A True ADVenturer


Guatemala Bound! Photo credit: Ritche Perez

This past Saturday I bid so long to Tammy, a member of the Newfoundland motorcycling community as she left on her loaded-down KLR 650 (with a newly rebuilt motor!) for a solo ride to California, en route to the next chapter of her life in Guatemala.

As part of her journey, Tammy is raising money for Riders For Health, an organization that makes transportation available for healthcare workers in Rural Africa. If you would like to donate, please visit Tammy’s page.

I have to admit, I did feel a little envious as I watched her disappear into the horizon. There is a tiny part of me that wishes I had a more carefree, adventurous nature. It takes all kinds to make a world, they say. And my kind is logical, analytical, and really quite boring. My mantra is work hard, live frugally, invest wisely, and save for a rainy day. If I set off on a trip of this magnitude I would be a basket case before I got to the ferry, my brain awash in a torrent of “what-if’s”.

To Tammy, this trip of 12,000+km (7600+ miles) just means that everyday she gets up and goes for a ride. I don’t know if she’s worried at all about what she will face on her journey. If she feels any trepidation she certainly doesn’t show it. She is a very experienced and skilled motorcyclist, both on and off road, and capable of doing her own repairs as well. Tammy is a true inspiration for not only female motorcyclists, but for all riders that seek adventure. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet her before she left Newfoundland.


Leaving the photo shoot on the Witless Bay Line, to catch the ferry in Argentia.

God speed, Tammy.



Posted on September 9, 2014, in Behind the Visor and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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