I’ve been organizing my office and I came across the Credencial I received when I arrived at Santiago de Compostela (Spain) June 7, 2012. It was quite an important day for me–I started in Spain and I’d been walking for over a month to arrive in Santiago. Somehow, in 2012, it was MUCH more difficult that when I walked the Camino across Spain in 2006. Less fit? Plumper? Six years older? I’m not exactly sure what made it more difficult, but this time it was. This year I SUFFERED. Here’s a suffering picture to refresh your memory:   Here’s a happier picture when I finally arrived in Santiago:   And here are pics of my Credencial: Each albergue (hostel specificallyRead More →

Of course motorcycles are never very far from my mind, even while I was walking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. Here’s a clever segway back into my motorcycling life, as well as a few shot of the motorbikes seen along the Way…  Read More →

Walking the Camino, I passed through some very distinct regions of Spain. The wine regions were distinctive, as was the meseta. In Galicia, the region is known for it’s rain, wonderful seafood, and distinctive accent. I started seeing these granaries, called hórreos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horreo) and was enchanted by them. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.Read More →

Imagine packing up and leaving everything behind. Imagine concentrating on your most basic, essential needs. Imagine that you have only one thing to do all day long. Imagine that your one and only job is to take extremely good care of yourself. Imagine leaving all your technology behind (if you choose). No cell phones ringing, no GPSes beeping, no emails dinging. Imaging walking 12-18 miles every day, surrounded by like-minded people, all with a common goal. Imagine what realizations you can have about your own life, your place in the world, your patterns (as you intentionally place yourself outside of them for a period of time.) Welcome to your Camino Experience. <> I could go on and on about  myRead More →

So after two days of travel, five separate airplanes, one overnight, and uncalculated hours on airplanes, I am finally back in Idaho. It’s gorgeous here–sunny and in the 70’s, and it’s the best time of year to be in Idaho. I have one month here to write,  regroup, and plan this summer’s adventures which will include the AMA Women & Motorcycling Conference (http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/events/womenandmotorcycling), Our Women’s Empowerment Motorcycle Tour (http://womensempowermentmotorcycletour.com/womens-motorcycle-tours-ama-women-and-motorcycling-conference-tour/), and then spending the month of August scouting routes along the Continental Divide for a tour next year. I have a magazine article due on Friday, but after that I will post some pics of the Camino.Read More →

    Made it to Santiago! Arrived in the rain (it´s Galicia, what did I expect?!?), attended the Pilgrim´s mass, settled in for a couple of days of well-deserved rest.  Read More →

I´m still walking the Camino de Santiago, and it´s been a really intensive experience. I’ve been challenged on many fronts, mostly my feet! I´m on my third generation of blisters. But with plenty of time to think (what else does one do when walking 15-20 miles/day?!?), I thought I would share my daily routine. 4:30 am Silently curse whichever dorm mate set their %&$!%&$!%!! alarm for this godawful hour and roll over and try to fall back asleep 5:00 am Roll over again and silently curse the next dorm mate set their %&$!%&$!%!! alarm for this godawful hour and roll over and try to fall back asleep 6:00 am Too many bags rustling, most likely the lights are turned onRead More →