I haven’t been everywhere, but I’ve been in its vicinity! I’ll introduce you to many of the people, places, and adventures that inspire my life and work.

I learned to love the open road as a child when air travel was out of reach for a family of five. We spent many hot summers in the Vista Cruiser station wagon traveling from the Midwest to the West Coast playing license plate BINGO and punch buggy. At that time, Route 66 was fully maintained and air conditioning was a major feature in billboard advertising. Road-tripping is still my favorite way to see the world, especially from the seat of my motorcycle.

Tamela Rich with her 2022 BMW F 900 XR motorcycle
Me and my BMW F 900 XR

I've survived punishing weather, distracted drivers, a stolen wallet, running out of gas, and having trouble finding a safe place to sleep at night. If your business or community group would be interested in hearing some of these stories, and how I learned to channel fear into personal growth, please reach out.

My Books

Always a good student and voracious reader, I followed the level-headed advice of adults when I pursued a career in business. You know, so I could eat. While at Duke University getting my MBA, I recognized a market for my writing and editing skills in the private sector. It took several years to make the transition from working for the man to working for clients with interesting projects. Now my life is in alignment.

Hit the Road: A Woman’s Guide to Solo Motorcycle Touring in 2018 (digital and print).  

Live Full Throttle: Life Lessons From Friends Who Faced Cancer and its companion guide (2012) won three awards, and are currently out of print.

Books I Edited (2021-2023)

Maximum Trading Gains with the Anchored VWAP: The Perfect Combination of Price, Time & Volume by Brian Shannon, CMT.

Two Old Broads: Stuff You Need to Know That You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know, by M.E, Hecht, MD and Whoopi Goldberg.

Healthy Kids, Happy Moms: 7 Steps to Heal and Prevent Common Childhood Illnesses by Sheila Kilbane, MD.

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Tamela Rich

Author and curious traveler. I run two newsletters here. My other, "The 981 Project," explores all 981 miles of the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, PA to Cairo, IL.


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