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Tamela has extensively traveled the U.S. and Canada, delivering her message to Pack Light | Travel Slow | Connect Deep. Her keynotes and workshops include life lessons she has learned through chance encounters on the road.

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In 1803, President Jefferson commissioned Lewis and Clark to find the Northwest Passage – the link between the Missouri River and the Columbia River through the unexplored Rocky Mountains. From west to east, the Northwest Passage runs on Highway 12 through Idaho’s stove pipe into Montana, which parallels the Lewis & Clark …

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The Power of Tribe

Battle Rock

Yesterday I told a story of bravado. I thought I could take my fully-loaded motorcycle a gravel road down to the beach at Port Orford, Oregon for the glory of a bragging rights photo of my front tire in the Pacific Ocean. You’ll remember that I mentioned a cool outcropping of volcanic …

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Cocksure in Port Orford

Port Orford's Battle Rock

No matter what your field of endeavor, there’s always someone to look up to. I lurk on an online forum of adventure motorcycle riders called Adventure Rider (ADV Rider). By “lurking” I mean I mostly just drool over what the big league riders do on two wheels. Seriously, before you …

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Redwoods and Resiliency

I think it must have been in elementary school, while reading an article in Highlights Magazine, that I decided I wanted to drive through a redwood tree some day. I guess it was fitting that I would be introduced to the redwoods some forty years later by a teacher — …

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Nowhere to Sleep in Oil Country

Here's a story where fellow campers came to my rescue

The most frequent question I’m asked about my travels is, “Aren’t you afraid to travel by yourself?” I addressed this in part yesterday when I talked about the kindness of two strangers after I lost my credit cards in Montana, but lest you think that was an extraordinary circumstance, here’s …

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Glacier, Montana and the Kindness of Strangers

My favorite national park so far is Glacier, in Montana, which I visited in 2011. I camped at the KOA in Saint Mary, but splurged on lunch at the Izaac Walton Inn & Resort. I’d love to travel with my non-motorcycling family via Amtrak there — the resort is right on the train line. …

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Carlin, Camping and Stuff

Garage full of junk

George Carlin had it right when he riffed on our relationships with our stuff. George: “A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it…” Me: “A house is a place where you store your stuff while you go off to work so you can buy more stuff.” …

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Slipping, Sliding and Sticking

Last week I talked about riding to Jackson Hole through the Tetons National Forest. After the tarmac abruptly ended, I traveled on ten miles of the slick substrate. Here are two lessons I learned about riding a motorcycle in slop that also apply to life First, stay above it all. …

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San Francisco Motorcycle Club & Stereotypes

I visited the San Francisco Motorcycle Club (SFMC) when passing through the city on one of my cross-country fundraisers for breast cancer. The moment you read “motorcycle club” your gut probably had a reaction. We’ll circle back to that in a minute. Members invited me and my fellow Conga riders …

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Speeding to Cheyenne

I’ve already illustrated my tendency to linger (here’s a story about being in the Teton National Forest long after dark) but whether on or off the road, I’m still working on my time management skills. It may be a lifelong project. Driving fatigued After a morning visiting Devil’s Tower during my first solo trip …

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