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50CC?…..In The Desert

Yesterday we wandered through the California desert and through Joshua Tree National Park to end up in 29 Palms. The day turned out to be great for riding….. We would have had no weather issues if we’d trucked out for the actual 50cc. However, if we HAD gone, you know the rai would have been on display….because that’s how luck works.

Highlight of MY day was finding a family owned market in Westmorland that served Date Shakes. 


The ride through Joshua Tree was very cool. There aren’t eroded areas of rock….its all piles of boulders. It looks like the Gods had a marbles game and just let it lie.



We arrived in 29 Palms around 5 and found a place at the El Rancho Dolores motel. About 50 separate rooms that are made for road travelers…..kitchenette, extra floor space…..and it is something right out if the 1950s. We also found the Palm Kebob House for dinner and introduced my dad to Kebob and Schwarma. It was sooooo gooooood!  I’d have taken a picture, but didn’t out the fork down long enough.

Today we go through Lake Havasu and on to Williams, AZ.  Figured we couldn’t be on this trip with the English boy and not go see the London Bridge in Lake Havasu!

The other groups on the 59cc have reported in and are all safe. The lead group of 5 left at 4am yesterday and look like they will make Jacksonville tonight! The second group that has 3 riders and 1 passenger split up with bike trouble…. 2 riders stayed in New Mexico and the rider plus passenger moved along solo. They look like they might make it tomorrow morning. So we are scattered all over this country!

Time to go pack up. Report from Arizona coming later…..

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50CC…..Day 2 and a Change

Phew!!! Made it it SAN DIEGO!!!!


Little rain in Las Vegas. Little rain in Riverside. Otherwise nice and perfect!  We were out if the heat and, more importantly, out of the cross wind. There were some headwinds, but it was more like you’d expect to have riding at 80 mph.

The weather forecast when we’re prepping to depart a few days ago showed a clear route. Earlier today, it looked like we’d hit rain for our departures from San Diego and Kerrville….which is not a great prospect. Then the forecast looked better again. So the weather feels unpredictable. And that is NO BUENO! Huge thanks to Harper Wilson and Steve Bailey for being weather lookouts and providing the heads up on changes!!!

When mapping out all that we had donr just to get here and all that we had coming up, exhaustion started to become an issue. Nic does not have a faring on his bike, so he gets the brunt of more than the rest of us.  Having already done 1600 miles in less than 3 full days….he’s feeling it.

All this adds up to a change of plans. We’ve decided that as trio we will not be embarking on the 50cc challenge. Sad panda. But the fatigue it a little too high, and the build up of fatigue will be overwhelming at the end. So….our adventure will be a-changin!

We are now headed out and will be getting through the scenic sights of the southwest. Not sure of the details yet….that takes coffee in the morning to get clear in my head. But it will be an adventure!

While I would love to do this challenge, I’m mostly just happy having this experience with my boys….. I wish I’d had the chance to start all of this with my dad 10 years ago, but I’ll take the opportunity now.


And our efforts for Team Teve are not ending!  Our flags have taken a beating and are pretty hammered….but that sort of sums up the Bailey’s situation. Pretty hammered. We are keeping the message out there….and there are still goodies for donators!!  Keep your eyes open for the donation prizes that will be posted!

Our other teams are headed out early tomorrow…one group if 5 riders at 4 am and a group of 4 riders plus 1 passenger at 6. Watch out Texas!!  Best of luck you crazy folks!!

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50CC…..Day 1


Day one is down on the books!  And it’s been a long and mostly good one.

Yesterday, Nic started off first.  He got out of town around 7 and braved the solo drive to Utah. Good weather and pretty good times as him arriving at my parents house in Pleasant Grove at about midnight. His first day was over 830 miles, and he was back to it this morning!

We were a bit behind schedule this morning with loading up, so we didn’t hit the suggesting about 10:30. It has been a perfect day for riding…..except for the wind. The !#®\$/ wind. The trike is really heavy, so alone it’s less of a worry than a 2-wheel machine. Unfortunately, having a driver on top of a tall trike provides a LOT of profile for the wind to hit. It was tiring. However, not constant. We arrived in Las Vegas at about 2:30 in time for a lovely lunch of ibuprofen.

As soon as we finished lunch (there was real food) Nic suddenly felt very unwell. Rather than risk him feeling worse, we parted ways with our other rider, Grant, and decided to stay the night in Vegas. We’ll work to catch up to the other 50cc riders tomorrow in time to depart Saturday morning.

Things I have learned today:
1. Lemon Pledge is just about the best windscreen and visor cleaner around.
2. I can only get on and off the trike from one side. I am not an ambi-mounter.
3. I still hate the desert
4. My cursing gets really creative when being buffeted by the wind at 80mph
5. I am RIDICULOUSLY proud of my husband. I don’t think he planned on this sort of insanity when he married me….and he’s killing like a champ!

