Monday, 23 December 2013

The Rhonda returns!

A happy ending for once! By lovely bike was stolen last night. I could not believe it this morning! I was heartbroken. All I could do was set about spreading the word in the vain hope that someone would see or hear something but I was convinced she had gone for good. All that hard work and effort and good will to get this far and some little git (lets keep it clean) decides he wants her.

Thanks to my son who acted so quickly today and set out in the pouring rain on foot to start searching the local woods and footpaths. He said if she was hidden we didn't have much time to get her back. I told him it was long gone in the back of a transit and would be stripped by now but he was determined to try. I'm so glad he did.

When he called me, out of breath, and he said those words "Mum I've got your bike. I've found her" I just could not believe my ears. I ran out in to the rain and set off to meet him walking back pushing Rhonda! He was soaked through and tired from pushing her up hill but a hero for sure!
She needs some repairs as they caused a bit of damage getting the steering lock off and trying ( but failing miserably! ha ha!!) to hot wire her but nothing that cannot be fixed. I'm just so happy to be reunited. You wouldn't believe!! It's been emotional! : 0 )

As my son said today "For every sinner there is a saint" and I am just stunned at how quickly people acted today to spread the word. Love it or loathe it, Facebook is a great tool for spreading the word. The news spread, not just to every corner of the country but to countries all over the world as well! All thanks to people caring enough to act on what they read. People I have never met must have spent a good portion of their morning sharing that status and then going back to update people on the good news. Amazing. I cannot thank them enough. I think balance is well and truly restored and as I sit down this evening with my glass of wine, doing my final wrapping I can smile, safe in the knowledge that next year is going to be OK thanks to the support of family, fellow bikers and friends all over the world who have my back!

No left overs for the dogs this Christmas who have once again proved their worth and slept through the whole bloody episode! Nice once Chui and Josh!!! It's lucky we love you!!



Tuesday, 17 December 2013

13 weeks to go and party on!

Time really is flying now and with just the extra tank to go on Rhonda she is almost set.

Once Christmas is out of the way things are really going to get crazy. It's like a whirlwind already and every day is one step closer to setting off in to the sunset on the trip of my dreams! Is this really happening? If I'm dreaming then please don't wake me!

We have had plenty of practice as you can see with all the kit (I used a spare helmet for this one as I didn't want to get my lovely new X-Lite dirty!!)

Thanks to Mick Extance Experience we raised some money for the trip as well as testing out all the gear. It really was a top weekend and a great test for the bike and the Kriega luggage, which stayed in place beautifully. Thanks to everyone who came along.


Monday, 2 December 2013

Ace Cafe - London send off

The Ace cafe has seen some motorcycle history in it's time having seen in the the birth of Rock N Roll and being the place for rockers to meet, arrange runs or just fix their bikes! Bikers came to listen to the jukebox long before RNR was played on the radio!

From this fusion of music and motorbikes came the legend of Record Racing. Drop the coin in the slot and race to a given point before the record finished playing!

The Ace cafe, with its combination of Motorbikes, speed and Rock N Roll became the launchpad for many famous racers and the birthplace for many bands.


On the 23rd March 2014 it will become the launchpad for my RTW trip and I can guarantee you that I will have some Rock N Roll playing on my iplayer as I leave! Perhaps even a bit of Ska music! One Steph beyond???

It would be wonderful to see you all there. I will be leaving at 1pm, lead by my dad, heading over to the port for my short hop over to France and the start of my overland adventure!

Should be a fun day with loads of Adventure bikes on show.






Thursday, 28 November 2013

10 things to do with a Spork

Utensils of the Gods?

I received a delivery from Cotswold Outdoor today. I'd spoken to Mike Stevens, their retails director a few weeks ago via Linkedin, who had very kindly offered me a discount at my local store to help with the mounting costs of my trip.

He also promised that if any ex display stuff came up for grabs he would send it on.

True to his word a delivery arrived today and inside I found a Mountain Hardware sleeping bag, a Mountain Equipment sleeping matt, a Rab fleece and t-shirt, a Greeber torch and last but by no means least A SPORK!!! My very own Spork at last!!

