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Old 05-12-2010, 09:28 AM   #46
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Oh, and I camp in remote areas pretty frequently. Often feels safer than the local roach motel!

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This is true, I don't think creeps like to wait around in remote areas looking for prey. Only in Hollywood.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:08 PM   #47
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Sounds like you inherited the adventure gene, but it is most unfortunate that you did'nt get it from your parents, because those that don't have it will never be able to understand those that do. Is it dangerous for a female to ride solo across the country? Of course it is, shit happens if you do stuff. Heart attacks happen if you don't. The laws of physics are not gender biased, so it makes no difference that you are a girl. Anybody that's worried about animals has been watching too much TV. The only thing that should be a concern are human animals, but I find there are a lot more of them around where I live than I ever run into on the road.
And if the b/f isn't supportive of your adventurous spirit, I doubt you'd have much trouble finding another one that is!
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:46 AM   #48
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hey Sarah, i want to encourage you!
i am on the road for 19 months now and for sure women alone have different experiences which may be pleasant or sucking depends on the country but i never was facing any "dangerous" situation"!
of course you have to jump into the cold water when you start travelling and find your way but its definitely worth it, never regretted travelling without male company. I could tell you more in private if you want, but i have no website, blog etc...sorry
unfortunately i met only ONE female motobiketraveller on my way which is a real shame so do it!

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Old 05-14-2010, 04:55 AM   #49
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Sarah, riding long range on your own is as safe as anything in your normal life. You keep your head screwed on correctly and you are taking on only slightly more risk (maybe) than you would normally take. If something starts not feeling right, then move on

That being said, motorcycle enthusiasts are generally good people who help each other out of you get in a bind.

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Old 05-14-2010, 05:29 AM   #50
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That being said, motorcycle enthusiasts are generally good people who help each other out of you get in a bind.
I was stopped on a bridge taking pictures a couple years ago and a lone woman traveler stopped to see if I was alright. I thought she was cool.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:46 AM   #51
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I'm doing some solo US roadtripping this summer, but I am starting with a Mexico stint. I had hoped to get a riding buddy for that part, but I'm having trouble scrounging anyone up. I'm trying to decide if I should go solo or not. Advice for women travelers usually includes trying not to draw attention to yourself and many women wear gear that makes their gender pretty ambiguous. However, my bike tends to garner attention in all it's zebra striped glory and my gear is black and pink. Top that off with my curly blond hair coming out of my helmet and I'm afraid I've made myself a bit of a target...

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Old 05-17-2010, 09:10 PM   #52
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I learned a while ago to not tell my mom about my trips until they are over with. I come from a long line of worriers and the comments, phone calls and constant fear for my safety just got to be too much. I am (thankfully) married to someone who understands my need for solo time. I call home once a day and am contemplating purchasing a SPOT.

When my mother started reading some of my writing about my trips, what I've seen, experienced and how important it is to me, she began to get a glimmer of understanding. It's a physical craving to have time alone with the bike. I'm also pretty clear with my boundaries about what is an open item for discussion, and what isn't. Dunno if any of this would work with your folks, but maybe it will.
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:13 PM   #53
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Well........

So with all the girls wanting to go solo. Looks I'm going to have to.

I wasn't sure if I could get attention in the planning forums, but I thought I would pitch the idea here instead.

Are the girls interested in a TAT run? I was thinking in late summer/early fall to start my TAT in Selmer, TN, since that was were I had ended last time. I would go all the way to OR and if some girls wanted to join in at some points they can and go home when they want. You guys think it would be a good idea or a bad idea?

The solo sounds fun and I think it would be good for me at some times.
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Old 05-22-2010, 05:16 AM   #54
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Had to chime in and add my 2ct.

