Carle Brenneman and I rode our motorcycles from Vancouver to Tofino, up island to Comox, across to Powell River and back to the city along the Sunshine Coast. It was perfect weather, perfect riding and a perfect trip. Here's some photos I took on my Cannon AE-1 film camera.
The Vancouver meet-up on International Female Ride Day went off without a hitch. 100 women showed up to the Trev Deeley Harley Davidson on Saturday morning to celebrate and ride for the yearly event.
We hung out, drank coffee, and won some prizes before taking off on a group ride to Deep Cove. Over 100 motorcycles took over the Dollarton Highway and then the cul-de-sec right down on the ocean side in Deep Cove. The turnout was so amazing and the sun was out and warm.
The first time I hosted the Vancouver meet-up of IFRD, 4 ladies showed up and each year since, the attendance has doubled.
It makes me so stoked to ride next to these local ladies every year on this day. HOG is covering the story for their magazine (keep an eye out!) and CBC did a write up on their website. See it HERE.
Here's some film photos taken by Wendy Dyk @wendall
Thanks to this years sponsors and affiliated brands: Trev Deeley Motorcycles, Brixton, Converse, Breaking Hearts & Burning Rubber, Stance Socks, Timebomb Trading, Tiger Distribution, Bikers for Autism, The Dream Roll, Rising Sun Motorcycles and International Motorsports
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Super stoked to be doing some influencer stuff with Breaking Hearts & Burning Rubber. I get asked to do posts about all sorts of brands but I usually say hell no unless it's something I actually wear and like.
BH & BR is one of my favourite women-ran brands. Leslie, the founder, had only met me one time ever before and offered for me to stay on her couch for 3 days when I was in a jam on my first-ever trip to New York. While I was there, she invited me to her studio which was right beside Times Square. I was so impressed with her set up and her factory which she shares with the brand Modern Vice. She has so many tools, machines and leather stock, it's insane. At the time she was talking about launching her brand into more than just boots and now she's got it all, leather jackets, riding boots, gloves, clothing and more. This month she's offering a sale on her website for her new and best selling items. You can check it out HERE.
I also got a pair of boots from them that I am giving away at the International Female Ride Day I'm hosting on May 5th at Trev Deeley in Vancouver BC, so there's another reason not to miss that (See event details in previous post HERE)
Here's some shots of my new jacket!! I haven't taken it off since I got it...
Photos by Blaine Connolly @eazykarl
Anthony Gots is an old friend of mine from my Whistler days. I've had him on Facebook for ever and recently noticed he was on an epic motorcycle trip from Whistler to South America. The best part was the little 1980's Honda he was on. Since October, I've followed his trip via social media and now that he's home, I got him to send me a story to share on the Road Apples blog. Here's what he sent!
My Trip to the End of the World
October 1st 2017. The day I left Whistler and set out on the most epic ride of my life! Trying to beat the cold, I packed up my bike and set off south to go through the America’s, with Ushuaia, Argentina as the end goal in mind. The southernmost city in South America, and the world... the end of the road!
On the trip I took my trusty steed, an all original 1985 Honda XL 350, Rhonda the Honda. A single cylinder air cooled beast that would go until the end of time. While my friend Simon, was on a 2007 Suzuki V-strom 650. The main reason I decided to take the Honda was that it’s simple. It’s easy to work on, There was no shortage of Honda garages or parts the entire way down, I felt comfortable riding it and well, it was the only bike I had haha. But the best bike to take is the one you already have!
This journey took us through all types of terrain; massive desserts through Mexico, Northern Peru and the Famous Atacama desert in Chile - The driest dessert in the world! Where in some regions it has not rained for almost 500 years, and is actually the closest resemblance to mars on earth. We even saw a team from NASA!
The Very high altitudes and massive mountain ranges through the Andes; Colombia, Ecuador, the sketchy ass roads of Peru (Where I am convinced have some of the most wreckless drivers on earth) and the insanely high 4000+ meter altitudes of Bolivia, along with the highest Salt Flat in the world “Salar De Uyuni.” Which during the wet season creates what looks like biggest mirror on earth! (A definite must see in Bolivia.)
The beautiful and very HOT jungles and beaches of Central America; Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. With the infamous and nearly impassable Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia, which definitely put a few interesting hiccups in our trip. This was the only section we could not ride through, so we needed to ship our bikes from Panama to Colombia. Message Borris from Ever Logistics if you’re ever going this way, he pretty much has the shipping market on lock.