Now the space on my bike is very very precious of course and so I thought I should weigh up the pros and cons by setting myself a challenge. If I can come up with 10 good uses for a Spork then it goes in the bag. If not, it is filed in the box that stays behind marked "Things to keep"! Here goes.....

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Preparing for a round the world trip

Never use ingenuity when brute force and ignorance will suffice. It only saps the brain cells... and you need to save all of yours!

                                   DOYLE, The Professionals, "Servant of Two Masters" (1979)

I am now on the 4 month countdown to setting off and leaving everything I know behind, heading for the horizon on what will be a life changing experience. Of course the life changes are already long underway.....

How do you plan for a trip like this? How much is it really costing? What are you doing with your house? Why are you going on your own? Are you crazy?

Friday, 8 November 2013

Big up the bikers

I must admit I never suited being a wall flower. Anyone who has seen me take over the dance floor or a karaoke machine knows that! However, this is not about the bragging rights for me on this occasion. One Woman One Moto One World should be taken with tongue firmly in cheek. However, I make no apologies for putting myself out there because from this comes chance meetings with amazing people, reunions with old friends and the discovery of great businesses with customer service way above and beyond their call of duty. The world suddenly starts to become a lot smaller and less intimidating place thanks to that real biker spirit that shines through when you need it most! A bit like elephants!! : 0 ) We may be fat and wrinkly, we may blow our own trumpets occasionally but we protect, support and work together when the time comes.

Monday, 28 October 2013

The New Arrival

Well she has arrived! The bike that will carry me around the world over 15 months!

Saturday morning and I decided to walk the mile from my house to Colwyn Bay Motorcycles where my bike was waiting for me. Prepped and ready to go.
As I get nearer I feel the excitement building at the thought of us getting acquainted! I had chosen the bike I was going to be spending the next 15 months with and, forsaking all others, it would just be me and her for better or for worse! There was no going back now. It felt amazing!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Chewing the Coca at 4200 meters

Having got over the novelty of consuming Guinea Pig, Alpaca and Pisco Sour it was time to move on to headier heights. Don't get me wrong, I highly recommend Pisco Sour. It cures most ailments. So far it has cured a bad back, headaches, stomach cramps and tiredness! Peruvian Penicillin! Guinea Pig? I can take it or leave it.

Our guide has been chewing Coca leaves throughout the trip and now after using all my energy to climb a rocky track to 4200 meters and faced with a trek on foot to the bottom of the glacier it seemed appropriate to try chewing the coca (the alkaloid contents of coca leaves is low and so chewing the leaves does not produce the same intense high as with cocaine). A ritual not dissimilar to chewing tobacco. You grab a handful of leaves, stick it in your cheek,  add a little flavoring (not sure what it was. The details were slightly lost in translation), then chew for up to 2 hours. It tastes foul but it certainly does lift your energy levels. Perfectly legal of course and commonly practiced by the locals. The only problem was deciding how much I was being affected by the altitude and how much by the coca. For this reason, after half an hour of climbing, chewing and general lightheadedness I decided the coca had to go.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Feeling Tall - From North to South America

Well that is the end of my North American
adventure. After 16,000 miles, 44 riders, 2 casualties, 6 breakdowns and Nick Sanders to deal with over 8 weeks you would think I was glad to see the back of it! Not so! I enjoyed the US more than I thought I would and despite having very little time to myself (something I cherish) over that time I thoroughly enjoyed everyone's company. I have have made some great new friends and learnt a little more about myself along the way. It's funny how you get used to moving from day to day and it was a great insight in to how I might feel during my world trip next year. It has given me a little more confidence and that can't be a bad thing at this stage! If you are thinking of riding the US then I would recommend you don't just stick to Route 66. It's nice to see but it's a cliche and there are far far better roads to ride either on your own or as part of a group. You can do far worse than taking Nick's incredible USA tour. However, it is not for the faint hearted. You will cover up to 520 miles per day and will have to be prepared to ride unguided at times. Of course you will have a road book and back up vehicle but this is no coach tour.It's an expedition. Be prepared! The sense of achievement you will feel on completing this mammoth road trip will be priceless! 8,000 miles in 3 weeks covering some of the best America has to offer. Coast to coast to coast. To book for next year or find out more info visit Red Moto Adventures

