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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.

Feeding That Hungry Media Machine

When I pulled into the Caribou Coffee back home, two TV station trucks, The Charlotte Observer and South Charlotte Weekly magazine were there to greet me. Larry Sprinkle makes 6:45am worth the effort Here’s my interview with the NBC affiliate the next morning (6:45am). WBT’s Keith Larson commits And here’s …

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$50 Odometer POOL!

OK, here’s your chance to do well by doing good. BY NOON ON MONDAY 8/9, guess my odometer reading when I hit Caribou Coffee on Sunday, 8/8 and you’ll be rewarded with a $50 gift certificate to spend right there (or at any Caribou location for that matter).  Each guess …

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Night Flight to Beautiful Bend and Beyond

After leaving the Idaho Biker Bunnies I went to Big Twin BMW in Boise to get an oil change. While there I met up with four other cyclists going to the BMW Owners Group Rally in Redmond (15 miles from Bend). We rode like the wind through the beautiful rolling …

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Tweetup in Denver, Sat. Jul 31st Caribou Coffee

Who doesn’t like a good pitstop? My road trip sponsors include Caribou Coffee and the Social Media Club of Charlotte so I figured a Tweetup at Caribou Coffee in Denver made sense.  Coffee’s on me! If you are in Denver, or have friends who are, please c’mon over as we …

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Reflections on Conga III and Pink Bike Bras

Sure, we all had fun riding from our homes across North America to Cheyenne, WY, but there’s something about doing it in service to a higher cause that brings people together. Here I am in Lava Hot Springs, ID with Shirly, Carrie, Joann and Pam talking about Conga III and …

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Meet the Conga Queen!

Flo Fuhr in 2012, Shell, WY

When I first floated the idea of going cross country on a motorcycle I didn’t even have a motorcycle license. My family was, rightfully, concerned about my safety. Enter Flo Fuhr, whom I’d never met, but whose trailblazing trip from Florida to Campbell Island in British Columbia gave everyone who …

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Crossing the Mississippi, Entering the Plains

The Conga III magic continues from WI through MN and SD.  I’m proud to be a Conga III rider, a Facebook-facilitated motorcycle fundraiser benefiting breast cancer. The beauty of the Conga is how it encourages people who’ve never met to band together to raise money and accompany riders bound for the …

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Recap Wonderful Wisconsin

The closest I’ve ever come to Wisconsin is Laverne & Shirley. Thanks to the wonders of Facebook, Bethany Wise of Kenosha took a shine to my trip and invited me up to see the sights. She met me on her motorcycle at the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, IL and …

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Recap from Chicago

I was surprised how easily I got from Valparaiso, IN to the BMW dealership in Chicago, where they did the bike’s first service and installed a windshield. The weather is marvelous and I’m enjoying the time with traders, especially Brian Cavanaugh and Eric Schoefernacker, who both had seats at CME …

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Day 3: Cincinnati to Valpo

Monday, June 28 I rode by myself from Cincinnati OH to Valparaiso IN. A massive wind farm just after passing Purdue University shocked me by its very existence. A quick internet search told me it was the Meadow Lake Wind Farm with 121 turbines.  Glad someone is doing something green …

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