a.k.a. The Adventures of a Black Gal Travelling by Motorcycle
Encouraging women to travel by bike!
In 1930, Bessie Stringfield became the first Black woman to ride solo across the United States.
Motorcycle Travel Blogs…
MOTORCYCLES HAVE FASCINATED ME for as long as I can remember. I finally had a chance to be a passenger on a bike when I was 20 years old – the experience was exhilarating and I was hooked! Then and there I made a promise to myself that I would have my own motorcycle one day. Continue reading
First Big Trip: From Toronto to Prince Edward Island!
SOME IS GOOD, BUT MORE IS BETTER! After two years motorcycle riding primarily around Toronto, I wanted more. Luckily, friends of mine – all women over 40 – were planning a nine-day trip from Ottawa to The Inn at Bay Fortune on Prince Edward Island Continue reading
From Toronto to the Tail of the Dragon!
THE TAIL OF THE DRAGON – an 11-mile stretch of Hwy 129, straddling Tennessee and North Carolina. With 318 curves within those 11 miles, the Tail of the Dragon has become a motorcyclist’s mecca. Continue reading
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Long, Group Ride But Were Afraid to Ask!
While blogs are generally more conversational than instructional, this particular blog is intentionally instructional. This blog is about long trip gear, group riding Continue reading
African Adventure I: Zimbabwe & Botswana
I HAD ALWAYS WANTED to visit my ancestral homeland, Africa. My first opportunity came in 2001 when I had the privilege of joining the Canadian Non-Governmental Organization delegation for the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. Continue reading
African Adventure II: Botswana
ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 we finally got our bikes! I’m an early riser, but I waited until a respectable 6:00AM to go out and see my bike (our names were on stickers on our front windshields). When I got out to the bike, three other group members were there! Continue
African Adventure III: Namibia
NAMIBIA WAS FULL of surprises! It was also full of challenges! As I mentioned in my African Adventure II post, every country had its own riding-related challenges. In Botswana, it was the pot holes. In Namibia, it was the state of the gravel roads. Continue reading
African Adventure IV: South Africa
THE FINAL PHASE of our trip began on October 8, 2017, when we rode from Ais-Ais, Namibia to Springbok, South Africa. While I’d travelled in South Africa once before, in 2001, my experience of motorcycle riding through the country was not in any way comparable. Continue reading
Catherine Meade is an avid traveller and motorcycle enthusiast who has combined these two passions since 2015, travelling to Atlantic Canada, the Gaspé Peninsula, the Tail of the Dragon (Tennessee) and through Southern Africa by motorcycle. She and her partner, Kathy, live in Toronto, Canada.
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