Female solo V-Strom rider age 64 rides Beartooth, Glacier, Icefields Pkwy.

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Cariboostrom, May 23, 2012.

  1. houndawgg

    houndawgg Been here awhile

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    I know it's a lot harder for a lady for obvious reasons, but as Cariboostrom said
    "Get out and do it".
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  2. Cariboostrom

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    Thanks for that tip Bob...I checked out their website and it does look very good. I really enjoy riding around this part of Idaho and into western Montana, staying at Mom and Pop type motels.
    Danielle
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  3. Cariboostrom

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    When you say "it's a lot harder for a lady for obvious reasons"..... so what exactly ARE these reasons? I know a lot of guys who don't go very far on their bikes either! Mostly it's FEAR! So as an older female I don't get hassled by young guys wanting a date...young guys come up and talk to me about the V-Strom a lot. I love the look on guys' faces when I pull up at a gas station or parking lot, and pull off my helmet, and they gawk and see an older woman with grey hair! Love it! Older guys don't seem to know what to say, except to ask if I have a husband lurking around somewhere :rofl I get a LOT of women of all ages coming up to me to talk about riding alone; they all say "You are SO brave" so fear is obviously the problem. I say, feel the fear, yes, but do it anyway. I ride on gravel roads here in B.C. relatively close to home, so if I damage the bike I can at least usually get home again. Far away, I tend to not ride in gravel or dirt, unless I'm riding with someone.

    Physically it is daunting to ride a big bike so far from home. The Strom is very reliable, and I've had no mechanical problems or tire issues. I do have BCAA and a cell phone...as my bike riding mechanic in Quesnel says "just chuck a credit card at the problem, and it usuallly goes away".... I read a lot of ride reports, from all around the world. Riders get into trouble and it is a daunting task sometimes to figure it all out, but eventually they do get it sorted, and carry on. Few things are fatal....it's just a matter of staying calm and believing that people generally are very kind (especially the biker community) and helpful, and using one's brains to figure out a way through the difficulty.

    I do worry about tipping the bike over, fully loaded. I used to be able to pick up my 1978 GS550E by myself (unloaded), but this bike I have not tried picking it up. I've dropped it 3 times on the road, always in a parking area, but there have been people around to help.With luggage on, it is not down flat. If I was alone, and it was essential to get it picked up, I would unload the whole bike, and then try the lift using the legs as shown in the videos I think. I worry about hurting myself trying to lift it, and then what do I do? A sore back takes weeks to heal, so what do I do? Take a bus home, and come back and get the bike later? So I wait until there is help, and fortunately the three times there has been help close by. Guys seem to like to show how strong they are to lift the bike for me! I am very careful when I come to a stop to make sure the ground is level before getting off.

    It is a shame that people (both men and women) cannot conquer their fears enough to get out there and do it. I get butterflies in my stomach every time before I leave, but after a day or two on the road, my confidence level goes up, and my faith in the bike and in humanity is restored, and on I go. I mostly write these ride reports for other women riders, as an inspiration for them to also get out there and get on with it. Most of the time I'm scared shitless, but I do it anyway. So enough about conquering the fear, and let's get on with the ride report.
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  4. DC Chad

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    You M'lady are an inspiration , i look forward to more :ricky
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  5. eSTes1300

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    Like your bike, attitude, optimism, and sense of adventure. Come on down to the four corners states, you'll love it. Dry and wide open.
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  6. Cariboostrom

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    Day 7, July 9, 2011 saw me heading off from Belgrade, and down Hwy 89 to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park. I rode through the great stone archway at the north entrance.
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    The great stone arch built in 1872. I've been to Yellowstone Park several times, but never to Mammoth Hot Springs, so I spent some time viewing the pools and terraces and unusual formations.
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    I rode higher and higher into the Beartooth Pass:
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    I stopped for coffee and a snack in Red Lodge, and continued on to the Beartooth Pass, elevation 10947 feet. I was excited to be riding this famous road, but it was SO WINDY at the top, it scared the daylights out of me! The wind would come in intermittent gusts, blasting me from the side. I pulled over at one spot to take a picture. I was afraid to let go of the bike, knowing it was parked the wrong way around and might blow over. The wind died down for a couple of seconds, and I raced to the rail to take a picture, and back quickly to grab the bike again.
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    I had arranged to meet my friend Zigy from Boulder in Red Lodge. Riding down the main street I saw him riding along and we set up camp at the KOA.
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    We had originally met on the side of the road in a snowstorm west of Yellowstone a few years back, and so we enjoyed catching up and making dinner.
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    Before going to sleep I lay there thinking to myself "I've got to ride back over the Beartooth AGAIN in the morning!" Zigy did say the wind was not so bad in the mornings.....:huh

