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Appalachian Roots Music: What’s with the Banjo?

We will visit the Blue Ridge Music Center and learn the history of bluegrass music on the Appalachian Mountains and Music Motorcycle Tour

I never learned to like bluegrass music as a child of the 1970’s. After all, we had the Rolling Stones, The Who, and Fleetwood Mac on the AM/FM dial so who needed that old timey stuff? (How ironic,the words “AM/FM dial” when talking about old timey stuff). And why were banjos …

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Appalachian Mountains and Music Motorcycle Tour: Save $150

In addition to the best motorcycle roads in Appalachia, my guests will enjoy two bluegrass concerts

There are lots of motorcycle “bucket list rides” in Appalachia, especially the Blue Ridge province. As a matter of fact Motorcycle Roads website ranks 30 of the top 100 motorcycling roads in America in the region. Many of these top roads are in the Blue Ridge province where my Appalachian Mountains & Music Motorcycle Tour (AMMMT) is …

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Driving a Motorcycle in Rome: My Surprising Experience

Huge motorcycle parking lot Siena

I’ve been chasing an Italian man riding a BMW GS Wasserboxer  motorcycle for the last six days through Lazio, Tuscany, and Umbria. Tomorrow we’ll be back to Rome, where the entire adventure began. My husband fully approves. We have an understanding. Rome traffic and the social contract On the first day …

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Tribute to My Hillbilly Grandparents: Appalachia Proud

Trapping was a winter way of life for boys I grew up with

I’ve been traveling the Appalachian Mountains all of my life, first in the family station wagon, then on my motorcycle. It’s gorgeous country, and the people who call it home are often misunderstood. I know this because they are my people. Growing up in central Ohio our county was bordered …

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Italy by Motorcycle: 3 Rooms Available

Tour Italy with Tamela by motorcycle

LAST CALL for ITALY by MOTORCYCLE! I’m headed to Italy September 22-30 2016 and three rooms are still available. We’ll tour Rome, Siena and Orvieto. Live Q&A session on Facebook If you’ve been thinking about joining me in Italy, have some questions about it, or have someone you’d like to …

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West Virginia’s Miss Vickie: Let Go, Let God

Miss Vickie's famous Dodge 1950 Ram

My travels have blessed me with countless—countless—chance encounters. From a fry cook walking across America before he goes blind, to a homeless Vietnam veteran, and the people who shared their journeys with cancer with me, I have been blessed, and my character molded by each one of them. Perhaps none so much as Miss …

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Touring Italy by Motorcycle: Answers to your FAQ

What fun we'll have on the Magical Italy tour!

Updated August 25, 2016: Earlier this year I announced my intention to tour Italy by motorcycle  this September and right now 6 seats are left  2 rooms left! My passport is current and I’ve already chosen my bike. Since talking to interested women motorcyclists about the tour, I’ve noticed that many of …

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Italy by Motorcycle: Travel with Tamela

Ah, Italy. The history, roads, food, and culture call to me. I’ve always thought that discovering it on a nimble motorcycle would put the experience right over the top. Then again, how does a solo female motorcyclist go to Italy without taking more risk than her husband is comfortable with? By taking …

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Leaf Peeping and Waterfalls along the Blue Ridge Parkway

This year’s wet weather may have postponed your annual trip to the North Carolina Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway to take in the fall foliage. Good news, you haven’t missed a thing. The dazzling colors will continue to descend from high elevations to low through the beginning of November. When to …

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Why Visit a West Virginia Coal Mine?

The Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley, WV is worth a stop

We all do it. We drive the same stretch of road time and again, never stopping to see what those “little brown signs” are enticing us to visit along the way. With family in Ohio, I’ve traveled from Charlotte on I-77 through West Virginia at least 50 times. I was always …

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