Happy New Year, Friends

Welcome to 2017, friends. I hope that your holiday season was fun, that you had some time off of work, ate, drank and enjoyed your loved ones. Add to that the hope that you’ve come in to this new year filled with excitement about all of the possibilities before you.

If you’re an Instagrammer, it’s old news to you but I closed out the end of 2016 with a solo riding trip through the California desert. I spent 8 days in general solitude with a rented Triumph Tiger 800 XCX. The trip was an impulse decision made at my work desk two weeks prior to taking off. I had remaining vacation time that couldn’t roll over so I figured… why not? Why not, indeed.

In the wee hours of the morning of December 27, I left my house for the west coast. With little more than a few “nice to haves” scribbled on a piece of paper, I decided to take on my trip a day at a time.

As with any of my solo trips, so too with this one I burned through feelings of guilt, wonder, empowerment, loneliness and amazement. I’ve come home changed. Better, maybe than when I left. That was my Christmas gift to myself – change, understanding and forgiveness.

With the snow flying now, over the next few weeks I’ll be posting about my trip. Hope you don’t get sick of me 🙂


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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6 Responses

  1. Mike Ross says:

    A famous philosopher once said: “Do you ever think about the things you would do if you weren’t scared? If you weren’t afraid to let people see the light inside of you? If you weren’t afraid of being judged? You should do those things.”

    Damn that’s good!

  2. Mike says:

    It sounds wonderful and something I would love to do. Good for you and can’t wait to read all about it!

  3. Shybiker says:

    We’ve been looking forward to hearing about your trip. Bring it on!

  4. MarkDotNet says:

    I’m really anxious to hear about your trip!

  5. curvyroads says:

    What an awesome gift to yourself! Can’t wait to hear more about it!

  6. MarkH says:

    This may seem belated, but I’ve only discovered your blog recently……you are an inspiration, write really well, and are indeed the real deal. I feel that you really understand and express so well, what we get from riding our bikes, and why we just have to get out there and see what’s around. Thankyou so much for sharing this, and I love your approach to motorcycling too, and how you include it in your life. I have a non-motorcycling partner, and although she worries about me, I’m lucky to be able to say that she accepts my need to own and ride a bike, and doesn’t try to put me off or feel guilty etc.
    Keep up the good work, I’m sure you will have more and more readers as time goes on,
    Best Wishes,

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