Category: Adventure

Mennonites and Motorcycles, and Magic

Motorcycles and Mennonites merged at last weekend’s Calgary Motorcycle Show. Events like this connect you with community, culture, and others who share your interests. While you know you’ll rekindle old friendships, common bonds and shared roots quickly transform strangers into

Shattered Plans Usher in Day One of 2019

When the phone rang at 6:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, I knew my plans were about to change. I’d made space for a peaceful, Zen day of meditation, hiking in the woods, and envisioning the coming year. The nurse

The Story Behind the Story of Crash Landing

by Liz Jansen In 2014 I set out on a solo motorcycle adventure, expecting to be on the road for twelve- to eighteen months, traveling the Americas. My purpose was to seek the answer to who I was before my

Finding Calm When Quitting is Not an Option

by Liz Jansen It was a two-part challenge. First came a day of riding big-rig-dense Interstate 20 across Texas during autumn storms. The second, heralded by foreboding skies, came the next day and took the first day’s lessons to a

10 Tips for Being in the Flow Through (Life’s) Storms

by Liz Jansen This week I had the unenviable experience of riding through two separate, large storm systems, one on the fringe of a hurricane, as I rode east across the southern U.S. It wasn’t my preferred manner of travel,

Goodbye California and a Special Offer

by Liz Jansen After making my way across the country, I stalled for a week in northern at the Horizons Unlimited travelers’ event, then visiting with friends in southern California. Today I’m back on the road, heading east to Georgia,

Announcing Crash Landing Launch & Welcoming the New!

by Liz Jansen This week’s post comes to you from the Horizons Unlimited travelers’ event in Mariposa, California. I’ve been awed by the ever-changing and stupendous natural beauty as I’ve traveled across the country. It’s the perfect way to cap

Moving Down the Road — With All it Brings

by Liz Jansen Five days into another road trip and I’m settled in to the uncertainty and unpredictability of life on the road. Thinking I could get 650 km/400 miles behind me the first day, I made a reservation at

5 Voices of Resistance aka Pre-Trip Noise—and 5 Antidotes

by Liz Jansen In a few days, Trudy (my motorcycle) and I will be on our way across the continent. You’d think with the hundreds of thousands of miles I’ve ridden, departures would be easier. It is an exciting time.

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

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