Category Archives: Motorcycling

A Frugal Worldwide Ride: Australia

The road ahead spanned more miles than I was ready to count. Very few looked an ADV ride like this in the eye without at least a little bit of anxiety tucked away somewhere, and though I’d already covered half the world on motorcycles, I was no exception. Riding up the west coast of Australia to Darwin, and then across SE Asia (and maybe beyond?) was a daunting enough adventure. But as the wheels of the Boeing 737 plane touched down in Perth—a plane likely made near my home in Seattle—I still didn’t even know what motorcycle I’d be riding. I had over $3,000 bucks burning a hole in my pocket from the sale of my KLR650, a bike I’d just ridden across North America. It wouldn’t take me too far with the higher prices in Australia, but savings and a small income I received from my Seattle rental house would cover the additional costs. Continue reading A Frugal Worldwide Ride: Australia

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Riding Perth to Southeast Asia: Starting off with an event in Perth

Beginning early June, I’ll be adding Perth to Southeast Asia to the motorcycle adventures, picking up where I left off in December, 2015. I’ll have the pleasure of being hosted by Overlander Adventure Equipment on Wednesday, May 31st, for a talk about the journey so far, and to start this next trip off with some friendly faces.
“Join us for an exciting FREE presentation by Elisa “TravelBugBlues” Wirkala – RTW motorbike traveller, climber, adventurer, & Contributing Editor of Women ADV Riders magazine!
Lumped with a mortgage, $30,000 student debt, & heavy dose of the travel bug, Elisa Wirkala made specific lifestyle choices so she could live AND adventure. Keeping an eye on her tight budget, but not minimising enjoyment, Elisa quit her job as a teacher to travel the world – 4 years ago! Starting with regular overseas travel as a student, by age 28 Elisa had visited 30 countries & seen much of the USA. Buying & selling bikes as she goes, Elisa keeps a minimalist approach to her travel & gear. And that student debt? Gone in a year, while her house earns equity & helps fund her travels. Find out how you too can live the travel dream!

In December 2015, Elisa crossed Sydney to Perth on a 250cc bike, having previously ridden Europe & the length of the Americas. Meeting Elisa through Horizons Unlimited, OAE’s Tam was inspired to complete her own cross-country 250cc adventure. 
Time to come and get YOUR inspiration!”
When: Wednesday 31st May
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start (approx. 1.5 hour session)
Where: OverlanderAE, 1/14-22 Farrall Road, Midvale 6056
Hot drinks & biscuits provided
RSVPs not required, but bring your own chair!

New: Women’s ADV Rider Magazine, Now Live!

It’s been a busy month for European rider El Gerai as she gets ready to launch a women’s adventure rider magazine- the first of its kind! Get inspired to explore our world by reading stories of intrepid women from all corners of the globe. Learn about Ola Trzaskowska as she travels Afghanistan on two wheels, or Christina Pefani’s accounts of single-track riding through The Republic of Congo (and a dozen other countries). Join us to discover the ins and outs of financing a motorcycle journey, tips on mechanics, health and well-being, gear reviews, and so much more!

“This magazine, just like women ADV riders all over the world, is in constant metamorphosis. The way we ride, travel, and tell stories changes every day, but with every day, we grow. We get better, stronger, and more daring. We go further; we push our limits, test our resilience, and get bolder. Now, as we release the first Women ADV Riders magazine, we say it’s time to get louder, too!”

http://womenadvriders.com

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*Photos from http://womenadvriders.com

Pacific Ocean to Indian Ocean: Forest Rooftop, Fiery Ride and the Last Days of Oz

 

IMG_6862The days in Oz wind down, but the adventure never ceases.

I navigate my way through a blaze of hot crackling flames and choking grey clouds, burning eyes, nose and throat through the thin gauze of my scarf tucked up into the opening of my helmet. The sun vanishes in the thick suffocating plume, and I told my breath and steer by the yellow lines Continue reading Pacific Ocean to Indian Ocean: Forest Rooftop, Fiery Ride and the Last Days of Oz