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The One Moto Snow

Road Trip (Part 2)

Getting to the One Show (the1moto.com) this year was a bit more difficult than in the past- partially because I moved to San Diego and partially because it snowed like crazy. The first portion of my road trip was easy peasy- driving the Purple Prius Eater (my Tacoma) to San Francisco from San Diego went shockingly well. The next leg started out with rain, and ended with Pandora’s Box looking like a Ducati popsicle. 

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Road trip to the One Motorcycle Show 2014 (Part One?) - "We’re Not In SoCal Anymore!"

Loaded the Monster into my (super ridiculously tall) Tacoma yesterday morning and headed out to San Francisco to meet Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber for the next leg of the trip. 

Before you even start- no, hell no I’m not riding it there. There needs to be no other reason besides the safety of it- I have no want to drive through snow and sleet for the tail end of 1300 miles. I’d prefer Pandora and I get there in one piece. 

Anyway, I managed to miss all the LA traffic and blasted from San Diego to SF in about 7 hours. Crashed out a few hours later, got myself going around 9. We unloaded Pandora from my truck (always a feat) and put her up in Jensen’s trailer. Multiple messages from friends and instagrammers warning me about the weather in Portland which has turned from blah to pretty terrible.

The weather through Grant’s Pass is always sketchy for this trip, and dead of winter is not the choice time to go. There’s a winter storm warning there now, snow in Corvallis, Eugene, and now Portland. It’s 23 degrees there today, heavy winds and snowfall. 

Oh joy. I wonder why I moved to SoCal? The Monster is getting gross from road grime, which will happen eventually but still hurts to see. 

Anyway, here goes nothing. Driving through Oregon is going to be sketchy. (Drivers in the Pacific Northwest aren’t known for their snow driving skills.)

Lois Pryce: One Woman Travelling Across Iran

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As a woman, riding a motorcycle can be a daunting task in and of itself. Whether it’s the anxiety of walking into a motorcycle shop full of guys, or the frustration of finding someone to help you learn about the mechanical workings of your bike without talking to you like you’re an idiot because you weren’t born with a wrench in your hand… some ladies are more fortunate than others in that realm. Even riding around, you’ll sometimes hear comments so stupid you can barely believe they were said like, “Hey, need me to show you how to ride that thing?” or “Oh, cool bike. Who’s is it?” Ladies and gentlemen, these are things my friends have heard on just the West Coast. 

Lois Pryce ventured into a country that the Foreign Office strongly suggests against visiting with only herself, essentials packed in her luggage, and her motorbike. Prospective tourists of Iran are told, “British nationals could be detained in Iran despite their complete innocence”.

Anya Violet appears in, “Escape to Hazzard County!”

Anya Violet appears in, “Escape to Hazzard County!”

Goin’ goin’ back back… to Cali, Cali… Today was the big move South! Cristi Farrell (of the Moteriffic Podcast) was more than a darling, she flew up to help me prep/pack and acted as uber-awesome co-pilot for our truck haul to Los Angeles. We sang car-aeoke, she napped a couple times, and I consumed copious amounts of caffeine.

My friend Sean gave me a hand installing the cheap-o wheel chock I got for the bed of the truck- combined that with a canyon dancer and the Monster was sturdy as hell.

I’ll be heading to my final destination (San Diego) after a good rest. I have been up over 24 hours, drove about 16 straight through night, and only slept four hours the night before that. I’ll have access to shop tools to finish the final fabrication on the Monster Project, and it will soon hit the road on it’s own two wheels (knock on wood). 

Learning the Dirt at the Touratech ADV Moto Rally

When you get a random phone call from the Marketing Manager at Touratech inviting you to attend their 2013 Adventure Motorcycle Rally, you get sort of excited. Then it moves to a sort of horror when you realize you have to tell them you’ve only ridden on a dirt a small amount, and on bikes either unsuited for the terrain, or much smaller than touring and adventure motorcycles. 

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Fortunately for me, one of the reasons they got in touch was because of my enthusiasm for adventure riding but my lack of experience in said environment. The Touratech Adventure Motorcycle Rally is set up for beginners to advanced riders- lessons on cooking with a camp set up, packing your gear as small as possible, and routes mapped and marked by difficulty. 

