Yes, it’s only January here in the U.S., but I am already planning for summer. Last fall I heard about a women’s motorcycle tour in the Pacific Northwest that was being planned for summer, 2018. It sounded amazing, so I immediately emailed the organizer for information.
More details arrived last week and the trip sounds even better than I could have hoped for. It is geared toward newer riders like me and will give us 10 days of riding, learning and (surely) laughing together. I have signed up and paid my deposit, so now the logistics fun begins. Am I renting a motorcycle there, or taking mine? If I do take mine, how do I get it there? Of course riding it is the obvious choice, but that also entails more time away from work. Also, my bike is older and has had some mechanical challenges this winter. Am I risking my vacation by taking it rather than renting?
Since this tour is geared toward newbies, I expect we’ll also be learning about what to pack and what to leave at home. Gear is a no brainer – ATGATT (all the gear, all the time) is the motto of this crowd, so I will fit right in. Space is obviously limited when traveling by motorcycle, so what clothes are absolutely needed for the times we’re not riding?
How do we reach our starting point? Fly? Drive? Ride? We are starting a few hours from a major city, which is awesome but also presents challenges for air travel. I actually enjoy the planning phase of these types of trips. Sorting out the options and deciding which is best is part of the fun and anticipation for me.
So, stay tuned . . . the trip is months away but I’ll be busy working on the details in the meantime! I don’t know how it will all work out, but this time I am following my heart and jumping in with both feet!