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Alisa,

Thank you so much for writing your amazing story. How inspiring. The links and all suggestions/recommendations are great. For all of us replying to your story and those that didn't reply but read it -- we need to hear these stories so that we can see it's possible.

I wish you all the best in your adventures! Thanks again!


Julia
Asheville , NC
Friday, January 3, 2014
What a blast! I live in Florida and want to do some long trips. Anyone want to join me? Open to suggestions for trips. Just want to get out there and see our country. I'm a 53-year -old woman. I ride a Harley Sportster 1200. Will probably go a bit bigger soon.


Cindy
Venice, FL
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Editor Response
Cindy,

The best place to reach out to other riders is on the WRN Forum, created just for this kind of thing. You can find it at this link. You can also check out our list of Women's Motorcycle Riding Clubs to see if there is one in your area.


Genevieve Schmitt
Thank you so much for your honest, insightful words! I have held the dream of a long distance ride for years and have been slowly creeping towards it. Bought a DR last year, attended Horizons this year, lots of shorter local trips.
As the trip starts to become more real and pressing in my mind, my fears have multiplied.. like gremlins in water! In fact, today I have an appointment with my financial planner to talk over that aspect of the trip and was going to cancel (fear). After your supportive article, I am going to keep the appointment and keep taking 'Jen' sized steps toward my goal!



Jen C
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Editor Response
That's the way to do it, Jen! Will send prayers and good wishes your way!
Genevieve Schmitt
Alisa, wow! What an awesome story and experience you had. My plan is 5 years out to ride across the country and I am reading everything about long distance traveling that I can get my hands on. One question I keep wondering about is how do you make sure there will be enough gas stations along the way so you don't run out. I have Sportster and can only ride about 120 miles per tank. Thanks.

Judy Fachko
Buffalo, NY
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Editor Response
Congratulations on your trip decision! Fuel is always a consideration, but a good one because it means we're traveling. The key is in the planning, because the gas stations get much further apart in the middle of the country. Be sure to have good, local, current maps along with you. Or if traveling with a GPS, make sure you have the most current map data uploaded so you can decipher the distances between gas stations. I believe there are gas apps available these days as well.

Personally, I've added two fuel cells (Rotopax) to my luggage set-up because I am not always such a good planner. I doubt this solution will work on your Sportster, but you could consider carrying a couple of those red MSR fuel bottles in your luggage to give you a little extra range. I carry two of these in addition to the Rotopax: one contains fresh engine oil, and the other has fuel for my camp stove or for those true fuel emergencies.

I'm not saying that you have to plan the entire trip before you leave home, but definitely take a look at your maps each morning. Asking locals helps as well. Also, don't make my East-coaster mistake of assuming that just because there is a big intersection on a map that there will actually be a town-—and services-—in that location. It's often not the case. Let me know if you need other ideas.

Have a great trip.
Alisa Clickenger, WRN contributor
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