    Day 8 July 10, 2011 This was going to be a LONG LONG day in the saddle, but what fun it was.
    Who IS this weird guy I'm riding with?
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    And so we headed up the Beartooth Pass....
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    Zigy was right, the wind was no problem at all in the morning, and I thoroughly enjoyed riding this AWESOME road!
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  7. Cariboostrom

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    We stopped for awhile after the summit, and saw this interesting vehicle
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    I spied a CanAm Spyder (Canadian made) in the parking lot too.....When I'm too old to hold the Strom up, I'm going to get a Spyder, bright red, and roar around town in it!

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    We continued riding down Hwy 296 towards Cody. Riding along we passed a motorcycle with sidecar parked alongside the road....something looked vaguely familar......we turned around and went back....guess who we met relaxing in the grass beside the road under a tree?
    Ara's wonder dog Spirit!
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    I have been following Ara's blog the "Oasis of My Soul" for a couple of years, and here he was in the flesh... I'm so glad we stopped and had a chat.....you do meet the most interesting people on the road!
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    Highway 296 is a pretty awesome road also with some good switchbacks
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    As we continued down and turned on to Hwy 120 to Cody it got hotter and hotter and hotter.... time for a cool restaurant and some lunch at Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel.
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  8. azwheelin

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    Great pictures! Cariboostrom, I have a lot of respect for you to embark on this journey. I wish you all the best of luck and if you find yourself in Phoenix let me know and I'll have a bed, beer and garage waiting. Thanks again for bringing us along on your adventure. :clap
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  9. vstromrcflyer

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    Hi,
    Just saw your post on Facebook, these are GREAT stories and pictures!

    You have a great part of the world to ride!

    Mike
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  10. houndawgg

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    The only thing I was referring about, is the danger every woman faces anywhere. The sicko's who might prey on them.
    I'm not referring to mechanical problems, tip overs, or any other macho/gender reason. I don't ever remember hearing or reading of a man being assaulted or raped, maybe robbed, we're all subject to that.
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  11. Cariboostrom

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    Hi Mike,
    In 2010 I was in Australia and rode a rented BMW 650 around Cairns and to Daintree, Mareeba, etc. Write up in my previous ADVRider report...great area to ride in!
    Danielle
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  12. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    Yes, there are always sicko's out there, but we can't stay indoors safely all the time and let them win can we? That said, I did one time feel uncomfortable camping alone in a small remote provincial park campground. However, as someone said, if a weird-o came by my tent and saw a V-Strom parked outside, would they think there was a woman alone inside? Probably not! Thanks for your concern though houndawgg.
    D.
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  13. houndawgg

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    I often think of a verse from John Denver(I think the song was Poems, Prayers, & Promises), he sang, "I spent a time or two out on my own". I didn't really think about it much till I started backpacking alone and camping in the Catskill Mts. in the mid 70's. It was then I realized his message.
    Most people are herd animals and as your sig states, never live. To overcome one's fear/fears, is what makes life, worth living.
    Have a safe ride, and keep grabbing all the gusto you can.
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    Boy, his left shoe really tells the story doesn't it? Bet the wingers didn't have those types of marks on theirs....


    Great report, thanks for posting.
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  15. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    I'm laughing....you're so right about the wingers. I never noticed his shoe before....it tells the story for sure. He was SUCH an interesting guy with great values! My first road trip out years ago I had a sleeping bag wrapped in a black garbage bag tied on with a bungee cord too!
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  16. scubasmith67

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    Great pics and a great ride! YOU ROCK!
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  17. alekkas

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    Absolutely! Back in 87 I took my first ride across the country. Note the tarp rather than plastic bag, thank you! :D Your report is great!

    BTW, the old white shoes showed the marks. These days I have my 15 year old wine red Doc Martens. Doesn't show quite as much ....

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  18. bigskydrift

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    you truly are an inspiration !

    I just bought a 2012 wee strom, I sure hope that we make even half of the miles you and yours has. I do kind of envy school teachers (summers off) who like to ride though! :clap
    Thanks for the great report and photos!
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  19. cyclone67

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    I always enjoy your ride reports! Excellent as usual. And I'm so jealous you got to meet Ara and Spirit, what luck!!
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    That's pretty darn cool. Stopping to visit with people along the way bring many wonderful surprises.

    I chuckled when I read about the sleeping bag in the black plastic bag. Things have sure changed over the years as far as what's available for packing gear on motorcycles. It's all fun but the days when you used what you could find and made due with black plastic bags has to be fun memories.
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