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3 Step Hideaway – Getting away from it all

3 Step Hideaway Let’s get this right out there – 3 Step Hideaway is a dude ranch for motorcyclists! Last summer, after having ridden the beautiful Valley of the Gods and the Moki Dugway in south Utah, I was on my way to the 3 Step Hideaway. Originally having heard about it from some moto friends, the 3 Step Hideaway is one of the moto-friendly business profiles you’ll find on MotoStays.  Since I was passing through the area on my way back to Seattle, it was a no brainer that I stop in and check it out.  Homesteaded in the 1800’s this property is nestled in rolling hills and valleys of eastern Utah with stunning views as far as the eyes can see and the Colorado Rockies looming in the distance. A destination in its own right, 3 Step Hideaway is conveniently located just over an hour SE of Moab between Moab and Cortez CO.  Backroads with no traffic and with about a .5 mile gravel road makes getting their interesting and pleasant ride (watch out for the deer). It was like riding into a western movie, and I couldn’t help but feel like Clint Eastwood, parking my iron horse out front and dismounting.  Really, it is that cool. As luck would have it, my timing was perfect – I arrived just as a dinner of big fat grilled steaks and corn on the cob were being served up along with a warm greeting by owners Scott & Julie making me feel welcome and right at home.  I washed it all down with cold, regional beers that is served...

Be The Adventure

We’re just coming home from the BMW MOA Be the Adventure Rally in Billings, Montana.   The cool thing about the National rally is it’s always in a different location each year, which gives folks a damn good excuse to travel from all over the nation making the rally their destination.   There’s something really awesome about arriving and reconnecting with friends you haven’t  seen since last time, and making new friends this time around, kind of like a big motorcycle riders family reunion. This year was no different.   Montana doesn’t disappoint when it comes to open space, big sky and natural beauty. It’s still the Wild West, often referred to as the “last frontier’ its history is full bodied with lively narratives and juicy tidbits of years gone by.   It lures us in with tales of the gold rush, cowboys, indians, ghost towns, homesteaders and outlaws.   “Maybe it’s the independent frontier spirit, wild and free and oh-so American, that earned Montana its ‘live and let live’ state motto. The sky seems bigger and bluer. The air is crisp and pine-scented. From its mountains that drop into undulating ranchlands to brick brewhouses and the shaggy grizzly found lapping at an ice-blue glacier lake, Montana brings you to that euphoric place, naturally. And then it remains with you long after you’ve left its beautiful spaces behind” – The Lonely Planet The BMW MOA puts a lot of effort and thought into producing an awesome rally.   Thank you BMW MOA, we had a kick butt time.   Between the seminars/classes, GS Giants skills course, the insane stunt riding of Chris “Teach” McNeil, presentations by Horizons Unlimited...

7 Tips to Being a Awesome Guest

Spring is here and a lot of us have starting planning our motorcycle travel and summer rides. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to find new twisties, jaw dropping vistas and the perfect setting for a motorcycle selfie. As you get out on the road this year, keep MotoStays at the top of your mind. This is your tribe with new members popping up all over the world; and as such there are some pretty cool opportunities are just waiting to be had.  If you haven’t tried home sharing yet, whether as a host or traveler, let’s face it, the first time could possibly feel a little let’s say, awkward.   But all you really need to do is read the reviews of other member experiences to know how much fun they can be and friendships are born. If you’ve been using MotoStays, then you know what we’re talking about. So how do you get the most out of your experience? You can start with being an awesome guest and here’s a few helpful tips. 1.  Be the Guest you would want to host We’ve all had visitors, whether family or friends, who we separate into the “can’t wait to see you again” and the “don’t let the door hit you in the ass” categories.   You need to be the in the first one!   Be polite, kind and considerate. Hosts open their homes and worlds to you and want to have a good experience too, so as the traveler be a good person and your experience will be all that much better. 2.  Communicate your needsCommunication is...

