It’s been nearly a decade since I visited Italy, and I have to say I am so happy to be here! Yesterday I flew from Los Angeles to Switzerland, changed planes and then landed in Pisa. We were supposed to land in Florence  (I could not find my flight on the flight board at the airport, then realized that I needed to use the local vernacular, Firenze), but due to bad weather we got redirected tof Pisa–unfortunately, I did not get to see the leaning tower because they quickly  shuttled us onto a bus and drove us to the Florence Airport… I was pretty worn out upon arrival, by the time I got to the hotel here in Fiesole itRead More →

The Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride is now over, and it was a huge success! My main goal was achieved: Create community among female motorcycle riders and promote the heck out of our sport. Published in today’s LA Times: We even got a teaser on the front of the business section: I could not have done it without my amazing (all volunteer!) staff and the phenomenal women who signed up to take part in our history-making ride. I have learned SO MUCH about myself and my capabilities and I have to tell you how very good it felt to be “on target” with my life. I want more of that! I’ve always known motorcycling is an important part of my path,Read More →

Well, the project I’ve been working on for the last two years is finally coming to fruition…The Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride. We’re taking a large group of women across the United States celebrating the 100th anniversary of Adeline and August Van Buren’s history -making ride, being the first women to each ride their own motorcycles across the USA.     See you in San Francisco!Read More →

We started in Windhoek, Namibia, and for two weeks rode our motorcycles to Cape Town, South Africa. There were fourteen of us including Rene and Mike, our backup support driver. Leaving Windhoek: It was only about 50 miles before we turned on to this: which sometimes became this: We got some of this: Because we were this: Then we got to this: And this:   So I did this: And this is pretty cool: And then we did more of this: to this:   And finally this:Read More →

I am in South Africa “working” for Renedian Adventures, and scouting our Garden Route Tour hotels and route so I can speak intelligently about the tour at the upcomiong trade shows. So I started out from Cape Town, and my first stop was a farm stall. Big business down here, with fruits & veggies, but also souvenirs, knick-knacks, pre-prepared food, and the must-try boutique root beer. I’m crazy about root beer and had to try it!   They were nice enough to tell me what I could expect in terms of recreation going up the pass: A beautiful day for a drive… The view from up top: View from the other direction: Twisting even further to see more of thisRead More →

I posted two entries last year about why international airports are so cool. Each airport is different, and you get to see a lot of things exclusive to a country, particularly their food. Now, there are more reasons to love airports, especially for those of us who tend to travel to them on our motorbikes. In the UK, motorcycle parking is much cheaper than if you were using a car. Some even offer free parking spaces for motorcycles, according to Parking4Less. If you don’t have a lot of luggage to carry (or you only need two panniers for all your luggage), motorbikes are an ideal method of transportation to travel to the airport because of how cost effective it can be. Here are several airportsRead More →

Normally I don’t fly out of LAX, but it sure makes sense for international travel. Better rates and more direct flights. It was actually easy this time…perhaps because I arrived before 6 am! I had a fresh look at the airport, and it improved my trip. By the time I got to Atlanta I was more curious about airports and decided to look at the displays. Who knew that airports aren’t boring? There was a display on the Girl Scouts: There was also a display on Africa, but I am saving that for another post 🙂 I also found out that there’s free parking at LAX…as long as you don’t take up a paying space that a car would use.Read More →

I’m sitting at LAX waiting for my flight to Cape Town. Well, technically, I’m flying to Atlanta, then to Johannesburg, then to Cape Town. I’ve bee lucky enough to ride over 10,000 miles this summer so I shouldn’t complain, but it seems like I’ve done nothing lately but sit in planes… Well, I’ll get to ride another 2,000 miles or so once I get to South Africa, so I guess the next two days of sitting in the plane will be worth it.Read More →