Category Archives: Travel Tips

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

Alcan to Ocean Icecap Expedition: Gear selection for a glacial ski-traverse

 

Notice the name change? We’ve reversed directions! We’re now officially traveling from the Kluane National Park in the Yukon (starting point: Alcan hwy), up the Kaskawulsh glacier and across the Hubbard, Seward and Columbus glacier into Alaska. We’ll continue on the Bagley Icefield, and then hang a left and try and make it as far Continue reading Alcan to Ocean Icecap Expedition: Gear selection for a glacial ski-traverse

Ocean to Alcan Expedition: Expert Tips on Cold Weather Travel, PLUS! Learn to Ski Like a 3 Year Old

There comes a point in ski-traverse expedition planning where one actually has to learn to ski. That time has now come. Friends, be honest. Can I really learn to ski well enough in just a couple of months to then cross 250 to 350 miles of barren glacial wonderland?

Won’t know until I try. But for now, let’s see how I do on the Daisy run.

In this episode, I also share some expert tips on cold weather travel. Now, how does one pee in their sleeping bag?!

 

Alcan to Ocean Icecap Expedition: Physical training begins

The training begins! With only 3.5 months to go, it’s now or never. Hundreds of details to sort, gear to buy as thriftily and frugally as I can (more on that at a later time!), and some intensive training if I’m to be prepared for this expedition come May, 2016.

100 days to take-off…