Two wheeled life: being happy with the journey whether or not you can see the path before you.
Kangaroo Island road, South Australia. Photo by Maiko Miyazaki from National Geographic.
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Two wheeled life: being happy with the journey whether or not you can see the path before you.

Kangaroo Island road, South Australia. Photo by Maiko Miyazaki from National Geographic.

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MotoLady… where the wild things are edition! Haha. Mike Jacobs (What A Ride, Ontario Moto Roads) snapped this pic when the photo/videographers were doing their thing. There will be a short video by Adam Wood from our Ride the Edge weekend adventures as well as some amazing photographs by Virgil Knapp. 
Headed home to Portland today! 

MotoLady… where the wild things are edition! Haha. Mike Jacobs (What A Ride, Ontario Moto Roads) snapped this pic when the photo/videographers were doing their thing. There will be a short video by Adam Wood from our Ride the Edge weekend adventures as well as some amazing photographs by Virgil Knapp. 

Headed home to Portland today! 

After lunch yesterday Virgil Knapp (photographer) and Adam Wood (videographer) stashed themselves in the back of the minivan and took some photo and video (which turned out amazing, you’ll see) before we made our way to the amazingly awesome Woodland Echoes Resort.

A cabin in the woods on the lake, with a jacuzzi, and a fish fry in the hall! What motorcycle traveller could ask for more!? Maybe life size chess? They have that too.

Also, a baby dragonfly graced my motorcycle, and I took a power nap laying on it.

Day 2 of the Canada adventure… Huntsville to Parry Sound via Highway 520 and Bunny Trail. Stopped at the Midlothian Castle and Screaming heads… crazy art and house built by some guy in the middle of nowhere. Having lunch now.

A few photos from my Canada trip so far (left to right, top to bottom)- arrived last night and met up with Rod (posted to FB I’d be in Toronto and this chap joined me) for a drink. Went to the Deeley Canada HD manufacturer warehouse to pick some stuff up for the boys who were riding Harleys.

Drove out to Gravenhurst and met up with the bikes, met my BMW f650GS… more than stoked to be riding it. 

Rode HWY 141 and ended in Huntsville.

Last week when I stopped through San Francisco I walked about a mile over to SF Moto (website) to say hi to the crew, lo and behold the Folsom Street Fair was going on. They had set up this little moto photo booth so we snapped a pic, looks were given and received… ‘twas interesting. SF, you crazy.

Last week when I stopped through San Francisco I walked about a mile over to SF Moto (website) to say hi to the crew, lo and behold the Folsom Street Fair was going on. They had set up this little moto photo booth so we snapped a pic, looks were given and received… ‘twas interesting. SF, you crazy.

Flying out of Portland tomorrow and into Toronto, Canada for the 2013 Riding the Edge Press trip. Five of us are riding off in Ontario, doing 1000 miles in five days. It may get down to 37 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius) and should be raining the whole time. 

I’m from Portland so rain ain’t no thang- this will be a blast! To get an idea of where I’ll be, and things I’ll see… read about the Explorers’ Edge and hit this video (below).

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Deus Emporium in Venice Beach, CA today. Really beautiful bikes in there- plus a crazy Ruckus outside. More photos from my “real” camera when I’m not on the road.

Pick up the pick-up road trip adventure!

So, right before I went down to San Diego some drunk guy slammed into my car on the side of the road while it was parked (no, I wasn’t in it). Luckily for me he had insurance, and the lovely Taj of Ms Moto Pro has a truck that is exactly what I want. Since she’s in Colorado, I’m flying down there and driving it back. I’ve never driven up the California Coast, nor have I been to Yosemite. So if all goes well I’ll be hitting those on my way North. 

That being said, I will be stopping in Long Beach and LA with the intent on seeing some shops, so if you have suggestions or what have you… now is the time to write me! I will be, in the very least… stopping in San Francisco for a photo of the Golden Gate bridge as well. You can leave a comment on this post or send an email to alicia@themotolady.com.