Welcome to the ride along of my journey in finding my own two feet again. First of all, let me introduce myself, my name is Ginamarie Austin but most of my motorcycle friends call me Purple.
My motorcycle adventures started over 6 years ago when I got tired of looking at the back of my husband’s head while riding and decided it was time for me get my motorcycle license. So in searching for my first beginner’s bike, we discovered that I was limited on choices for a dual sport bike since I’m vertically challenge and most dual sport bike seat height are not made for people like me. However, we found an exception to the standard which is the Yamaha TW200. This began our love affair with this little cult bikes.
Since then, we joined the TW200 community and my husband became the guru on this little bike with fat tires. We have met some great people and gone on some amazing rides. We even did our honeymoon on these little bikes, over 2,000 miles. He also accomplished the challenge of the Iron Butt 1000. Mind you, we do have other bigger bikes but we ended up riding the TW the most.
Then last year, we decided to attend the Horizon Unlimited event in Cambria, CA. This is where we got the bug to wanting to travel the North America to discover the small towns on the back road. Hence, this began the count down to retirement so we can pursue our dreams.
Our dreams got short changed when my husband lost his battle to lung cancer in less than a month. His final wish to me was not to wait until retirement to pursue our dreams but to sell the house now and begin the journey. He said that life was too short; so don’t wait for the right time to go.
So here am I am trying to close the estate and plan for my year long road trip on the back road of America. You’ll be following along my trials and tribulations as I use the tools and tricks that my late husband has taught me. This trip will be about closing one chapter and finding my own feet in the next chapter of my life.
I hope you will learn from my mistakes and successes in this journey. Any suggestions and comments will be greatly appreciated.