Television travel expert, Iron Butt member, and award-winning author Tamela Rich began her motorcycling career with a 19-state solo journey just three months after learning how to ride. She based her TEDx Talk, “Chance Encounters can Change Your Life” on her experiences as a traveler.
Tamela founded and runs the Mountain & Music Motorcycle Tour Series, writes a bi-monthly column for "On the Level" BMW magazine, and contributes feature articles to "BMW Owners News."
Living in Charlotte, North Carolina, and happily married to her college beau for over 30 years, she says her solo road trips are the prelude to delightful homecomings.
How do you approach cover design?
I had a photo of myself smiling in the mirror of my motorcycle. The rest of the photo was all wrong for a book cover, but the inspiration was right there in that grin. I hired illustrator Rich Barrett http://richbarrett.com/ to take that inspiration and turn it into the cover.
Describe your desk
I totally subscribe to the maxim that an empty desk reflects an empty mind!
Not really...I live my life in the no-judgment zone.
My desk is a thick piece of frosted glass that spans two short filing cabinets. It is covered with papers, books, a pack of dental floss, index cards, a bottle of Rescue Remedy, a glass flower that I made at the Corning Glass Museum in NY, a bottle of white-out (likely dried up) journals, business cards (my own and others), drink bottles that need to be recycled, and a bowling trophy that I won at the 2012 International Women in Motorcycling Conference, a stapler and calculator, a photo with me kissing a burro in Arizona, and of course my computer.
Nearly two-thirds of travelers are women. Many of them travel alone—some on motorcycles. Award-winning author Tamela Rich shares solo travel stories of her own, travel-planning checklists, tips, and resources for anyone who wants to get the best out of a two-wheeled road trip. She discusses travel safety head-on, including how to deal with the travel dangers that women fear most