And of course, the beautiful region of Patagonia! Where you are constantly meandering between Chile and Argentina. A land filled with huge mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers, weather with a Mind of its own and of course, more wind then anybody would ever want to experience in their entire life. The only place where riding on a straight highway sitting at a solid 45 plus degree angle getting blown all over the road, is the everyday normality here. Despite the beauty, Weather conditions proved to make this region the hardest riding of the entire trip for me.
It was all absolutely incredible. I saw the most amazing places and met the most incredible people the entire way down, but touching down in the city of Ushuaia, Argentina will be a feeling that I will never forget! After riding south for 6 months, through so many amazing countries... to finally reach the southernmost point! The turnaround point, Was a sense of accomplishment like no other!
After a few days of extreme celebratory binge drinking with other over landers celebrating their travels through Latin America to Ushuaia, And an epic ride out the official end of the world with about 15 other legends, we said our goodbyes and pointed north for the first time in months, and took our last ride to a town called Punta Arenas in Chile. This is the town where I passed on my bike, luckily, to an absolute star who will continue the legacy on his way back up to Colombia! Wishing him the best of luck!
Overall, it took me and my friend Simon 6 months to trudge our way through the US, Mexico, Central America and the Pacific coast of South America. 14 countries, over 25,000 km and the craziest trip of my entire life.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have my doubts, as did others. It was all nerve racking, being thrown into different cultures and a different way of life. A 33 year old bike that was a little small, out of the norm and pretty minimalistic for the trip. The fear of breaking down in a foreign country in the middle of nowhere. Then there is all the horror stories the media portrays and people try to tell you about these countries. Obviously, you have to be safe, and smart. But during our journey through the America’s, we were lucky enough to experience nothing but very giving, curious and super genuine people who wanted to lend a helping hand any way they could, and who really just wanted to know our story and what the hell we were doing. Overall, it was the interactions I had with others on this trip and the people I met that really made it what it was.
I could ramble on and on about each country we’ve went through for days on end, so writing a brief summary of the trip has proven quite difficult! But if there’s anybody out there who has had the idea of heading down through Latin America, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a similar trip to anyone! Great riding, great people, and an amazing experience. There are so many helpful resources and tools to help you along the way on your journey down. Good luck to anyone tackling the adventure! Have fun and Thanks for reading!
The Spring issue of HOG Magazine is out now. Here's some film from the trip I did for the issue. You can pick up the print issue for free at any Harley Davidson dealership in North America.
It was WAY cool to have professional snowboarders Hana Beaman, Sarka Pancochova and Cheryl Maas come out to the Dream Roll last summer. These babes just finished competing in the Slopestyle and Big Air events in the Winter Olympics and are also badass motorcyclists and skateboarders. They made a documentary about their trip with Harley Davidson and Red bull and it just launched! Check it out below.
The first Saturday in May is International Female Ride Day. This will be the 5th year that I host Vancouvers' meet-up - and I think it's going to be the best one yet.
Each year the attendance doubles and it's easily the biggest meet up of women on bikes in the country. This year, we are meeting at the Trev Deeley Harley Davidson at 11am on May 5th. I've got a bunch of stuff from sponsors to give away, thanks to Converse, Stance, Harley Davidson, and Brixton. I'll also raffle off a Dream Roll ticket, so even if you're not able to go on the ride or don't have a bike yet, show up and meet some other ladies who ride, grab a free coffee, win a prize and say hey! Everyone is welcome but ladies only on the ride which will depart at 12:30pm and will head to Deep Cove. We will park our bikes and hangout for a bit and afterwards, everyone is free to do what they'd like!
IFRD celebrates women who ride, inspires women to get up and go and encourages women to meet other women who do what they do. Every type of bike and women is welcome!
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Spent last weekend in Milwaukee for the Mama Tried Show. It was my first time ever to the Midwest and it did not disappoint. I got sent to the show through Revolution Motorcycle Magazine, Canadas largest custom motorcycle mag. I covered the show and my trip for them and just wrapped up the story, so check it out in the next issue. Here's some sneak peek photos from the show:
I also got to go to the Harley Davidson Museum while I was in Milwaukee. If you ever get the chance to go to Milwaukee during the Mama Tried weekend, you won't be let down. There is so much to do there in a 3 day trip, especially if you're a motorcycle fanatic. Here's a shot of the Captain America bike from Easy Rider... No it's not the original, but a perfect replica. They have no clue where the original is (apparently..) I'll put up more shots after the story is released!