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!
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Alcan to Ocean Icecap Expedition: For better or for worse

This week marks one year since the start of the icecap expedition that took two friends and me on a journey across the biggest non-polar ice cap in the world. And it’s been too many months since my last installment of the story. Now, as I start a new motorcycle journey from Australia to Southeast Asia, I’m disappointed I didn’t finish it sooner. But a part of me was scared to, scared to hurt someone I’d once considered a good friend, and nervous to rehash some of those feelings, despite this journey having been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. But I’ve spent the last five weeks trekking around New Zealand’s South Island, marveling at the views that so often reminded me of those first few days making our way to the toe of the glacier, snow-capped mountains looming in the distance and icefalls peeking out, and I realized this was a story I had to complete before the emotions and memories were changed with the passing of time.

For better or for worse 

The sounds of nearby avalanches rolled through the icefield well into the evening. Alone on the Kaskawulsh glacier, the tent felt palatial, the solitude divine. I’d bird bathed the sweat away, standing on my mat in the snow, the sun’s hot rays beating down on my naked skin- the first time I’d had any privacy in a week- as I used handfuls of snow to scrub my body clean. Continue reading Alcan to Ocean Icecap Expedition: For better or for worse

Presentation on Sunday, February 12th in Seattle

It’s been quite some time since my last post, and much has happened. Getting the chance to ride across the United States and Canada on a KLR, and to be a part of Women ADV Riders magazine were both wonderful. Being given the opportunity to teach at an all girl’s high school right after was an incredible way to wrap up the last year, is something that will fill me with happiness for a long time.

As I prepare to leave Seattle for the next leg of the journey (Oceania-Asia-Europe), I’ll be giving one more presentation in Seattle. Please join!

Please join us at Touratech on Sunday, February 12th for SheADV’s Brunch Series!

10AM-12Pm

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Touratech-USA

4021 Airport Way South

Seattle, WA 98108

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