What Is Old Is New Again

Recently a motorcycle industry friend passed a book published in 1960 my way.  He was doing so as another had done with him. When he said it was on the way my curiosity was peeked to be sure. One more gift from the holiday season… Since he did not tell me what the book was, I simply waited two days for the question to be answered. “Let’s Try Barter” by Charles Morrow Wilson was not exactly what I was expecting.   When I opened it and saw the original publish date of 1960 and revision in 1976 I was even less inspired.   Out of respect and some curiosity I started paging through it.  Glad I did. While Mr. Wilson has a strong opinion and certainly points to the traditional value of barter, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barter) it was the notion that What Is Old Is New Again that caught my attention. (My words, not his.) As it is in this historical cycle and context that http://MotoStays.com makes such great sense. Literally since the dawn of man, we have been sharing residence. How and the details around it are simply reflections of the time. Today, it is EASY for us find accommodation options. The modern age of information makes it much faster than plotting in on horseback looking for the local inn or asking a farmer if you can sleep in his barn. Funny how the world turns: as I sit here and write this post Bob Dylan’s 1964 song ‘Motorpsycho Nitemare’ just played on my Pandora One channel. Righteous timing as this is a folk story about a young adventurous man who needed...

Home Sharing for Motorcyclists in the Modern Age

This is an excerpt of the piece Derek Roberts did Dec 2014 for Sound RIDER! Please see the full article here. It has been my experience with motorcycling that all conversational roads lead back to one thing; Wanderlust. Appreciation for engineering, technical proficiency and the daily commute may vary, but mention to a fellow rider (or non-rider for that matter) the tale of a recent motorcycle sojourn and you will immediately have a captivated audience. Maybe it’s the innate understanding of a motorcyclist that opportunity comes in many varieties. A sun parched stretch of desert highway, conversations with strangers and meandering trips that start with no end dates, are all blank canvasses. Each time we set out on two wheels we are privy to more than a windows view. Each time, is a unique experience. Emboldened by adventure is often when inspiration strikes. Take for example, MotoStays founders, Tad Haas and Gaila Gutierrez (shown right). Over the course of 411 days, the two traversed the vastness of eastern Canada, crisscrossed the continental United States and explored the culturally rich interior of central Mexico, on a trip that would ultimately cover 40,000 miles and reach as far south as Panama. As the pair rode, they began to take stock of their journey and question fellow travelers as to what made these types of trips, or even weekend ones, so special. Time and again the responses came back littered with reference to “adventure”, “different”, “local” and “real”. The two rider’s appreciation for such experiences had certainly grown since the start of their own trip, as had their appreciation for the most...

Woman Sleeping Alone – Guest Blog

I have had the pleasure to know Rashmi Tambe of Global Women Who Ride fame for some time virtually.  Finally we had a chance to meet face to face.  Her site has so many compelling stories – you really should check it out if you have not.  Her reviews in the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) and such are always informative and good fun too.  You can learn more about Rashmi here: http://www.globalwomenwhoride.com/the-author/  As a true road warrior she is out traveling again – last I heard in Bombay/Mumbai India.  Travel well!! Rashmi’s post: A few weeks ago I had coffee with my friend Tad who has recently started MotoStays, a homesharing service for motorcyclists. We talked a little bit about what measures the site could take to make the idea of staying with strangers more safe for women motorcyclists on the road and he requested that I wrote more about my experiences with traveling alone. I agreed to think it over and put my own experiences down in words. This article is what came of it. Paraphrase for homesharing part only here:  (Read the full post here. ) HOME SHARING NETWORKS Which brings me to the final form of accommodation, namely other people’s homes. Strange people’s homes, to be precise. If I had been writing this ten years ago, this would have been a no-no. However, in the era of Couchsurfing and Air BnB, those barriers have long been shattered. While people renting out rooms in their homes to travelers is nothing new, it’s only recently that these have become so easily discoverable. The best experiences I’ve had have been on Couchsurfing, not on Air BnB,...

