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Leaving Connecticut

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in USA | Comments Off on Leaving Connecticut

Leaving Connecticut

  When this post goes out I’ll be flying back to Idaho from Connecticut. For the moment I have two homes, I suppose, my beloved house in Connecticut and the home I have made in Idaho. Stay tuned for the next post…because after one week in Idaho I’ll me making my home somewhere else for a while… Please follow and like...

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All tidied up in Connecticut!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 in USA | Comments Off on All tidied up in Connecticut!

All tidied up in Connecticut!

Well, the house looks (and smells!) 100% better. Amazing how six weeks of elbow grease and good, old-fashioned hired labor can clean up a place! Bring on the new owners!   Please follow and like...

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Arrival in Connecticut

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in USA | Comments Off on Arrival in Connecticut

Well, I’ve arrived in Connecticut and all is not as it should be. My tenants did a number on my house, and of course I want it back to perfect ASAP. I refuse to stay there because it smells so badly of dog urine it’s disgusting, so I am staying with friends. Most inconvenient. I’m working on getting it put back together as lovely as when I left it. The good news is that I am loving my new DR. It’s a great little commuter. I’m also loving my Klim ladies riding suit because it keeps me dry on the inside through this incredible wet weather.  I “commute” in it to the house. It’s really great to see all my friends, and reconnect with all the wonderful women I am close to here. OK, if I go silent for a while it’s because I have my hands full full FULL. Please follow and like...

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New Adventure, new Bike

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in USA | 1 comment

New Adventure, new Bike

Well, I’m off on a new adventure. It’s the tame sort, I suppose, given all that I’ve been fortunate to do and see in the past year. I’ve gone back in time a bit, and just picked up my (new to me) Suzuki DR350. This the same bike I traveled on in the summer of 2009.  Edward and I crossed America that summer–TWICE! (Ok, thrice to be precise.) We started from CT and rode the ‘Trans America Trail”–a series of dirt roads, farm roads, mountain tracks, and forest roads that enable one to travel from Coast to Coast ALL on dirt roads.  We arrived in Port Orford, Oregon, some 6 weeks later. Along the way someone mentioned the Continental Divide Ride (also known as the Great Divide Ride or the Continental Divide Trail for hikers) and, well, we’d both quit our jobs, had nowhere to be, so we thought that sounded like a pretty cool thing to do. So then we set out for northern Montana and followed the trail along the Continental Divide crossing America again, this time from North to South. A few weeks later we ended up in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. By then it was getting close to my time to leave for South America, so we headed on back East. Now after almost four months of hard use, and about 15,000 miles, that little DR350 was worn out. Somewhere on the way back home a mechanic mentioned to me that if I liked the 350, perhaps I’d get along with the Dr650, and voila’! I got it into my head, after heaps of research, that the DR650 was the best bike for my South America trip, and thereyago. I found a mint one to purchase, Twisted Throttle sponsored me, and I was off. That’s where this blog started, more as a means to keep in touch with family and save me the trouble of having to call my Mom every night 🙂 Now Ive rambled quite a bit in the past 4 years, and the blog has followed. So I guess I am back full circle, both in bike and in blogging. It will be interesting to see where this little bike takes me. If you are interested in an article I wrote on riding the Trans-America Trail, click here. If you are interested in an article I wrote on riding the Continental Divide Trail, click here. If you work for a company that publishes personal empowerment stories or read a magazine you’d think my adventure articles (on or off the bike) would be a good fit for, I’d love an introduction. That’s how I fund my travels. Please follow and like...

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Sitting in Another Airport…

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in USA | Comments Off on Sitting in Another Airport…

Funny, it seems like most of my “free” time has been spent sitting in airports! (or at least going by my blog posts it seems that way) Yes, I made it home from the Azores. I had a whirlwind month of visiting my sister in Nebraska, writing a couple of articles, taking a trip to Overland Expo in Arizona and doing some remote camping This time I am sitting in the Denver airport waiting for a flight back East. I’m headed back to Connecticut to sell my house and my stuff and finally be free. These are exciting times. So. I have heaps and heaps of pictures to post. Edward and I went camping and hiking in the back country and I got some neat pics of slot canyons and waterfalls. I look forward to sharing them with you soon. Please follow and like...

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Trying to get off the Azores…

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in USA | Comments Off on Trying to get off the Azores…

Stuck in Horta with the only flight cancelled…and SATA Airlines starts a strike tomorrow… I guess there are worse places to be stuck! Please follow and like...

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Off to the Azores today!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in USA | 2 comments

Off to the Azores today!

Going back to the Azores to lead a conservation expedition for Biosphere. http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/azores I’m looking forward to re-connecting with our scientist Lisa Steiner, and to watching out for whales! Please follow and like...

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A little who-hoo!

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in India, USA | Comments Off on A little who-hoo!

A little who-hoo!

It’s always a thrill to see your words in print, and yesterday was no exception; only I had the added rush of seeing the magazine with my article in it on the bookshelves at our local bookseller (Hastings). So now one of my India articles is in print.     Please follow and like...

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Winter Wonderland in Idaho

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in USA | Comments Off on Winter Wonderland in Idaho

Winter Wonderland in Idaho

Well, snow days are among my favorite things. It’s a beautiful day in Idaho today!         Please follow and like...

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Writing, but not in the way I’d intended (and it’s all good)

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Adventure Travel, USA | 1 comment

Writing, but not in the way I’d intended (and it’s all good)

Remember last week I asked for an accountability partner? Yeah, I still need one. My week has exploded in a variety of good ways; one is an unexpected PAYING article, which is very nice, and two and three were two separate offers of support that have pushed me in a slightly different direction. See, for a year now I’ve been writing an “Ask MotoAdventureGal” column that I publish for motorcycle dealers to use in their email and newsletter communications. I saw it as a win-win for them–professionally written content geared towards women riders in a time when they want to attract women riders. The win for me is that I get to advertise my motorcycle tours to a broader audience. Well, I admit that last year I hadn’t done a whole lot to promote the column, and with the new year and some new input from colleagues, I’ve decided to really get the word out. So the last week has turned into a networking extravaganza, with amazing support from a wide variety of friends and colleagues. I AM ALWAYS AMAZED AT HOW ONE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS WHEN ONE SETS AN INTENTION. And I admit that it feels good to be flowing creativity again, to be writing consistently (albeit not “The Book”), and it feels good to be doing this. So I know I am on the right path because it feels exciting and productive and I feel *connected*. And THAT, my friends, is why I travel. To be able to have that feeling at home, sitting in my cozy office, working toward a goal I believe in, well, it’s paradise.  Here’s a link to my press release if you have a friend that works at a motorcycle dealership. I’d love you to forward it to them: Ask MotoAdventureGal Column Press Release Why is a monthly column my “calling”? Well, it’s not just the column. It’s all part of a re-invigorated MotoAdventureGal–see, I ride, I write, I repeat. I ride, I write my blog, I write my column that tells people about my riding and writing, I lead tours that teach women how to tour by motorcycle, I blog more, I write a column that helps advertise my tours, so I can ride more and write more, and I do presentations on my travels at motorcycle dealerships so I can travel and meet more people and ride more and tell more people about my tours and spend more time traveling and inspiring people to become more of who they are as I become more of who I am. Yeah, perhaps a little too much caffeine this morning but you get my point now: feeling like we have a purpose, feeling like we’re on track, feeling like we’ve finally, FINALLY figured out what life is about, well, it’s a powerful moment folks. I hope you find a way to follow your passion, even if it’s just for today. ~MAG       Please follow and like...

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