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Our Motorcycle Travel Activities in 2016

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My current motorcycle:
A 2008 KLR 650 (Kawasaki)

My former motorcycle:
A 1982 Honda Nighthawk 650

Number of US & Canadian states I've been to on a motorcycle of my own:

Number of countries I've toured on a motorcycle of my own:

Number of countries I've toured on the back of a motorcycle:

Trips riding my own motorcycle
California ("Lost Coast" and gold country), Idaho, Montana (Glacier NP), Nevada, Oregon, Washington (state), Wyoming (Yellowstone), Canada (Alberta and British Columbia, Jasper, Banff & Kootenay).

International trips by motorcycle
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Northern England & Scotland, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden

Photos of me traveling by motorcycle
See the TravelAdvisor map of where I've been (not just by motorcycle).

  I'm 50! 50 years-old. Half a century. Our trip to celebrate this turning point was sans motorcycle: we went to Cuba in February 2016. Hope to return someday and tour that island by motorcycle!

But what two-week motorcycle ride did I do for 2016, my 50th birthday year? The exotic land of Idaho. Yes, Idaho. September 2016: 3282 miles/4520 km, mostly in Idaho, some in Eastern Oregon, and a little bit in Montana and Washington state. Included at least 120 miles of gravel. Hells Canyon, Silver City, Idaho, Bruneau Dunes State Park, City of Rocks National Reserve, Sawtooth Scenic Byway, Salmon River Scenic Byway, Custer, Idaho, Ft. Missoula, Montana, historic Wallace, Idaho, Lake Coeur d'Alene, White Pine Scenic Byway, Hell's Canyon Overlook, Oregon, Joseph, Painted Hills, and Little Crater Lake in Mt. Hood National Forest. IT WAS FANTASTIC.

What about weekend camping trips via motorcycle? Sadly, that didn't happen this year. And that's disappointing - even just one two-night trip can make us feel incredible for weeks. In fact, we went only for one quick car camping trip: we took our dog, Lucy, on a weekend camping trip. It was fabulous.

I also practiced a lot in a nearby school parking lot. I'm focusing on sharp turns and stopping. I'll be doing the same in 2017, no doubt. 

As of September 12, 2016, I have ridden 20,905 miles / 33,643 km on my KLR (Kawasaki), with 95% of that being for fun (rather than commuting somewhere). And I've ridden 31,905 miles (51,346 km) overall on motorcycles (my previous bike was a Honda Nighthawk). But what's even more fun to think about is not the number of miles or kilometers, but the things I've seen.

In 2015, we spent two weeks via motorcycle, mostly in British Columbia, but including Hydar, Alaska (Stewart-Cassiar Highway and the Alaska Highway).

In 2014, we toured large parts of Utah, Nevada & Oregon.

In 2013, we didn't go anywhere (sad face).

In 2012, our two-week trip was to Northern California, Nevada, and Southwestern Oregon (including the Alvord Desert).

In 2011, it was to Yellowstone National Park (and large parts of Montana, Idaho and Oregon).

In 2010, we took two long trips, one to the "Lost Coast" of California, and another to Canada (Alberta and British Columbia, Jasper, Banff & Kootenay National Parks) and Glacier National Park

Also see this list of all my motorcycle travel dreams, big and small!

Also see these resources (all by me):

Traveling in the USA: Advice for Camping
Everything I wish someone had told me, a person who did NOT grow up camping. Also helpful for people from other countries coming here to camp (or, at least, I hope so).

Saving money for travel (or to pay off your debt).
This is how we do it.

Ideas for Funding Your Volunteering Abroad Trip
If you are going on a short-term volunteering or mission trip, you have to pay all costs yourself. This is how you do it.

For women who travel by motorcycle (or want to). Includes information on packing and accommodations.

transire benefaciendo: "to travel along while doing good."
Advice for those wanting to make their travel more than sight-seeing and shopping, whether in your own country or abroad.
My husband, Stefan Dietz, an experienced adventure motorcycle traveler, designs and sells aluminum top boxes and side panniers. They are tough, light-weight, affordable, German-designed, made in the USA & available in custom sizes.

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

This small top box is 20 liter (5.3 gallon)

400 x 250 x 200 mm
(15 34" x 9 34" x 7 34")

1.6 mm (116") thick aluminum

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

That's my motorcycle, FYI.

All boxes and panniers are available in custom sizes.

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