Monday, 9 September 2013

Highway 58 with Fastest Man around the world


I dont often do pillion riding. However riding on the back of Nick Sanders on Highway 58 was an awesome experience (and I don’t use that word lightly). As I have said before, Highway 58 is very understated and yet Nick will tell you it is one of his favorite roads in the world.  Caroline kindly gave up her seat for the afternoon and left us with the words “No showing off” ringing in our ears as we blasted off on route to Bakersfield from the Smoke house is Cayucos on the west coast. I can take or leave Highway 1 to be honest. It’s nice but that’s all it is. Nice! For me it is too busy. I was itching to get back to Higway 58 where I had had so much fun a month before riding it in the truck. Nick kindly offered to let me experience it on a bike this time around and so my co driver took over and Caroline jumped in with him.
As always when you really need your go pro the battery dies and I am left with nothing to do but enjoy the ride. We start off at a fairly sedate speed, warming up, enjoying the views which were draped in this beautiful golden light due to combination of the evening sun and the sandy colour of the hills around us. Then we go! What a buzz. I didn’t feel unsafe at any stage despite the lack of control on my part and the speeds reaching 110mph.
We blasted around the tightest of corners scraping the panniers as we lent and took off over the roller coaster section which is just the best bit of road ever. I felt privileged to be riding it with Nick because he made damn sure we made the most of it. I could not have been happier. This was just perfect!
We rode for 3 hours until we hit Bakersfield in the dark. The support truck was nowhere to be seen and so I went for my cold beer in my riding gear. Hot, sweaty and happy!!
This road is a must do if you ever find yourself in the area! Do it! Do not take an alternative route. This is a no brainer! Trust me!

Friday, 6 September 2013

Salt Flats revisited


So after a first few days of what seemed like everything being thrown at us, I am pleased to report that the bikes are now behaving, the weather is being kind and all riders are fit and well (no worse than when they started anyway!). Adventure isn’t Paved – even on a road trip!

How do I feel 10 days in to my second trip around America? Actually pretty damn good. 11,500 miles under my belt and it hardly shows at all!! Pah! I feel good, I feel confident and I have now just set myself up for a fall by saying that!!!! 

I was worried I would not be able to find the enthusiasm but it is actually great to go around again. I am loving the people watching and that is just within the group. Very interesting to watch the dynamics changing as the trip goes on and of course they are very different people to the first group so this all makes for a whole new adventure for me! 

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Welcome on board X-Lite Performance Helmets

X-Lite Performance Helmets have just agreed to support the One Woman, One Moto project. This is my helmet of choice and I am so pleased to be welcoming them on board. A special thank you to Steve and Trevor, who have been so enthusiastic in their support so far.

So why did I want this helmet? You don't need to go much further than to Google it and read the reviews (or watch the review below). This is a well thought out crossover helmet that has comfort, practicality and ruggedness built in! It also looks good and comes in a choice of colours! I want a helmet that will work for me on AND off road but doesn't compromise in either situation.

It's light and uses modern choice materials for the
layers of the shell and extra comfortable high-tech fabrics for the interior. It also has the additional bonus of the internal VPS sunscreen and is standard ready for the N-COM X-Series communication system. This will work well with my Garmin and iPod! I think it has me covered!

The biggest test for it will, of course, be whether it can handle a world trip! Watch this space.


Thursday, 22 August 2013

Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge campsite to end


Well  that's it for the first group. The final few days are over! All the riders have just left the port and I am sat in the port office (kindly given a desk for an hour while I wait for my lift).  All the lovely New York accents around me as they send and receive freight from the busy Newark shipping lanes. They are all so kind here. A family run business, the father, who calls me dear as he sits me at a spare desk in the thankfully air conditioned office out of the searing Newark heat, reminds me of a character from Cagney and Lacey!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

The road to Nashville


The last few days have been a little tyring. We have had a couple of long transit days (around 500 miles on one road!) and so not had much to tell. These days are necessary evils if you want to cross a continent twice in 21 days and this is something you will have to bear in mind if you are considering coming on a this expedition. There is a lot packed in. If you can do it then you are highly rewarded but you really do have to be honest with yourself about your abilities before you sign up. That is probably the best bit of advice I can give.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Death Valley, Vegas, Route 66 and Canyon

Yes we really have ticked all these off in the last 2 days! I cant quite believe it myself. All this on 4 hours sleep! Highlights....

