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My current motorcycle:
My former motorcycle:
Number of US & Canadian states I've been to on a
motorcycle of my own:
Number of countries I've toured on a motorcycle of my own:
Number of countries I've toured on the back of a
Trips riding my own motorcycle
International trips by motorcycle
| Where will we go in 2017 for our
annual two-week motorcycle and camping adventure?
We will aren't sure.
We are choosing among these three options for 2017:
Southern Oregon: The South Coast of Oregon, Siuslaw National Forest, and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, which we haven't been to before, and perhaps a return to Umpqua National Forest, which we've been to only briefly, and Crater Lake National Park and surrounding area, which we've also been to before, but not in quite a while. If we have time, maybe head over to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which we've never been to (but we've been in the surrounding area before).
Great Basin National Park. It's about 1000 miles from our house to there and back. We'd like to stay there for at least two nights - we've been through it, but never stayed. On the way there or back, we'd like to visit any pictographs, petroglyphs and ghost towns that might be around. Might even head all the way to Rachel, Nevada, which we've each been to before, but never together.
Northern Washington State. We've never been to Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and Wenatchee National Forest, including the infamous Leavenworth, Washington, which is a German-themed city. It would be interesting to compare it to Mt. Angel, Oregon, another German-themed city.
Just like last year, I'll practice a lot in a nearby school parking lot. I'm focusing on sharp turns and stopping.
As of September 12, 2016, I have ridden 20,905 miles / 33,643 km on my KLR (Kawasaki), with 95% of that being for fun (rather than commuting somewhere). And I've ridden 31,905 miles (51,346 km) overall on motorcycles (my previous bike was a Honda Nighthawk). But what's even more fun to think about is not the number of miles or kilometers, but the things I've seen.
In 2016, we went to the exotic land of Idaho. Included at least 120 miles of gravel. Hells Canyon, Silver City, Idaho, Bruneau Dunes State Park, City of Rocks National Reserve, Sawtooth Scenic Byway, Salmon River Scenic Byway, Custer, Idaho, Ft. Missoula, Montana, historic Wallace, Idaho, Lake Coeur d'Alene, White Pine Scenic Byway, Hell's Canyon Overlook, Oregon, Joseph, Painted Hills, and Little Crater Lake in Mt. Hood National Forest.
In 2015, we spent two weeks via motorcycle, mostly in British Columbia, but including Hydar, Alaska (Stewart-Cassiar Highway and the Alaska Highway).
In 2013, we didn't go anywhere (sad face).
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
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.
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 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.
This small top box is 20 liter (5.3 gallon)
400 x 250 x 200 mm
1.6 mm (1⁄16") thick aluminum
All boxes and panniers are available in custom sizes.
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Advice on things you should do before you leave on a trip, to ensure you can access information via any computer or your feature phone or smart phone that you might need while traveling
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