For those following along….Hostage is also a champ. He gives me a little fist bump every gas stop, and he’s not yet eaten a single bug.


Hot tub and ibuprofen for dinner I think. Check you all tomorrow!

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50cc…. One More Sleep

Packed, sorted on the bike, and ready for a snooze before heading south tomorrow. Waiting for this to start is like being in the longest line at Disneyland….. What’s at the end is awesome but the wait is a killer!!!

The flight to Utah was quick…. I slept the whole way. Nic rode the whole way today, and survived a chilly bit in the southern Idaho dark. But all is well and we are as ready to go as we can be!

Posting will be light…. Please look for what we can post quick via Twitter and Instagram. Find me as Nuurdygirl on either, or look for #TeamTeve!

And be sure to check out for info on who we are raising money for and to get in a donation! The smallest donation does a work of good!!!

Our map:

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50cc Prep…..The Packing

Down to single digit days now. Pretzel and I took advantage of our last day to sleep in…then started the packing.


Here is the packing list….or at least most of it……

  • 2 tshirts
  • 1 long sleeve tshirt
  • 2 pair of jeans
  • underwear and socks for 3 days
  • swimsuit (hot tub at the end of this journey IS going to happen)
  • leather chaps
  • mesh riding jacket
  • bandandas
  • rain gear
  • hoodie
  • motorcycle boots
  • pocket belt in lieu of wallet and purse
  • duffle bag for the bike
  • Note: pajamas are not included because I will be wearing those on the plane.  Yep…I’m going to be THAT passenger


All of the heavy, large, or awkward stuff is what I’ll actually be wearing the entire trip….just needed to pack it for the plane to Utah.  I will NOT be trying to wear leather chaps, an armored jacket, and monster boots through security and on a plane.

Whiskey was not a fan of the packing.  I think she was trying to blend in so I would pack her, too.



In the end, with the change to a larger suitcase, it did all fit.  All that is left are the little things I need until departure; like my toothbrush. What is still left, also, are the daily goodies to keep us going.  Nic has very specific dietary needs, so this is what we will be picking up for person-fuel:

  • Mixed nuts
  • Jerky (only Matador….but that’s a taste preference)
  • Trail Mix
  • Sliced turkey and chicken
  • Hard boiled eggs

I can’t believe that there are less than 48 hours until this adventure kicks off. I have a combination of feelings about all of this…..excitement, nervousness, silliness, happiness, and gratitude.  I’m overwhelmed with the feeling of seizing life…..when there is something you want, you go and find a way to make it happen. Except for free baggage on airplanes, apparently….

Don’t forget to get your pledges listed, and donations submitted to

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50cc Prep….no photo

OK….no photo with this update……but I just realized that at this time next week I will be on a plane to meet up with Jawbreaker (my pops) so we can start this crazy quest!!

I can’t believe I am actually going to get on a bike (ok….TRIKE) and attempt going coast to coast in 50 hours.  If we are successful, we will achieve the following certs:

  • Saddle Sore: 1000 miles in 24 hours
  • Bun Burner: 1500 miles in 36 hours
  • 50cc: coast to coast in 50 hours

Oh. My. Lord.

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Prep…T-12 Days

The easy part: Booking the flight. And, thanks to good people, finding a dog/house sitter.

The harder part: paying for all the gear I had to replace.  This will be detailed in the “my attempt to pack” post coming soon….

The crappy part:


In March I discovered I had a partially torn Achilles tendon.  I spent March in a boot – this boot – so that I could heal and be ready for this ride.  Two nights ago all the things around my ankle and heel started feeling “wrong” all over again.  So I am back in the boot and will see a specialist in a couple of days and find out REALLY what’s going on.

This does NOT stop the ride!  The backup plan is that I will end up riding with Nic rather than on my own.  While this would mean that I would not get the ride certification, it will mean that we might end up with pictures along the way.  WIN!

There is a backup plan for the ride….which is not ideal but totally OK.  There is not, however, a backup plan for teaching my MixxedFit classes.  I can’t “sort of” teach.  This is tremendously frustrating…..for over a month one of my closest friends has been covering for me at the personal cost of teaching and extra 4 hours a week (that means teaching EVERY day for several hours now) and missing her kids because she doesn’t get home until 10 EVERY night.  This ankle owes her!

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First Prep

So….got Nic’s bike ready for the ride. New tires, fluids and oil changed, new brakes.   Luckily the Thunderbird has the same attitude!




