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...
Moral Implications of Home Sharing

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...
Will You Rally?

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...