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Worth the space? A Helinox Chair One and Table Review

All motorcyclists carry that one luxury item that they could do without, but it makes the trip so much more comfortable. For most riders its a pillow, for some it’s a torque wrench or musical instrument, and it used to be that chairs fell into that category. Lately, chairs seem to be on the must have section of the packing list since so many riders are carrying one. Is it worth the 2 lb. and 14×5” it takes up in the pannier? Read more →

Improving a KLR650 with a Seat Concepts custom seat

 

I first met Lendon of Seat Concepts when the office was in a small warehouse in San Jacinto, CA. At that time, the company had just started manufacturing molded foam replacements for motorcycle seats. With most of its employees coming from a motocross background, the company has a vested interest in creating comfortable seats. Eighteen months later, I saw him again at Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ and was able to catch up on how the business has grown. Read more →

ODE to Oscar… my KLR685…

I couldn’t let it go without paying honor to a motorcycle I have shared so many years with, even if it is just a KLR. That’s saying something since I have never done this for any ex-boyfriend. I wanted to show and explain a little bit of the process and development over the last 3 years – 8 months and 46,579 miles as both Oscar and I progressed.

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a Time to say goodbye: The sale of my beloved KLR

Close to the Finale:

I had spent 46,579 miles with Oscar, my trusty KLR685  since 2009.   I adorned him with all the best modifications, including gold chains and improved doohickeys, even though you wouldn’t know by looking at it. The time to pass the bike to another rider had arrived. Oscar had taken me all over North, Central and South Americas, but this was his final journey with me. Read more →

A conversation with D. Brent Miller of Sojourn Chronicles

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Brent about traveling and my latest trip to Tierra del Fuego. For those who are not familiar with Sojourn Chronicles, Brent interviews a wide range of enthusiasts of motorcycles, traveling, bicycling, adventuring, and more, which you can find on his website. Read more →

Going to Overland Expo this weekend? I’ll see you there!

 

Come listen to some stories accompanied by photographs throughout Latin America this weekend at Overland Expo! (Yes, I am back in the states, even though my blog is not.) The event is held near Flagstaff, Arizona, May 17-19, 2013 – check out http://www.overlandexpo.com/ for more info. I will be giving an (abbreviated) presentation of my experiences on Sunday, May 19 @ 10am.Since I have only been back less than a month, its aptly named “Fresh off the Road: an Adventure Discovered in Central and South America.” Read more →

Ushuaia! As south as the road south goes

The calm waves of the Strait of Megellan provided an easy ferry crossing, and we figured that with such good weather, there was no reason not to ride. So, each of our two wheels continued to chase the sun to the end of the earth, el fin de mundo. Riding 300-mile (500km) days were the norm… we mounted our bikes shortly after the sun rose, and continued until just after it set, using the last of its dusk to set up our wild camps. Excitement fueled our spirits across the gravel roads of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, knowing the end time was near, as was our goal of reaching as south as the road south goes.

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Chile: the Patagonian Wonders

And the road continues south, and even when two riders enter the landscape, it is a solitude like no other…

pictures speak for themselves…

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Argentina: A waiting game at Perito Moreno Glacier

Deb and I arrived at the guard station as the sun was setting and were not allowed into the park. We had hoped to camp inside the boundaries of Perito Mereno, but the guard kindly said no, and pointed the way to a campsite nearby. We did not realize the magnificence of the view until the sun rose the next morning.

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Argentina: the winds, the chase, and the nearing end.

The motorcyclists who had ridden this road before me all warned about the severe 100 mph cross winds that can pick up tumble weeds, unsuspecting armadillos, and even small motorbikes, then fling them across the barely two lane, treacherous dirt width of the infamous Ruta 40. I had been so cautioned about this experience, that it was not for the faint of heart or riding capabilities, that I wasn’t sure I was going to make it past these intense winds to Ushuaia.

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