And just to be clear….Triumph of Seattle is fantastic and gets a LOT of our money 🙂


Don’t forget to make a donation…. Our ride is helping bring visibility to Alpha1 and raise funds for our friend Steve….he needs a double lung transplant. We are shooting for 2,334 miles…..pledge per mile that we complete and make your donation at

Next prep coming up…..

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Making an A-1 Run for Alpha1



Coming up in only a matter of days is our 50cc challenge ride.  We have 50 hours to make it from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast.  Riding May 7-9. PHEW! I’m exhausted (and a little terrified) just thinking about it!

This ride has started off as an amazing experience with my dad that I refused to let pass me by.  He’s my best bud, and been my coach for all things dangerous, exciting, and life-altering  (there is a whole separate post coming about that).  One thing that my pops doesn’t shy away from is helping others.  If there is an inkling that someone needs help, he’s all over it!  So when I discovered that my friends husband needs a lung transplant, I was not going to sit idly by…..


Steve Bailey is a dedicated husband, father, and mentor.  Four years ago he was diagnosed with Alpha1 which is a genetic disease that causes a deficiency in a particular protein that protects the lungs from all the bad stuff out in the world.  In the four years since diagnosis, Steve has gone from 100% lung capacity to about 33% capacity….and he’s only holding at that high because of the injections he gets regularly.  Stem cell therapy does not work on Alpha1, and so Steve is facing a double lung transplant.  DOUBLE!


Steve has been an avid biker nearly his whole life, and instilled in his kids a love of two wheels!  The financial burden facing this family is enormous: surgery, lost income, and medication for the rest of forever.  So what better way to help this guy out, than putting our miles to work for him…

Here are your options…..all easy!

  1. Pledge per mile that we complete in 50 hours. Our goal is 2,338 miles in that short little bit of time.  Pledge any amount per mile that you want, list it below, and then complete your donation at  Even $0.01 per mile is terrific and adds up!
  2. Straight up make a donation.  go to and drop some pennies in the jar.
  3. Donate $50 or more before May 1st, and get a bottle of sand from both coasts collected on our journey!
  4. Donate $100 or more before May 1st, and get on the RIDE LIST to complete our trek home as a giant Bailey-loving motorcycle group.  We’ll be coming home on the 13th or so of May, and this will be the info on hooking up for the last bit of the ride to Pleasant Grove.  Estimated 200 miles – with meet up locations on the way.

I’ll be riding with my #TeamTeve flag waving….all 2,338 miles down and lots more miles home!

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My Greatest Day….In Pennsylvania

There are a lot of things I could tell you about my trip to Mt. Jewett: finding headstones, getting left alone in the courthouse basement looking for land records, or taking pictures of the grassy spot where my great-great grandparents house  used to be.  But instead, I am going to tell you about my single best day.

On Friday, I had gone to the county seat to look up some land records.  On the way back to our lodgings, I stopped at the only cafe in Mt. Jewett – Kaffe Sol – because this Seattle girl had gone 4 hours without coffee!  I talked with the lovely woman behind the register, and told her why we were in town and that I was just picking up lunch to take back to my mom and get some coffee.  As soon as I mentioned that I was doing some family history research, she introduced me to the owner of the cafe, Connie.


Connie and I chatted for a few minutes and she showed me some of the pictures she was collecting to put up in the cafe and hold on to while some of the residents try to start-up a Historical Society.  She asked me to look through the photos, one in particular, and let me know if anyone looked familiar since they were trying to identify as many people as possible and she wanted to help my endeavor.  So she showed me this:


I looked through this photo of the graduating class of Mt. Jewett High School from 1926 for quite some time.  Connie had asked if maybe one of the girls was my grandmother…but I just wasn’t certain and wanted to do a little thinking on it.  The next day, my mother and I went back to Kaffe Sol and went straight to the picture.  I discussed my theory with my mother, then we honed in on:DSC00232

18-year-old Helen Swanson.  Right there… the center of the whole thing.  The rebel girl with no hat on.

There was my young grandmother….we were certain.  Of all the treasures to find!

Moments later, Connie came and got us and told us we had to meet this man:


Bud Swanson.  No….no relation.  But he is an older member of the community and remembers everyone and everything.  When I explained which Swansons we were related to, he recalled that my grandmother’s brother, Paul, had taken over the farm from his father.  Bud knew Pauls kids!  And Bud remembered that my grandmother’s brother, Russell “Rusty”, was a state trooper who was killed in an accident on the job.  Turns out Bud has a photo from Rusty’s wake that he is going to try to send us.

We all exchanged addresses and information…..hopefully we keep in touch.  But in the course of the day, these two people touched my heart with photos and stories and just by being themselves.  New friends…..instantly.