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Old 18 Jan 2006
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Maybe you're looking in the wrong place?
There are a lot of girls out there who love travel and really like the idea of motorbikes, but because they don't (yet) ride, they don't mingle in those circles.

However, you do have to be careful where you look. If you pick a 'wannabe' who just likes the idea of hanging around with a biker, you may come into troubles when she hits a 3rd world country for the 1st time and decides that this 'isn't really her'(and vice versa I guess)

So where to look? I would suggest that you join a sports club/organisation which is considered more accessible to the general public. eg.triathlon/canoeing/skydiving.
People in these clubs are already motivated individuals otherwise they wouldn't be a part of the club.
Plus you'll find that a lot of them have an adventurous spirit, and they're always up for something new.

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Geoff,
Outdoor pursuits circles are a good source of high quality examples indeed. The only thing is they tend to be surrounded by lots of muscular tanned types with wild blonde locks and six packs who also do their chosen pursuit. I reckon there must be a 'mother lode' of adventurous young beauties somewhere just waiting to be tapped. It's just finding out where it is. I have friend who says he's going to start pony trekking and he may not be far wrong!

Shells,
Don't get me wrong, I'm open for some converting myself!

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Oh geez Dave, I just noticed where you live. Sacramento, California. I lived there for five years. Your chances of finding anyone in Sacramento to travel the world with you is pretty darn slim unless you hang out in mid-town. Everyone else is working to get that mortgage paid off. ;-)

You might give some thought to searching for someone from another country besides the US. The fact is, only 23% of Americans have passports. If someone hasn't even been to Europe, the chance is remote they're going to want to go RTW.

I've only been down here in Mexico less than three weeks and though I've met many American's, they're all retired. The ONLY people I've seen in the 25-50 age bracket are NON-Americans. Germans, English and Canadians so far. And they're all en route to Argentina.

So, drop into some backpacker hotels/youth hostels in San Francisco since you're so close, (maybe there's even some in Davis/Sac?) and I'm sure you'll find yourself a German or Aussie girl with little difficulty. They're the ones who really travel. But make sure you're ready to go...!

Thinking outside the box, you might try taking a language class, or a travel writing class, also for people who are already leaning in that direction. Good luck!

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I'd love 2 go with u dave!

only prob is you are in the US and i'm in OZ (yes lorraine i agree with u, sacramento is rather small, been there a few times as i have relatives there).

i was planning on going on a trip myself if u want 2 join me?


lorraine and shells you both sound awesome (aswell as some of you guys 2) but some of you really need a kick back in to reality. give girls a go, you will be surprised at what we can do when try!
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Jade,

Perhaps if you just ride your bike to Darwin and go see Perkins Shipping, that's where all the overlanders pass through going to East Timor, Indonesia and on to Europe. I don't think you'll have to wait too long... And if you get bored, just go.

The hardest part is to pick up the courage to go. Check out Linda: http://haefale.de/linda

Guys, you've got problems! My new lady friend just asked me whether my mattress and sleeping bag are up to it. She does things like a bike rally in Norway in winter, -20°C! Makes me feel insignificant...
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In keeping with my constructive comments on this important thread.
Jade, have you seen Dave? If you got a good look at him you might change your mind
From all accounts he is something of a wildman with little self control or mechanical sympathy.
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Oh yeah, a week or so with Bob Brown and a lot of scotch will do that to anyone.

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Thank you all for a good chuckle. I actually laughed right out loud a few times. I think Lorraine and the other gals have hit it on the head. There are fun, adventurous, all-around good gals out there but they are busy riding. You just have to keep up with us.

Enjoy!
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ps I have actually seen men riding f650s.

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This thread provided some great entertainment on a rainy Sunday afternoon, thanks guys. And a word of advice to you guys, as Homer Susan writes, us 'fun, adventurous, all-around good gals' do exist, but from experience you're more likely to come across us when you aren't actually looking for us.

p.s. What do you do if you already have a wonderful guy who won't get back on his F650 (after an accident) and you want to ride around the world or at least part of it?
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Go without him. Just don't go too long!
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Dave, maybe you should join a band. I've met plenty of women while out playing that want to ride cross country with me when I take off in June. My problem is, I'm married and can't take any with me! hahaha. Not complaining though. But they are out there, don't get discouraged!
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Found this somewhere, thought it relevant to this thread.

“Travelling in the company of those we love is home in motion.” C. Leigh Hunt

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Hey Whiplash,

I've been playing in bands for 14 years, but I don't think I've played with any Fresno bands. Maybe I can find someone who's willing to learn to ride. I'm not discouraged. It's a long-shot, I know.

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I found a woman in spain....''yeah always been my dream'' she said .... after a 4day trip into Portugal... and back well that was the end of her dream .... and our relationship ....go it alone mate
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Not to sound cliche, but you knid of just have to let it happen. This past year I was in Belize working on my thesis when one biker, such as yourself, came through my town. He met one of my students who introduced us over lunch the next day. After talking for about an hour he said to me "Well, I'm going for a ride...wanna come?" Needless to say, I replied yes!

We spent the next few weeks practically inseperable and just before he left San Ignacio I was invited to come along through Panama. Central America came and went quickly, before we knew it I was back in Washington DC getting ready to finish my degree. Then he called and asked me to come back and finish the trip.

Well, I left school, told very few people where I was going and I now get to sign TDF '05 after my name.

Don't listen to the skeptics, it was a rollercoaster ride definitely but in the end we both came away better people. And, of course, I'm now getting my motorcycle license and buing a bike later this year. (Plans are in the works for India in 2007!)

Pick someone up on your trip is the moral of the story!
Good luck!

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