Moral Implications of Home Sharing

This is a bit of an usual blog post for us, but I think it is worth a read if you believe in the Sharing Economy. Most importantly it highlights many of the reasons we know make home sharing so powerful and important.   The following article appeared in the October 7th 2014 issue of the San Francisco Examiner. Positive Moral Implications of Sharing Home http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/positive-moral-implications-of-sharing-home/Content?oid=2908422.   It was written by Rev. Melinda McLain who lives in Twin Peaks CA. and preaches at the Mira Vista United Church of Christ. My interest in the article is not that she is a pastor and looking at this topic from that point of view, rather it is just how insightful she is and spot on about the value of home sharing. (See below.) I also like her phrase about “having space to share” vs. use of “home sharing.” It usually isn’t the whole house but offering a room etc. that is an important part of the Sharing Economy movement.   This is true whether you are a motorcyclist using MotoStays.com with our pay-it-forward model or AirBnB.com that uses a for-profit plan. You can find the whole article here http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/positive-moral-implications-of-sharing-home/Content?oid=2908422 but I thought it would be valuable to pull out some snippets and share directly. This piece was posted in the Opinions section of the paper as a comment on the San Francisco city vote being taking. This is primarily in regards to the very successful AirBnB model and the implication/impact of their rapid growth. You can learn the deep details here: https://sites.google.com/site/hspositionpaper/. BTW, it should be noted that San Francisco did indeed pass the...

Are Your Horizons Unlimited?

First of all, I would like to begin this post by thanking Grant and Susan Johnson. They are inspirations to many of us travelers and now for me as a business person. They have done such an excellent job of creating a vibrant community via www.HorizonsUnlimited.com.   Their site is definitely one of the very best online resources for current and future travelers. As they say “Get Inspired, Get Ready & Get On The Road.” Perhaps one of the most amazing things is how they have transitioned a web-based community into this vibrant and giving collection of global family. Twice this year Gaila and I have had the chance to participate in their physical events. These are so much more than the typical rally and occasional Meetups. If there is any way you can make it to a Horizons Unlimited event in your area you most definitely should. http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/events HU CanWest was held in Nakusp British Columbia Aug 23 – 25th and I highly recommend you mark your calendar for next year. At this event Gaila and I were privileged to be giving our relationship talk – “Couples Travel Not Always A Cake Walk” aka How Not To Kill Your Partner Traveling 24/7/365 and “Take-off & Landings, The Scariest Part of Long-term Travel”.   Our couples talk is usually good for a laugh or two and gets lots of smiles etc. – especially when we discuss intimacy on the road.   Take-off & Landings is a look at our perspective on quitting perfectly good jobs to travel and what it feels like to come back. Always a work in progress. The village...

7 Must-See Entertaining Motorcycle Videos

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite motorcycle videos for your entertainment.  Be sure to share your own favorites in the comments, enjoy!!   Almost kicked by horse…close-call!   Cool Father/Son Himalayan 4,500km Adventure Ride   503 Days, 82,000+ Miles of adventure riding!   Loading Moto onto the top of Bus… with head.   Amazing close-call on the freeway. (Caution, loud sound*) https://youtube.com/watch?v=ApF7B4YqehI   Motorcycle rider helps a truck that ran out of gas…impressive!   Dog is driving the moto!?   Thanks for browsing! Come back for more videos in future posts. Also, don’t forget to share your videos/links in the comments, and in your MotoStays...

P.L.A.N.S. – Do You Have One?

  P.L.A.N.S. – Do You Have One? During this very busy summer riding season, we thought a guest post about maintaining our bikes and staying safe would be a good read. As such, Jill Oliver a very accomplished rider and traveler has put together this very useful information.   Most of us have some sort of pre-ride check, some more thorough than others. We think this is simple to remember and execute. Thanks Jill! ———————————————- Zero breakdowns. Is that even possible? Well, that is, will my bike be dependable to do what I want it to do all the time? As an adventure rider, I will say that all bets are off when you eyeball that big mud puddle, thinking, “I can totally ride through the middle of that!” Then you don’t. Or, if you burn up a clutch trying to ride up a road made of baby head sized rocks. You know, stuff like that. You are going to have a self-induced breakdown. I am talking about making sure you can stop, nothing falls off the bike, or you can get from point A to B. Zero breakdowns? Really? Of course you can. Riders for Health (RFH www.Riders.org), an award winning social enterprise, does this every day. Their expertise in fleet management, including motorcycles, enables health care to be delivered all over Africa. They have a zero breakdown policy. See! It is possible. They should know because they maintain vehicles in the worst conditions of sub-Sahara Africa. Granted, they are on agricultural motorcycles that are built like tanks, but the same principles apply to any motorcycle, anywhere in the...

Will You Rally?

