddenly, sharp turns, u-turns and more. I've watched and re-watched videos by Captain Cash. And I've played a lot of Tetris. I'll be taking a Team Oregon course at some point. I like to take a course every two years, so this will be my third since I started riding in 2009. And, believe it or not, all that has worked VERY well - well enough that we were able to do a very challenging two-week trip this year (see below).

But I'll never try Shafer Switchbacks again - or anything like it. I'm absolutely fine with sometimes being on the back of my husband's bike for some rides, or parking and waiting for others with more skills to go do a road I don't feel comfortable riding.

Below is where we went in 2015 by motorcycle. Follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook to know as soon as we decide where we're going, and to know how the trip is going once we're on it.

If you know of any relatively easy gravel or dirt roads near Portland (low traffic, no super duper steep hills, packed gravel or packed dirt, and if I fall, I probably won't fall off a cliff), please contact me!
     
    Lots of day trips in Oregon & Washington state
    Here are photos of day trips in 2013, to give you an idea of what we do. We try to ride on any weekend that it's dry and not freezing. Didn't do nearly as many in 2015 as we did in 2013, because we were, instead, in a school parking lot, practicing the basics... 

    Two-Weeks Mostly in British Columbia, but including Hydar, Alaska.
    Completed September 6, 2015. Yes, I've now ridden all of the legendary Stewart-Cassiar Highway and the Alaska Highway in British Columbia. Woot! Still can't believe I got my motorcycle riding groove back and was able to do this!

    Eric Haws Memorial / formerly Burning Moto Man, plans & dates TBA
    If it happens, it will happen in Westfir, Oregon, 40 miles east of Eugene on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. 


Where's the proposal for weekend camping trips via motorcycle? This year, that's not going to happen. Why?  Because at Christmas 2014, we adopted a puppy, Lucinda, and we've decided to do car camping with her instead. We'll do our weekend and long weekend motorcycle trips in 2016. 

   
My husband, Stefan Dietz, an experienced adventure motorcycle traveler, designs and sells aluminum top boxes and side panniers. They are tough, light-weight, affordable, German-designed, made in the USA & 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

That's my motorcycle, FYI.

All boxes and panniers are available in custom sizes.

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

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.

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