Road closed at Death Valley

As we headed towards Death Valley in furness heat we learnt that the road leading to it ahead was closed to to flash flood damage. After much deliberation we split the group. Some took the long way around and the rest of us headed past the road closed signs to see what we could do to get the bikes through. This is an adventure after all! Of course we made it and it really wasn't that bad in the end. A bit of sand and the tarmac broken up in places but nothing we couldnt get through with a bit of effort! Turned out to be great fun and no one even dropped a bike!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Golden Gate Bridge and Highway 1

Number of days - 12
Number of miles - 4260 ish

I am pleased to say we have had no more stops for speeding and no more broken bikes!

Danni's bike is now fixed and back on the road and most of the riders seem to be coping really well with the miles.

We have managed to cross a continent in 11 days and have reached the west coast of America. We have come all the way from New York to San Francisco and on the 12th day we have traveled over Golden Gate Bridge, along the famous Highway 1 coast road and started heading inland again to Bakersfield.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Riding in cowboy country


Days on road - 9
Miles so far - 2800 ish
No of breakdowns - 2 (bent wheel on GSXR and dodgy alt. on R1)
No of stops for speeding - about 10 (losing count)
No of tickets issued - 2 (although one was a warning ticket)

Not sure how many states we have gone through but we have now hit 3 time zones and we are currently 7 hours behind UK.

South Dakota and Wyoming are states I would highly recommend for riding your Iron Steed. Home of Buffalo Bill and Cody of course is the Rodeo capital of the world. These states have everything from wonderful twisties (like the 14 Alternative that goes up to 8000 feet) right through Indian country, great pit stops, amazing wildlife and biker friendly locals! What more could you ask for? If you are prepared to put in the miles, you will be generously rewarded. I wish I could tell you all that has happened in the last couple of days but I will avoid waffling too much and share the highlights. The rough and the smooth.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Badlands - It wasn't so bad! Actually it was quite nice!



Day 6 - Souix Falls to Cody
Distance - 430 miles
Total distance so far - 1770 miles

I'm getting used to this driving long hours thing now! Another 8 hours under my belt and a great day. I was last to leave the hotel of course and a lot of the riders were taking different routes today so I just drove the main route as per the road book and pottered along. I didn't see one of them and no one called so I just kept pottering along and taking pictures and enjoying the view. It was a lovely day! Now at Custer and the place is swarming with bikers. It's lovely. Cody seems like a real old fashioned cowboy town so I am going to wonder in shortly and see if I can get slung out of a saloon!!



Sunday, 4 August 2013

American Diaries - The Hogs are swarming

Day 3 and 4 on the road

Cleavland to Clinton - 500 miles
Clinton to Sioux Falls - 475 miles

Road along the Mississippi to Sioux Falls. Heading towards the Sturgis Rally. This is a Harley Davidson rally where 250,000 riders decent on Sturgis, a small town which normally holds around 8,000 people. As we get closer we are surrounded more and more by non helmet wearing, denim clad bikers on their HOGs. It is lovely actually although I am not a Harley fan, I do love the sound and its just nice to be around so many bikers. The Interstates and hotels are full of them.

I am so tired now after nearly 1000 miles in 2 days. Catching up with me tonight I think. I am up just before 6am every morning and out running before getting packed up, meeting for the 7.30 briefing and then heading out on the road. It is all going smoothly though, short of 3 police stops (the bikes speeding) and one bike full of diesel!!

My truck just keeps on trucking and I am loving seeing so much of the states. Looking forward to seeing Sturgis tomorrow, not to mention Mount Rushmore, Badlands and watching my first Rodeo!!


