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 →

  Megared flew in last Friday and bought the Twisted DR650 I rode to South America. What a great gal! She flew in with minimal stuff, installed a windshield on the bike, helped me install a new front tire for her, loaded up, and was OFF! I mean, no test ride, no practice, just off-like-a shot!  Check out the pic of the tree-lined street…that was me trying to get a picture of her leaving but she just rocketed right down the street 🙂 We had a fun visit (for me, anyways– how often do I get to wrench on bikes with another gal?) Red, I hope you have a lot of fun with that bike. Sorry I won’t be attendingRead More →

Yesterday Buddhi and I went for a little ride to see a remote temple, Bijli Mahadev. Biji Majadev is a temple to Shiva (the Destroyer). There’s a large pole that serves basically as a lightening rod. Every March a lightening strike comes through the temple and  shatters the lingham (linham=penis), which is made of metallic rocks and covered with–yes, BUTTER! (Imagine the flies in this place…) I bet it’s truly astonishing to be there for the grand explosion! All we had to do to get there was slog through three+ hours (each way!!!)  of mud, mud mixed with cow manure, mud mixed with sheep manure, mud mixed with clay, wet clay, and mud mixed with yet more mud. 🙂 LooksRead More →

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday we went riding (more on that in the next post–those take me longer) in the rain, but then it cleared. Today, Thursday, dawned coll, sunny, and glorious. I’ve  come to really like Manali–can you not when you spend time in a place where you can call downstairs and they’llbring you a cup of tea to enjoy on your balcony? Can you not come to love a place, from your balcony, where you can look across the valley and see a majestic mountain rising 2000+ feet before your very eyes? Do you know I can count ELEVEN waterfalls, some over one thousand feet, within my panoramic view? And now, this morning, add the monkeys.Read More →

It’s cold, wet and rainy here in Manali. It rained most of yesterday, too, but cleared up long enough for Buddhi and I to walk down the hill in Old Manali and have dinner without getting too wet. Tandoori chicken and a Banana Lassi. Yum! The droning downpour was terrific for sleeping, and I stayed in bed all cozy for about 11 hours! We were going to head out this morning to attend a local festival so I could take some pictures of traditional costumes and such,. We’ll see if we go later–I’ve already drowned one camera this season and now need another service on the G10, so I am not eager to ruin another piece of electronics. This alsoRead More →

Below is another video, also from our last day of riding on the Leh-Manali Highway traversing Rohtang Pass. This video  shows typical riding conditions in the Himalayas of northern India. Here’s what Wikipedia says about Rohtang Pass: Rohtang Pass (Hindi: रोहतांग दर्रा) (Bhoti: Rohtang , lit: pile of corpses,[1] due to people dying in bad weather trying to cross the pass) (altitude 3,978 m or 13,051 ft),[2] is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km (32 mi) from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India. Manali-Leh Highway, a part of NH 21, transverses Rohtang Pass.   The cheering/voices you hear is when I pass peopleRead More →

OMG! I’m in India! I am touring with www.MotorcycleExpeditions.com and riding the highest roads in the world –in the Himalayas! We’ll also be visiting some of the most remote villages and temples along the Tibetan-Indian border, as well as visiting with some nomads if we can find them! I may not have too much access to email and communications, but check my Facebook page for the SPOT messages I send, and you can be sure that I will post lots of pictures after I get back. (I get back October 2nd)   Cheers!Read More →