While living in Alaska, I met a lady from Florida. She was an accountant, if I remember correctly. She bought an F650 and had it lowered. She was only 5 ft and that was with two inch boot heels. Anyway, she quit her job and started a trip that took her threw miles and miles of interesting US landscape. She attended the D2D in Dawson City, Yukon. Read about the D2D in the Alaska region. It has become an annual event since its inception about 17 years ago. Anyway, the point is she took the time to see a huge part of the country. When she needed to, she stopped for a few days. She even took a part time job with Barb at Alaska Leather to make some pocket money. She met a lot of ADVers that she had talked with on this website. She was not afraid of being hurt or stranded. She did make plans and kept people informed of them. That would be the best thing you could do for yourself while on the road. But this is what any thoughtfull, lone rider should be doing, it's just smart planning. I say do not fear what is out on the road. Just do your best to make plans. Have some money and plastic. Prepare for mx issues. Enjoy the trip. Again, just my two cents.

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Old 05-22-2010, 06:40 AM   #55
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My wife rides. She, like you, had doubts about riding long distances solo. Well, a few years ago she rode from El Paso to Seattle and back alone. She has another solo trip planned this summer.

She has made me aware that there are some things women automatically think about that never appear on a male's radar. On her first trip, the only incident was being approached by another drunk male who wanted a ride. She was polite, refueled her bike, hopped on and left.

She loves long distance riding. I would say just be aware of your surroundings and stay out of certain areas after dark. You have a much greater chance of being in a biking accident then anything else.

Americans in general are too paranoid. We are fed a constance stream of disasters or supposed crises by the media until we view the outside world as a constant threat.

Check out the thread on "Is Mexico Safe" to see what I mean.
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:24 AM   #56
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parents are gonna worry, that's what they're for. be glad ya gott em

check out happyriding, hardwaregirl, and number8teen, all girls that ride and are fun to hang out with.


p.s. i checked this out cause i thought we were talking women going solo in a porn kinda way
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:49 AM   #57
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My wife rode some 10,000 miles around N. America by herself:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262763

(We weren't married at the time. We were dating. But it was while reading the above ride report that I said to myself: "Damn. This is the woman I want to marry." )

Her experience was very similar to yours, in terms of family resistance. But she kept in close contact with them throughout the trip -- through phone and through that ride report -- and the fact that she was having such an amazing time slowly won them over. Mostly, anyhow! Parents and grandparents are always going to worry a little!

Get out there, be smart about it, and have a great time! Do be sure you know how to do basic maintenance, pick up the bike, etc.
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:40 PM   #58
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Sounds like you inherited the adventure gene, but it is most unfortunate that you did'nt get it from your parents, because those that don't have it will never be able to understand those that do. Is it dangerous for a female to ride solo across the country? Of course it is, shit happens if you do stuff. Heart attacks happen if you don't. The laws of physics are not gender biased, so it makes no difference that you are a girl. Anybody that's worried about animals has been watching too much TV. The only thing that should be a concern are human animals, but I find there are a lot more of them around where I live than I ever run into on the road.
And if the b/f isn't supportive of your adventurous spirit, I doubt you'd have much trouble finding another one that is!
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:55 AM   #59
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+1 on ignoring the fear mongers. I say if YOU are worried about it then take some unarmed self defense classes. If you aren't worried about it then go on your way, enjoy the ride and stick your tongue out at the naysayers when you get back with your adventure and stories.

A nice read (though not in any real order, but start at the bottom anyhow) http://vespa-vagabond.blogspot.com/ this woman rode cross country alone on a vespa taking 2 months, from SF, California to New York. Takes maybe 30-45 minutes to read it all.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:56 AM   #60
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Yeah, I have the same problem with parents. So I don't tell them I'm traveling until after I'm home. Then there are the nosey people who just think it's weird for a woman to want to take off on motorcycle adventures alone, so I don't tell them anything. Before or after.


Fear is a gift......... if it is true fear and not one imposed upon you from your environment or your memory. True fear makes you cautious and careful and aware. I never ignore my fears. I examine them to decide if they are unwarranted, unfounded, or true signals of danger. Then I proceed based on how I answer that.
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