Saturday, 3 August 2013

American Diaries - Day 1 and 2

Newark to Elmira - 220 miles
Elmira to Cleveland - 365 miles

So it's now morning of day 3 and I must admit I am slightly worse for wear. Having had a fantastically healthy start to the trip with my 5a.m runs and swims and my zero alcohol intake I decided last night that it was time to let my hair down a little. Everything in moderation including moderation itself. My friend Oscar Wilde never said a truer word! This is a quote I live by and it works for me. Life is too short to get anal about things and yet we must moderate to remain healthy and happy. Life balance!

So day one started with the usual teething problems you would expect. The crew managed to get their bikes from the docs with surprisingly little drama and we set off on a 220 mile warming up day. Most of us got lost of course and the riders felt like a boil in the bag meal! However, we all made it and smiling too for that matter!

At times I felt like crying and at times it was so much fun chasing the bikes through Pennsylvania!  That's what its all about though. Without the lows what would the highs mean? Certainly not as much. Makes you feel alive!

My roomie and I are getting on really well (pictured below with her sexy R1.Go girlfriend!!). I had a feeling we would. We have had some real giggles already.
We both slept very well on the first night although apparently I was talking in my sleep!!

Day 2 saw us do about 365 miles to Cleveland via Niagara. This day was a lot easier as far as navigation and everything just fit in to place beautifully. Niagara is stunning as you would imagine but it's natural beauty is kinda spoilt by the fact that you are corralled through the visitor centres selling all sorts of crap! Went to Hard Rock Cafe for lunch and then had a steady ride over to Cleveland arriving around tea time so all in all a good day. We didn't lose anyone and we all had a brilliant night in the Bone Yard Bar that night. Sadly I lost my Converse after trying to take a short cut back to the hotel through some bushes (!! no idea what I was thinking!!) and finding a ditch amongst the foliage! My shoes came off and I just couldn't find them again!! The least said about that the better I think!!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

American Diaries

Made it to New Jersey a few days ago. On tour with Nick Sanders and a load of bikers doing the Incredible USA tour of Nicks. I am official support and so will be driving the van rather than riding but hey! I get paid for this so I'm not complaining.

We will be doing two tours back to back. Both are 7,500 miles and so all together Nick, Caroline and I will be doing a grand total of 15,000 miles! This is the equivalent of riding from the UK to Singapore! If I can do this then I can get my sorry ass around the world! I have no idea how Caroline (who comes along as the medic) can ride pillion for this amount of time! Now THAT must be hard work!

We will be visiting some amazing places like Sturges (during the famous bike rally), Badlands, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, LA, Mount Rushmore, Salt Lake City, Yellow stone Park, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Kansas City and Colorado to name but a few. Oh we even go to Graceland! Kinda looking forward to that! Uhuhuuuu!!!

This is going to be great training for me. Not only for the mileage and the heat and my overall endurance but also for testing my equipment, keeping my blog up to date and also keeping fit with a daily run and some Chi Gong even when I have 8 hours driving to do (most important). This is the moment of truth. I will either come back fat, unfit and scared or I will be fitter, stronger and even more confident in my abilities to circumnavigate the globe! It is my choice and I can blame no one else if I end up full of donughts!

Watch this space.
Have a nice day yaaaall!!


Sunday, 21 July 2013

Anyone for a Half Marathon?

Thanks to a Zoe Beaumont of kittypiercings.co.uk in Colwyn Bay, who offered to run a Half Marathon to help raise much needed funds for both my record attempt and Rally4Life, I too will now be running (well how could I refuse!). In fact, what started as one woman showing her support has so far led to a total of 5 of us running! Well done Zoe for getting us going and thanks Cora, Sam, Neil and possibly my mum (??) for taking the baton and running with it - literally!

Now we have a mission on and we would love you to join us on what has been voted in the top 5 most scenic Half Marathons by readers of Runners World.

You don't have to be a runner but it's a great incentive to get your training program started and even if you just walk around it all counts!

Contact steph@redmotoadventures.co.uk for sponsorship forms and meeting points so we can start together and in style! We don't do it any other way! It's going to be a fun day out and in a stunning part of North Wales.

