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Umbria Italy by Motorcycle: Orvieto’s Etruscans

Boar's head at Norcineria Dai Fratelli

The Umbria town of Orvieto sits atop a plateau of tufa rock—consolidated volcanic ash that we would call “tuff” in English. The rock was thrown from the large crater that is now Lake Bolsena, which we visited four days ago. Our home base for the next two days is Altarocca Wine Resort. …

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Italy by Motorcycle: Negotiating with a Greve in Chianti Shopkeeper

The "gallo nero" (black cockerel) is everywhere in the Chianti region. This one is in the Piazza Matteotti.

After leaving San Gimignano we head to Greve in Chianti, the birthplace of Giovanni da Verrazzano. He is famous for being the first  European to explore the Atlantic coast of North America between Florida and Newfoundland, and for discovering the New York Bay in 1524. This discovery is why the bridge …

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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 …

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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. 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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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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Celebrating Six Years on a Motorcycle

Tamela on her BMW motorcycle on a windy road

Six years ago this month I decided to learn to ride a motorcycle. Since then I’ve traveled 47 states and 5 provinces on my trusty BMW G 650 GS—often solo. They’ve been six of the best years of my life. Here, I share my journey to two wheels and give some advice …

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3 Reasons Why Autumn is the Perfect Time to Learn to Ride a Motorcycle

Here I tell Good Day Charlotte why autumn is a great time to learn to ride a motorcycle

If you’ve been thinking “I need to learn how to ride a motorcycle,” autumn is the perfect season to do so. Why? Reason #1: Perfect Weather As I told Good Day Charlotte, the weather is perfect now (at least in the temperate zones like Charlotte, North Carolina). You’ll be able to …

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Explore Pocahontas County, West Virginia by Motorcycle

"Over Bonnie" mural in Marlinton, WV

There’s nothing like early spring in the Appalachian Mountains! Frosty mornings, sunny afternoons, and gorgeous sunsets that you can watch through trees whose branches aren’t yet covered in leaves all remind you that it’s great to be alive. Here’s a ride report from my trip through Pocahontas County, West Virginia …

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7 Tips for Eating Healthy Meals on Vacation

Grilled vegetables—easy to prepare at a park or buy at a grocery store or farmers market

I recently hosted an “Ask Me Anything” tele-seminar about planning a road trip. One of the most-requested topics was eating healthy meals on the road. Eating in restaurants, amusement parks, and on-the-go from gas stations can easily derail healthy eating habits. The good news is that you have more choices now than …

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