Funny thing about motorcycling, sometimes we cherish the solitude and quiet of riding alone and at other times we look for the comradery of others.   Motorcycle rallies bring visions of Sturgis (http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/) and the wild things that implies, but there is so much more.   What about the quaint local gatherings like RibFest in Tennessee? (http://www.bmwmcon.org/ribfest.php) And let’s not forget brand/bike specific events like BMW, Triumph or Honda Goldwing. So many choices, so little time. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcfqg-kVXWg Why We Rally: So these are some of the key reasons we and others elect to join in the motorcycle rally fun: High potential for like-minded people in small space and time. Great chance to meet great people. Chance to see distant friends (Rallies can build lasting relationships). Validation & feedback for the way you have set up your bike. Knowledge transfer and ideas sharing. (Learning opportunities, often including rider training.) Finally meeting your www.facebook.com – only friends. Getting a taste of the locals. Insights for the best roads, rides and eats. Late nights by the fire with lots of stories and bench racing. Adult trick or treating. People really like the raffles and free stuff from vendors. Seeing the latest in gear & gadgets. Maybe your next bike or solution to current challenge. Solid excuse for adult beverages of choice and lots of (usually) good food. And let’s not forget the bonus benefit that many rallies donate profits to charity. Good for them! Gaila and I had a chance this past weekend to participate in the Touratech-USA Rally in Plain, WA (http://www.touratech-usa.com/Adventure/Events/JOPqYs/2014-Touratech-Rally) and the Overland Expo (http://www.overlandexpo.com/) event in...

When Should I MotoStay?

Prefer to listen?  Here is audio version of this blog: http://motostays.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/When-to-MotoStay.m4a So if you are new to this whole notion of home-sharing and collaborative consumption you might be asking yourself when is the right time to MotoStay? When should I set up a first visit or hosting experience? The simple answer is right now. Many of the early MotoStayers and people expressing interest in this new model for travel think it is mostly just for long-term or adventure travelers.   Definitely NOT the case. MotoStays and other home sharing sites like www.Couchsurfing.org and www.Airbnb.com are established to help you with all of your travel needs. Whether you are riding in a nearby town or across the world for an epic vacation. The difference and advantage of MotoStays is we cater specifically to riders! Here are two recent examples of how and why MotoStays works for short trips too. This past week Gaila and I hosted Phoenix when she rode down from Vancouver British Columbia to catch a flight from Seattle to California for an upcoming wedding. How pleasant it was to share dinner, stories and smiles. Not to mention the great chocolate she brought! We learned more about her temporary home in B.C. – giving us even more incentive to take a weekend trip up North. High on the “todo” list. Second, I needed to be southwest of Olympia WA to teach a Learn To Ride dirt bike class for Puget Sound Safety Off-Road www.pssor.com this past Sunday. (It was great fun!) Living 80 miles away means this was going to be quite a long haul – even before the infamous...

Motorcycle Travel and the Birth of MotoStays.com

It’s just you and your motorcycle, cruising along freely with the wind in your face and the sun on your back. There is no better way to escape than an afternoon ride on an epic stretch of twisties. Slowly rolling through town, you have a choice of five cafés, but you choose to stop at the one place in town that has 20 motorcycles parked out front. Why is that? [hr style=”1″ margin=”20px 0px 20px 0px”] “What is it about motorcycling that draws us towards each other?” [hr style=”1″ margin=”20px 0px 20px 0px”] Motorcyclist often feel that they are a part of a bigger community. A community of riders; one humungous club. We share an unspoken bond that somehow gives us sense of security, a temporary escape and feeling of freedom. It’s hard to put a finger on it, but we all know the saying, “it’s not the destination, it’s about the journey”. Before we get into the journey of how MotoStays came about, let’s back up a bit and tell you a little about us. We are Tad Haas and Gaila Gutierrez, a normal couple (well mostly normal) from Seattle who had worked all our lives doing the typical things people do throughout their lives. Stuff like building careers, raising families, buying homes and climbing the corporate ladder. So there we were, in our late 40s, royally burned out on corporate life, tired of the hamster wheel and crappy Seattle winters. We always had dreams of traveling and roaming the world on our motorcycles, living life differently. But it wasn’t until a series of unexpected circumstances and establishing...

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