The race is on Sunday the  24th November and you can enter online here

http://www.runwales.com/events/conwy-half-marathon

Be part of history! Help get me to Antarctica and become the first British rider to hit all seven continents on a bike solo! 20% of all money raised for this project will be donated to Rally4life.org. A wonderful charity who need our support. Please check them out.

If you prefer just to make a donation or show your support in some other way then please contact steph@redmotoadventures.co.uk



Sunday, 14 July 2013

A bed for the night

Move around the map below to see details of my route. The little blue bikes represent places where people have offered their support with a bed for the night. To see details click on the individual bikes. The black lines represent routes I will take should funding allow. If you can add to this then please get in touch. Your support is massively appreciated. Please note: This map is not currently compatible with Explorer 10. Please use compatibility view or better still Chrome.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Around the world on 10k and 2 wheels - possible?

Well this is the Big Question and one that many people have asked me since setting up this project. The answer is I don't know, in all honesty, but I am going to give it a damn good try and am willing to bet my hard earned ten grand on it! 

I believe anything is possible with a bit of positive mental attitude, good old fashioned pigheadedness,  a lot of help from my friends, family, and possibly most importantly, people I meet on along the way.

Charlie and Ewan had a budget of over a million as well as a support crew. What makes me think I can do it on my own with a tiny fraction of their budget? Well I don't have a million or a support crew for starters! The only alternative is to stay at home and spend my money on adventure DVDs and chocolate instead. Nothing has ever come easily to me (mostly because I chose the hard way to do everything! I am
a victim of my own actions) and so I am kind of  used to roughing it. I guess you could say my trip would be "The skint way round" by comparison. 

Monday, 10 June 2013

What bike?

After much deliberation and many hours of homework, the natural conclusion I have come to is that the only bike I trust for this journey is a Honda. Why? Good question, and one I'm glad you asked! Here are my top 5 reasons:


1.Having worked with them in the past, I am fully aware that their reliability and durability partly lies in their simplicity. To coin a phrase: it does what it says on the tin!  If it does break down, the chances are it will be repairable and parts will be available! Honda's build quality is second-to-none. This is a must for my journey. 


2. The CRF 250L came out last year and no one has attempted to take it on such a journey before. I am looking forward to testing it out and showing what it is capable of. This is a multi-role bike which I can tell you - having test ridden it - is equally at home on the road or on a dirt track. I am confident it will tackle anything I throw at it. 


3. It is lightweight and fairly low to the ground giving me the confidence to take it anywhere and know that if I get stuck, I can always drag it out!


4. It has excellent fuel economy and with such a small budget I need that! It is powered by a single cylinder that provides useful power and torque across a wide rev range.

5. I look good in red! What more is there to say?

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Part 2 - Malaysia to North Wales via Australia, South America.............

OK, so let's assume that all has gone roughly according to plan with Eastern Asia and part of Southern Asia under my belt. Fully rested in Thailand I will now head down through Malaysia to Singapore then over to Indonesia where I will head for the country that I have longed to go to for quite some time: Borneo.

Borneo is the third largest island in the world and has spectacular jungles that are still relatively untouched. Borneo, with all its amazing wildlife has managed to stay fairly undeveloped by tourism. Not a bad thing when you consider that tourism has a history of eating up and spitting out the most beautiful of places.

The biggest draw for me here are the Orang-utans and the thousands of different tribes that still live safely, sheltered amongst the jungle foliage. The riding is going to be pretty darn funky too. This is where my bike will be really tested for its off road capabilities (as will mine for that matter!).

I plan on staying here and investigating for 20 days, travelling from East to West before heading off to Australia (not sure if by air or sea here). Makes it sound so easy on paper!!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Part 1 - Getting to Thailand - One pot cooking all the way!

Like the littlest hobo, I don't want to get too hung up on exact miles and routes but of course it makes sense to have an idea of which direction to head in the first place. I am sure, like any adventure worth it's salt, that circumstances will make choices for me along the way. However, this is my initial plan.

Taking on 42 countries and 6 continents in 15 months starting in my home country of Wales.

