"Nicomama, where in the world have you been for the past year?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Well, my dear friends, hugely life-changing events can have that effect on you. They can suck you up. Chew on you for a bit. Sometimes spit you out, or sometimes savor you. Life has done all that to me since you've pulled me onto your screens by way of last October's Oregon ride report...and, I've cherished every moment. First up, you'll notice that there's no "solo" in this title. Imagine that. It would take someone pretty damn special to kick that fun and independently meaningful title to the curb. As you've all surmised, exploring the world solo was how I was launching myself into realizing some of the biggest dreams of my life. Yet, there was one huge dream that seemed further from my vision...until Paul Smith came into my life. Then it became crystal clear that "taking on the world" was a dream within reach...and, this time I wouldn't have to leave the kids at home. Yes, you are seeing it here folks. It's time for Nicomama to set a new world record: to be the first family around the world on motorcycles in 2012... You are witnessing me in the midst of making the biggest dream of my life happen. And, I'm going to take you loyal readers along for the ride of a lifetime. Here on my latest Rugged Rider blog entry you can enjoy a few backstory tidbits on the beautiful way Paul slipped into my life to help plant the seed for this dream. It was actually this last summer when I received a call from Mike Dimond, one of my wonderful Rugged Rider customers, that helped encourage me to join the ranks of the round-the-worlders. "Say, Nicole, my wife Sandy and I are going to be hosting this year's US west coast Horizons Unlimited Traveler's Meeting here in Cambria, California. I would love for you to consider being one of our presenters." I was flabbergasted, and of course honored to be asked to join a line-up of heavy-hitting adventure riders such as: Ted Simon ... Carla King ... Dr. Greg Frazier ... and Peter and Kay Forwood... "Mike, I wouldn't miss this for the world!!" My first Horizons Unlimited Travelers' Meeting. Wow! Now, to explain the significance of being part of the adventure wave of inspiration I must first give you the history of Horizons Unlimited. Grant and Susan Johnson are an adventuresome couple who have taken their world-riding experience, organizational skills, inspirational story-telling and years of moto-traveling research and have given us a gift, the number one world travel adventure riding website to date...Horizons Unlimited. When a first date starts like this: Grant, "What do you want to do with your life?" Susan, "Travel." Grant, "I want to go around the world on a motorcycle." Susan, "Why not." ...then you know you have the makings of a dynamic adventure-loving team. Combine those lust-for-life personalities with a 14 year and 39 countries round-the-world motorcycle adventure and you have travel wisdom that packs a punch! You can read how Grant got this new 1986 BMW R80G/S and prepped it for his round-the-world trip here. It proved to be quite road worthy... The Horizons Unlimited website has gotten so popular amongst people planning their adventures and sharing their adventures that Grant and Susan have taken their gift a step further. They have personalized the inspiration by providing travelers' meetings hosted by various Horizons Unlimited supporters all over the world. At these meetings, you will find all of the presentations of world-class story telling, hands-on training, and support you will need to get going on your next adventure. The Horizons Unlimited (HU) UK 2011 Traveler's Meeting proved to be the biggest motorcycle traveler's meeting with close to 700 attendees. Now, that's a tent city and a half folks... Now, combine this year's HU California venue at Ocean Pines Camp in Cambria, California, along the coast... ...with the jaw-dropping beauty of Yosemite... And, you have the makings of one fun six day adventure ride, Baby!!! Kick back, relax, and pour yourself a cup of Joe. I'd love for you to come along on my next adventure ride.