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We are Steph and Shal. Prior to meeting in August 2013, we were each exploring the idea of a major motorcycle adventure but did not yet have a specific plan in motion. We kept running into each other at various moto events and immediately started talking about how such a trip could take form and propel that vision into reality.
In June 2014 we left Seattle on our BMW F650 GSs and traveled 14,000 miles over the following five months. That winter we house and dog sat in Maine. In early May we got back on the bikes and rode four Backcountry Discovery Routes through Arizona, Colorado, Idaho and Washington. Shal went on to ride the New Mexico BDR for the filming expedition. No one – man nor woman has ever ridden that many BDRs in one season! At least not as of this writing. Our entire journey spanned 15 months and took us over 27,000 miles!
We started this blog about halfway through that big adventure. The trip came and went but we are committed to continuing living the spirit of exploration and adventure in our daily back-to-normal life. Here’s a brief excerpt…Our bikes are the sort that can take us off-road, away from the crowds into spectacular scenery. They can also take us comfortably on the freeways when we must. We travel with everything we need – camping and cooking gear, food, tools, clothes and toiletries, all-weather gear, and our laptops. We love this adventure we’re on and are super grateful! 90% of the time we get along great and are on the same page. Sometimes we’re tired of roughing it. Sometimes we’re scared. Sometimes we argue. Often we miss our families and friends. However, the great majority of the time we are happily in our element discovering more of our country, the human spirit, ourselves, and each other.
Now here’s a little about us individually…
Shal (48) grew up exploring the outdoors in Alaska. She backpacked and rode snow-machines, worked as a personal trainer, and began a successful 16-year career at Costco. In 2011 Shal had a horrible accident on her motorcycle and has been rehabilitating her body ever since. This incident left her with the very real knowledge that life is short and can be taken away in a flash – she made some big changes and committed to living her life to its fullest. Read more about Shal’s Story.
Steph (52) grew up in Massachusetts, got married at 21 right out of college, worked a few corporate jobs, coached high school lacrosse, taught at an all-girls middle school, then tried real hard to reclaim her youth at Burning Man four years in a row…and succeeded. Her most joyful focus was raising her two daughters who are now in their 20s. Steph leans into adventure – sometimes too quickly – has traveled to over 35 countries, and finds herself participating in many exciting activities like bungee jumping, paragliding, skydiving, and now adventure motorcycle riding. Perhaps this latest adventure is the culmination of a mid-life crisis. But maybe not. Read more about Steph’s Story.
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With attitudes of gratitude, Steph and Shal