Adventure begins with…

Adventure begins with…

Somewhere half an hour south of Catavina, I bumped through one of the smaller potholes rather than zigging around like a thousand others. Seconds later, Raja’s motor cut out. No problem. I hit the starter to get it running while still coasting. Nada. Again? Nada. Damn. So I signaled to the riders behind me that I was stopping. We don’t ride with intercoms, so the two ahead of me would eventually notice our absence and wait, then circle back. Adventure riding always means watching out for the one behind you as well as moving forward. I coasted to a stop at the top of a...

5 ways to shift fear from inertia to act...

Being an Adventurista teaches me to recognize my fears and lean into them, just like leaning into the rhythmic twists and turns on a canyon road. Everything I learn about my inner landscape through motorcycle touring comes into play every day in relationships, business, creative endeavors, and just riding the highway of Life! 1. Know my Why Knowing why I’ve gotten into this situation – what direction I’m traveling and why I chose this particular route – tells me how much oomf to bring to each twist in the road. For trips and choices that are important to my Divine...

Full of Grace

Sunday morning I loaded my stuff up again and headed north to San Francisco. I’d thought about going over to the beach, but Half Moon Bay (the nearest one) would be jammed with 18,000 extra people watching The Maverick surfing competition. Plus there was a special art installation I’d love to see at my alma mater. I’m proud to say that upon encountering a traffic jam near South San Francisco, I actually did some lane splitting! And I’m proud to say that when my heart rate got too high, I stopped and settled back into a lane. I know the way to Grace Cathedral by...

Tension at the Big Top

Saturday I got the Tiger out of storage near Yosemite and headed over to San Jose to see Cirque du Soleil’s show “Amaluna.” The ride across was just lovely. The day was perfect, with the sun streaming down on the hills that looked like crumpled brown paper bags tossed out in a line. Seems like a long time since I’d headed over Pacheco Pass. The water levels in the reservoir looked dreadfully low as I glanced up from the fast sweepers. I prayed rain. I just had time to check into my motel and change and empty my side cases before heading down the street to the show....

Freedom: The Set Up

“How do you get to live like this?” Sure, part of creating a lifestyle that I love has been setting up business income streams that are flexible and independent. But a big part of it has also been creating the circumstances that allow maximum flow with minimum overhead. It’s kinda like having a favorite hobby and creating a place where you can leave it set up, ready to pick up in an instant. If getting all your tools out takes more than half the available time slice, you’re just not going to get to it. So, given that I love to travel. And I love to ride...

Get In the Flow: Rogue Insights

I’d been dreaming of rafting the Rogue River for a long time, but always the logistics got in the way. Finally it was time to”just do this.” Self-Nurturing or Over-Protection? After a summer of health challenges, I was concerned that rafting (and cold water) would take more of a toll on my available energy than “just sitting” on a motorcycle. I wanted to protect my fragile self. So rather than do the sequential and more difficult Wild and Scenic section, we opted for a base camp and day trips in the recreational section of the Rogue. (Map from...

Ocean of Surrender

“The mass is more complex than that. We want to run some blood work to check for cancer.” Thunk. This is not what I was expecting to hear at all. I was expecting something about 50+ year old bodies no longer functioning the way they used to. Maybe a list of possible procedures. Maybe “let’s watch it and see what it does.” Cancer is a very big two-syllable word. I let myself have the reaction. Watched as my thoughts flew to the last year of my dad’s life, with daily trips to the center. He was 84, and this isn’t even a related issue. But chemo? What a huge...

Yosemite Photo Journal

May 2013 A long weekend to ride! How about Yosemite? Let’s go! Great partly-cloudy day to ride up to Yosemite First view of Half Dome The road ahead The road across the valley First waterfall Another waterfall And on the path back What should I see…? Pleine aire painter. Can I bring him home with me? Yet another waterfall Uncompromising Scales of time Looking across the Merced River No matter how big the rocks, the clouds are bigger. No matter how big the clouds, the sky has capacity. Delicious scallop dinner in Mariposa Saturday Back through Yosemite...

Baggage Left in Maui

Inner transformation doesn’t have to be a big dramatic production filled with tears. Sometimes it’s easy and gentle. It’s always an adventure! The first question of the Awaken Your True Calling retreat was the customary, “What is your intention for this retreat?” I answered honestly, “I don’t know yet, but I’m open to its intention for me.”   Day 3: Driving up to view the sunset from Haleakala, I heard my daddy’s voice from when I was in third grade, “Do what you know is right, no matter what people think.” At that age, I was a Great Protector of...

Here Be Dragons

I love, love, love my California adventure getaway weekends during the winter! While the snow falls yet again in Colorado, I’m in the warm green riot that is California springtime. This day I’d even have the pleasure of riding with my friend and mentor from coaching classes. We planned to catch the last gas station on the way out of town, and pick up a picnic lunch while we’re there. I know the first part of the route, so I took off in the lead. On the fuzzy map in my head, we still have to go through a corner of the city. But according to the roads on the ground,...