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My Motorcycle Travel Dreams
 
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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).

  We have lots of dreams for motorcycle travel. And I fully accept that we can't do them all. As I've now achieved AARP status, I am even more aware of the limits of time and human biology.

I've listed my motorcycle dreams here because - well, I sometimes forget great ideas for motorcycle travel.

My motorcycle travel dreams:
  • Southern Oregon: The South Coast of Oregon, Siuslaw National Forest, and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, which we haven't been to before. In the area South of Oregon state road 126 (goes between Eugene and Florence, on the Coast), and North of state road 38, which goes between Elkton and Reedsport), there are lots of winding roads that look really good on the Oregon State map. Most are called North Sisters Road and South Sisters Road.

  • 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.

  • Routes west of the Dalles, in Oregon, mapped by SoundRider. We won't be going to any rallies, but we will be enjoying the routes we learned about from attending the 2012 event.

  • The area around Mt. Rainier, Washington (state). We've been to the area just for one night.

  • Coast Cariboo in British Columbia, a 7-10 day trip, around 1140 miles (1835 km), half of which is on the coast. Start in Victoria (which I believe we have to reach via ferry), stop in Duncan to see First Nations carvings and other culture, and go North all the way across Vancouver Island to Port Hardy, then take a ferry to Bella Coola, and drive the "Freedom Highway" to Williams Lake. Although, I must admit, I'm quite scared of this, because the drive includes a steep, switch-backed section, locally known as "The Hill", that the British Columbia tourist office calls "exhilarating." It rises 5,000 feet/1,524 metres above sea level. This road is mostly paved, but there is also a well-maintained gravel section, suitable for all vehicles. I'd like to stretch the trip to two weeks and stop in little towns, ride horses at a guest ranch, and do lots of tours of places, like Telegraph Cove and Aboriginal sites.

  • A real Alaska trip (four weeks), including Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks - excluding anything North of Fairbanks because I don't really care to do it on a motorcycle.

  • Dinosaur parks in Utah and Colorado. This would have to be 16 days, because of how long it would take just to get there.

  • Kentucky. I know this trip is very unlikely, but it's a dream of mine.

  • Somewhere in Mexico (two weeks). I think for this we might like to be with an organized group. We're still debating. If you have done a motorcycle trip in Northern Mexico, by yourself or with others, and have recommendations, please contact me.

  • Chilé. I'd like to take four weeks to do it. My husband would like to include Argentina as well, but I just really don't want to deal with the wind. I hate the wind.

  • New Zealand and Australia (two months).
Once we move back to Europe, we would like to redo trips there. I'd like to redo all of the trips we've done in Northern England & Scotland, Northern France, Germany and Eastern Europe when I was on the back of Stefan's bike - but this time, on a bike of my own! And we'd like to do:
  • Spain, Morocco and Portugal (probably each separately, two weeks each)

  • Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania (1 - 2 months)

A lot of dreams, I know. More than I can do in the next 20 years, I know. But if you don't make a plan to travel - if you don't approach it as something you really are going to do, if you, instead, wait for the time and money for it to happen somehow, it will never happen.

   
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.

What about a round-the-world (RTW) trip? I can't be away from my pets for an entire year. I just can't.

What about a round-the-USA trip? Only if we win the lottery and can hire someone to drive all our camping gear and our doggy in a car, following behind us.

What we've already done:

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 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.

Disclaimer
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