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Traveling with Tamela Rich

These posts are reflections on destinations, people, and moments that have a lasting place in my heart. I invite your comments.

Tuscany Italy by Motorcycle: San Gimignano

werewolf at the torture museum

I awake on the third day of my tour in a 17th-century country house and it occurs to me that human beings have been conceived, born, lived, and died in this very room for over 400 years. The walls are freshly-painted plaster, their yellow hue the perfect shade for the faint early morning light.

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Appalachian Music Trails: Destinations in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Music stage at Floyd General Store, Floyd, VA

Music is an easy way to celebrate Appalachian culture.

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Italy’s Lazio Region by Motorcycle: Ronciglione and Bolsena

This is Part Two of my series on Italy by motorcycle. Start the series here.

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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?

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Appalachian Mountains and Music Motorcycle Tour with Wayne Henderson

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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