Category: Adventure

Gravel Roads, Grit, and Graceful Endings

by Liz Jansen Growth comes through tests and challenges, and motorcycle rides inherently come with lessons. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when gravel roads showed up on a recent trip. I love riding back roads in the Appalachians in

Year End Motorcycle Road Song and Tribute to Dad

by LIz Jansen While driving my car down a popular motorcycle pine-tree-lined road a few years ago, Jim Croce’s I’ve Got a Name came over the radio. The lyrics sang a custom fit to my time and place in life. Now

Celebrate the Return of Light with Peace

by Liz Jansen Today we celebrate the return of the light in the northern hemisphere. For tens of thousands of years, people around the world have celebrated this sacred and auspicious time. Tonight I’ll celebrate with a contemplative lantern walk

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The First Motorcycle Trip of the Season That Wasn’t

by Liz Jansen It was meant to be my first motorcycle trip of the season. Instead I’m doing it in a Nissan Note. The more successful outcome is that wisdom and pragmatism prevailed in an emotional situation. Eight years ago,

Changing the Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

by Liz Jansen Imagine my surprise when I walked into the back yard recently and discovered new denizens had taken positions around the gardens. Snow White and five of the seven dwarfs must have entered through the opening in the

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Disempowering Motorcycle Myth Debunked

by Liz Jansen “If you’re going to ride that bike, you’d better be able to pick it up by yourself.” “I can’t go on a solo trip until I learn to pick it up by myself.” The first statement was

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Taking the Trip of a Lifetime—by Train, Plane, and Motorcycle

by Liz Jansen Looking at the same scenery during the trip of a lifetime, three generations had differing views. Flying north from Edmonton to Grande Prairie, my father stared out at the wilderness below. He was fixated on the fish

First Motorcycle Ride—Some Things Never Get Old

by Liz Jansen In a month, I’ll be celebrating another birthday. The calendar doesn’t stop and every year that age number increases by one. In fact those ‘ones’ seem to come around faster than before. But there’s one thing that

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9 Motorcycle Rites of Spring

by Liz Jansen While Trudy, my motorcycle, is still in hibernation, the calendar has transitioned to spring. While many of you are already riding, it’s still a little early in some areas. I’m in no rush. Rather, I’m savoring this

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5 Moto Secrets Revealed

by Liz Jansen Recently I was interviewed by Adventure Rider Radio for a story on Crash Recovery. During the course of the conversation I found myself admitting one of the shadows that had crossed my mind, albeit briefly, was that

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