3 Step Hideaway – Getting away from it all

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

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

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...
Home Sharing for Motorcyclists in the Modern Age

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

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,...