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liltravelerforever 01-10-2013 12:07 PM

Thriving for Adventure, Riding for a dream
The west is an icon to cowboys and Native Americans. To me it's a symbol of peace. It seems so much more quiet there. The air seems so much more clean and crisp. The people are so much nicer and friendly. My mom, dad, and I made our way to the great west on june something 2012. It was a blissful morning. We stopped a good 250 miles in the trip for some McDonald's and headed back out into the great wide open. The plains were hard to get across but yet again worth it. I swear though my neck was stick to the side because of the wind pushing it. Our first over night stop was in Kansas. We stayed in a hotel and surprisingly there wasn't anyone there to steal our bikes. For a while I never really understood what was so great about motorcycling. I used to see it as sitting on the back of a bike doing nothing while your ass gets super sore and I never found that to be fun. That was until I realized what we were riding for - or at least what I was riding for- . We -I- ride for adventure for peace and for the ones who never got the chance to. 3 years ago our family had a tragic downfall. We lost the light of our lives. At age 15 Bryce was gone. He was sent to heaven to watch over us as an angel. He would always look at my dad's bike and say how one day he too will ride, but just as fast as his life had gone his dream had gone too. At least thats what I had thought. You see after Bryce's death my view on motorcycle's had changed completely. I suddenly realized that his dream was lost. The thought wracked my brain for days. I knew what I had to do. I needed to ride. I needed to travel with my parents and do exactly what Bryce never got to do. So I at age 15 (i am 16 now) rode halfway across the country.

GB 01-10-2013 02:41 PM

A bittersweet story you have here... if you have a few pics to share, please post them.

KHVol 01-13-2013 08:21 AM

Hope you will update us...

sarelp 01-13-2013 08:48 AM


jimbowie 01-13-2013 05:51 PM

Sorry for your loss. Keep us posted about what you decide to to. Best wishes to whatever that may be.

0theories 01-13-2013 06:13 PM

Are you guys riding the hawk? I've always wanted one of those. Single-sided swingarms kick a** (uh, butt). :shog

Rutabaga 01-14-2013 04:16 AM


Originally Posted by liltravelerforever (Post 20447456)
I knew what I had to do. I needed to ride. I needed to travel with my parents and do exactly what Bryce never got to do. So I at age 15 (i am 16 now) rode halfway across the country.

Traveling halfway across the country is a huge journey at any age. Carrying your brother's dreams while exploring your own soul is epic.
Bryce, you have one helluva sister.

liltravelerforever 01-22-2013 11:19 AM


Originally Posted by 0theories (Post 20476071)
Are you guys riding the hawk? I've always wanted one of those. Single-sided swingarms kick a** (uh, butt). :shog

no we are taking the BMW's my babes is still in need of work lol

California 01-26-2013 03:15 PM


more? please? pictures?

Subscribed and waiting.............

liltravelerforever 01-29-2013 09:23 AM

part one(:(:
So being from Wisconsin the only way to get out west is to cross the terribly boring but yet surprisingly gorgeous plains. I would post pictures from that but I honestly didnt really take to many... So I guess y'all are wondering what I exactly did out riding the plains.... Well I stopped at this wonderful burger joint with my wonderful mother and father to enjoy some wonderful burgers and shakes! This oh so wonderful place is called Steak n Shake!! We dont have any in Wisconsin so once the oppurtunity came to eat at one we were for sure ready to jump at it!! The plains all though it seemed long were certainly short lived and I definitely saw how difficult motorcycling really was but not once did I complain. You can even ask my parents!!! :D So for the sake of your boredom I am going to end part one unless you guys would like to hear more? but let me tell you the real fun begins in part two(: the almost end(: :clap

liltravelerforever 01-31-2013 01:13 PM

Not a legit post
okay so i have been trying to put some pictures up from my motorcycle trip but it says i need a link? so if anyone would care to help this non tech savvy girl please do so.

mountaincadre 01-31-2013 01:32 PM

Lang may yer lum reek wee yin.

Rutabaga 01-31-2013 02:39 PM

Try this and see if it helps. If not pm me and I will try to help.

This is how I got my pictures posted.
On your photobucket main page by your name is a small menu arrow. Click it and go to account settings. On the menu selections across the page select album settings. Check that you want the IMG code to appear. Go back to your album pics and for every pic you want to select you will have to copy and paste that code to the work area of your posts. Using that method I did not have to use the "post an image" icon (the mountain in the little yellow box) to get results. Another tip I received was to compose your write up either in another document( I use my gmail compose option) because this allows you to save it and work it over a period of time without the problem of either closing the window inadvertently or getting fat fingered and losing it. Once finished I just copy and paste the finished product to this work space to preview it or go to the stickys above and post it temporarily with the option of nuking it.
Clear as mud?

liltravelerforever 02-05-2013 12:51 PM

part one of part 2(:
So with the help of a wonderful ADV rider inmate I am now able to post my pictures on here of course some kind of story must come along with them! So now I present to you Part one of Part two of my first legit motorcycle trip! :clap

So after riding across the treacherous plains which I'll admit at some moments were really gorgeous minus the whipping wind and anti abortion signs I made my entrance into New Mexico. I have to admit that I was pretty surprised. I wasn't really expecting the vast amounts of tree's and grass in the mountains of New Mexico. It was pretty though let me tell yah. I think one of the more humorous parts of New Mexico was when we met up with a group of older people on some pretty righteous bikes. They were hilarious and shocked that we decided to ride all the way out there from Wisconsin. I remember thinking you have no idea. We shared some laughs and chatted about our lives like all adults do and headed onward towards Santa Fe. I took in my sights and practiced my photography skills. This particular photo is kinda like a family portrait the only person missing is my brother. I'm in the mirror, you can see the side of my dad's helmet, and my mom is on the killer bee in front of us.

This was the first day of our New Mexico exploration. We entered Paco's and learned some pretty interesting facts and saw some pretty adorable geckos. So after exploring the deserted Paco city we headed up into the mountains. Now this is where I really started to get picture crazy.

This one above is one of my favorites from New Mexico. I may sound arrogant but I give myself a lot of credit for my photography its hard taking good pictures at speeds over 70!

So now veering slightly off topic I'd like to share with you the most AMAZING burger joint in New Mexico. The Bobcat Bite. I swear to good lord that they have the biggest burgers and the best burgers in the state!! Man even just thinking about them is making my mouth just water!! Also some good food in or around Santa Fe is the mexican food stands! I have a pretty good story with this. So I was put on picture duty for the trip so I decided to take some pictures of the city block park thing we were at and me being so easily distracted tried to take a picture of this sweet yellow Kawi that was going past us and I ended up taking a picture of my mom feeding my dad.... I promised them I wouldnt put it on here so i am keeping my promise and posting my other FAIL pictures. So this first one isn't a fail picture it's a picture of the burger I had at The Bobcat Bite.
this one i just dont even know what to think of it. Hah! ^^
and this one just makes me laugh! it looks like my dad is holding up the bridge!!!! by the way look for the baby in the blue shirt under the bridge!!!!!

SO that is it for part one of part two of my motorcycle adventure!!! Stay tuned for my departure of New Mexico and entrance of Colorado!! :huh:clap

Rutabaga 02-05-2013 03:36 PM

Congrats on the new skill!
The pictures are wonderful and the commentary fills in around the edges. Well done! I see a burgeoning photo journalist in the making.

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