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The Butterfly Route 

The Butterfly Route 

   Storytelling is an art form, and something I dream of doing well. When I was a teenage girl I used to listen to Paul Harvey on the radio. I looked forward to the weekly day and time that a local country radio station would broadcast his syndicated show....
Dividing from the Divide

Dividing from the Divide

It’s Sunday morning, and I have 450 miles to cover on my little XT250 to get home tonight. Not at all sure I can actually do that, I’m going to give it my best try.  Tammy and Molly are already up and Molly calls out that she is making oatmeal as I...
Out of the desert and into the Aspen

Out of the desert and into the Aspen

We wake to frost-covered tents and steam rising from the slow-moving Sweetwater River.              Tammy starts a fire, Molly makes oatmeal, and I reorganize some gear on my bike to better distribute weight. Between...
What a day in Wyoming

What a day in Wyoming

Kendall Valley is as gorgeous in the morning as it was the night before. Dawn breaks cold and clear with cloudless pale blue skies. We take advantage of Sparky and Dave’s (the friendly staff) hospitality and enjoy the availability of hot tea and anything...
Between the Wildernesses

Between the Wildernesses

After two nights in Jackson, thanks to the generosity of Molly’s friends (thank you Kate and Brad!), we pack up and move on, riding north on the “Jackson Spur” part of the Continental Divide Trail maps (that I bought from the Adventure Cycling...
West Yellowstone to Jackson, WY

West Yellowstone to Jackson, WY

We ride back over Targhee Pass, and while it’s still chilly, it’s much better than the day before, even if only that it’s not snowing. I’m still navigating, and will for the entire 8 days that I get to ride with Molly and Tammy. I lead us to...
From Montana to Idaho, and back again

From Montana to Idaho, and back again

As we ride out of Lima, I note the time as around 5:30pm. We’ve hatched a loose plan to ride 40 miles-ish east to a primitive campsite just past Lima Reservoir.  We ride through Lima to Third Avenue and turn east, bump over the railroad tracks and out into...
Bannack to Lima

Bannack to Lima

My first night as part of the trio is filled with just getting settled in at our campsite at Bannack State Park in southwest Montana, and catching up with Molly and Tammy. I want to hear all about their adventure so far. They’ve each already been traveling for...
Catching up with friends

Catching up with friends

Molly and Tammy left Banff, the start of the Continental Divide Trail, around the first of September. Sometime in August we decided to meet in southwest Montana around September 10.  My new job is busiest from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and there’s no way I...
Packing for the Continental Divide 

Packing for the Continental Divide 

I think the anticipation you experience in advance of a trip, by planning and preparing for it, adds to the overall enjoyment of whatever it is you’re doing. For me, getting excited about a trip is almost as enjoyable as the actual trip. As I start to sort out...
Harvest time

Harvest time

Earlier this year a friend invited me to tag along as she made one of her a dreams a reality. During a fireside chat in the woods on Molly’s family’s farm a few years ago, Molly shared her dream of someday riding the Continental Divide Trail on her...
Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado

I love Colorado. And I love my best friend, Megan. So getting to spend some time with her there on a weekend in April sounds like heaven to me.        I’m overdue to pick up a used motorcycle I bought online. The guys at Gear Heads in...
Anticipation 

Anticipation 

As much fun as I have on the road, and it’s a lot, I think I have nearly as much fun during the planning stage as the actual trip. This same feeling applies to backpacking trips, Moto trips or any other form of getaway for me. I like the research and the...
21 most useful tools/things from my travels

21 most useful tools/things from my travels

Motorcyclists are limited to how much they can take with them on the road. But we always seem to find room for the most useful things. Here were some of the things I was glad I made room for: 1. Headlamp – Perfect for guiding you back from your outdoor bathroom...