From Wales I will head through England to France, Belgium, Germany, Czech and then Poland. I don't intend on hanging around too long in any of these countries because of the cost involved. I hope to find some friendly sofa's to stay on to keep the costs down using this brilliant site - couchsurfing.com and of course a bit of camping (although even that is expensive in Europe). From Poland I will travel on to Slovakia where I plan on spending a few days checking out the country before I leave for Hungary then Romania, Bulgaria and finally over to Turkey. This leg will take me about a month. I will be avoiding all major roads and pottering along the back roads hoping to find some interesting people to talk to along the way.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

One Woman, One Motorbike, One World Trip

In 11 months time from now, on the 27th March 2013 I will be heading off on a solo overland journey around the world on a motorbike. I expect, to take between 15 months and  2 years to complete my route, visiting in the region of 40 countries and riding around  50,000 miles.The journey though, begins here.

I have 11 months to choose the right bike (not easy when you happen to be a short woman!), the right luggage, what route to take, and what is the bare minimum I can live on. I really am going to have to rely on the kindness of strangers if I am to survive on my minuscule budget. Looks like I'm going to need a tent!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Riders of the lost lanes

We went on a search for some new routes for our Green Lane Experience a couple of weeks ago. As you can see...Tony really is thorough!!

No stone left unturned. Bless! At least I think that's what he's doing!

This place just keeps on giving! We are really impressed with the number of lanes we have found and the roads connecting them are just ace! We've got the XT660's on the road now and, well O.K, they are not as light as an enduro bike, but they are lovely to ride and well placed on the green lanes and back roads of wales. Better for longer journeys too. I could sit on one all day, and often do! The right tool for the job (Tony's a pretty useful tool too!).


Sunday, 17 March 2013

The Crutch Challenge

I had a slight biking accident on Thursday resulting in a broken foot, a sprained ankle and most painfully of all, two dislocated toes! Bored so I thought I would set myself a few StephMoto challenges! Starting with easy stuff as its only day 1 on the crutches!Here is part 1 of the Crutch challenge.....


Islamic province bans women pillion passengers from straddling motorbikes..

.. to protect their 'morals' in Indonesia

A city in an Indonesian province which follows Sharia law is to ban women from straddling on motorbikes behind male drivers. Leaflets have been sent to residents and government offices in the city of Lhokseumawe to inform them about the new rules. The mayor of the city, Suaidi Yahya, said the change in law is to save people's 'morals and behaviours'.
Controversial: A city in an Indonesian province which follows Sharia law is to ban women from straddling on motorbikes behind male drivers. This is a file picture
Controversial: A city in an Indonesian province which follows Sharia law is to ban women from straddling on motorbikes behind male drivers. This is a file picture

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Coast to Coast to Coast to Coast

I have been invited to be support driver for the  Incredible USA Coast to Coast Challenge, riding through Niagra, Sturgis, Badlands, Boneville Salt Flats, Yellowstone Park and Death Valley to name but a few. My role will be to sweep a group of 25 bikers from West to East coast and back in 23 days (picking them up if they break down), pick up another 25 bikers, turn around and do it all over again. A total of 15,452 miles in 46 days! Challenge on!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Ready, Steady, Fast Eddy



“All riders to the start line” summoned the voice through the crackling tanoy system. Having been here before as a rider, I knew just how much that voice and those words could twist your insides and threaten to stop your heart right there and then, in the middle of a frosty field in Ashby De La Zouch! Thankfully, on this occasion, my insides were firmly unaffected. Safe in the knowledge that I would not be on that start line today!






Monday, 4 March 2013

Interview with Nick Sanders


I interviewed Nick a year ago for an article I was writing. It was some time later that he offered me a job and we became friends. I now live in a cabin on his land most of the time with my dog Chui, helping him manage all his various projects.

Nick Sanders has motorcycled around the world 7 times and up and down the Americas 7 times to make him the most experienced solo motorcycle adventurer in the world. Nick holds the record for riding around the world in 19 days and also the double transit of the Americas in 46 days. He has led client expeditions across the Himalayas, from London to Timbuktu, around the world and extensively along the full length of the Americas from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska.

Seems like a perfect base to develop my skills as a Solo Motorcycle Adventurer!
Check out the interview here and come join me in Peru after the tour!