Calling Overland Women Riders

Since the beginning of this year I have been selected as a Jupiters Traveller by the Ted Simon foundation:

Jupiter’s Travellers are people who seek to understand the beauties, mysteries and tragedies of our world, and their place in it, through personal adventure. They are inspired and motivated to develop their observations and insights into something of value for the rest of the world to share, whatever their medium of expression might be.

Jupiters Traveller Sherrie McCarthy

For me, being a Jupiters Traveller means inspiring people to live their dream and go out in the world and see things for themselves. I hope to archive this with this blog and my books. During our journey I was often asked by other women about riding my own bike and how I went about the trip.

Now that our world trip is over and its story is told (and we are looking at settling for a little while in Berlin) I want to spread the experiences of other female motorcycle overland travelers. I’m thinking about a series of guest posts by women riders (solo or with partner) to draw attention to just how many women are following their dreams and riding their own bikes around the world (or to Mongolia and back, or three months through the middle east, etc!).

In the process hopefully more women will follow through on their dream to ride and perhaps you will find a new blog to follow.

You are a female motorcycle overland traveller? You have an interesting story to tell? You want to inspire other travellers? This is your chance. Please drop us an email or leave a comment, we have a series of questions that we would send you to fill out, and of course links, pictures, etc. are welcome!

Thanks and safe travels!



About Sherrie

Sherrie was born and raised in Newfoundland, has her home base in Germany, and at any given time can be found just about anywhere in the world. Addicted to books, travel, chocolate and motorcycles, a perfect day for her is riding her bike followed by drinking good coffee and reading a good book or writing one.

10 Responses to Calling Overland Women Riders

  1. agata says:

    I saw your post and I tought I could just say “ciao”!
    It is almost one year that me and my boyfriend are travelling around the world on our 20 years old Honda Transalp. Currently we are in Dubai and our trip will continue trough Pakistan, India and who knows where after. At the moment we don’t even know when or where our trip will end, hopefully never!
    This is our blog: (some parts are in english, some others we were just too lazy to translate them…).

  2. Manuela Beis says:

    Hi Sherrie,

    Hello from another ‘Berliner’ and female motorcycle traveller. I just read your post on Horizons and thought I’d reply to your request:

    In 2010 I fulfilled a lifelong dream and went to South America on my trusty DRZ400S. Riding through Argentina, Uruguay, a tiny bit of Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and the whole length of Chile down to Tierra del Fuego, I covered 23,517 kilometres / 14,616 miles in four months.

    This trip was one of the best things I have ever done in my life; I saw the most fascinating landscapes and beautiful places, rode awesome roads, caught glimpses of the world’s history, watched wonderful wildlife, tasted delicious exotic food, had my fair share of ‘oops’ and ‘doh!’ moments, learnt a lot about the mechanics of my bike and, best of all, met amazing people every single day (as you do as a woman travelling on your own… ;-).

    If you need more details, please have a look at my website: Just let me know if this is of any use to you.

    All the best and keep on riding!


  3. Sherrie Sherrie says:

    Agata and Manuela, thanks for stopping by. Your trips are exactly what I am looking for in this series. Especially the highs and the lows and what you learned from them! I will be contacting you in the next couple of days with the questionnaire and the details around it. And Manuela, I would love to meet up in Berlin for a coffee and trip chat! 🙂

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  5. Rachel Balm says:

    Hey Sherrie,

    A great idea to interview fellow female riders! I completed my first bike trip this July riding from the UK to Mongolia. It was my first trip of this kind and before embarking on the trip I had only ridden 12milles away from my home town in the UK. It was a leap of faith into the unknown! But hugely successful 10,000 miles later! Since the trip I have not looked back. I am now thinking of a potential trip to Malawi in 2013/14 through Spain and Northern Africa. I would love to answer any questions for you. I had a go at writing a blog, but I have yet to write up anymore than the first week (opps), however the pre trip blog posts are live which may be of interest. I look forward to hearing from you.


    • Sherrie Sherrie says:

      Hi Rachel,

      Your trip is what we are looking for, and it’s ok if the blog is not so up to date, you can fill us in on our travels in the questionnaire! Plus the pre trip information is often just as, if not more important th,an the trip itself! You know yourself that once you are going it gets easy. It is the time before the start of the trip that makes you wonder if it is at all possible. The trip itself is the easy part! 🙂

  6. Hey Sherrie,
    finally I made it and send you this massage! I know it´s some time ago that I received Patricks mail about your project but unfortunately I hadn´t found the time yet to answer you! :-/
    At first, I really want to congratulate you to your title as a Jupiter´s Traveller which is just amazing! 🙂
    You know my motorcycle travel background already (started to an around the world trip on two 23 years old Honda Transalps together with my partner Helle in June 2011, current position Queensland/Australia, when should our trip end? We don´t know!) and I think I would like to be part of your project which I think can really help other female riders to share their experiences which are (at least that´s my feeling) sometimes very different to what men experiences! 🙂
    So I would be happy to hear from you!

    • Sherrie Sherrie says:

      Hi Bea,

      I understand about not being able to write for long periods of time. I do it too! 😛 Especially on the road. But even the last 2 weeks I have been more or less Internet less as we finally found an apartment in Berlin and moved out of our sublet. But now I am back online and able to get this site back on track with the stories! The problem is they make me want to get back on the bike rather than settle in Berlin for 2 or 3 years as planned. Argh! 🙂 I will send you the questionnaire, because as you say, women DO have different experiences to men. But women are also jumping on their bikes and riding off. Before riding off I felt like there were fewer women doing it. But then you meet them on the road everywhere and realize they are just not as vocal in telling their stories!

  7. Deniz says:

    Hallo Sherrie!

    As I was making a research on motorcycling in South East Asia, I came across with your inspiring journeys and books!
    I am a 28 years old Turkish woman who is a newborn overlander, adventure motorcyclist. After buying my first bike (F 650 GS) 3,5 months ago in Austria, I just love it so much so that I right away started riding across the countries and in the dirt roads. At the moment, we are in South East Asia riding to Chiang Mia from Bangkok with my boyfriend travelling with two motorcycles and from here we will continue to Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and so. After that next summer our plan is to ride in Siberia, Mongolia and Japan. I am working on a blog and a book concerning this journey to share the stories and experiences.
    Here is my blog which is still under development 🙂
    Looking forward to hear from you!

    All the best,


    • Sherrie Sherrie says:

      Hi Deniz,

      I love motorcycling in your home country!!!! The pictures on your blog are amazing and make me long to get back on the bike! As winter approaches in Berlin I will not be riding this season! This time last year I was in Thailand, I envy you at the moment!!! 🙂

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