I’m Mallory Danger Paige.
I’m a Storyteller and Adventurer. And, yes, Danger, really, truly, legally is my middle name.
I believe in failing to the point of success and that everyone has a story worth telling. From decorating cakes professionally to raising millions for charity and from piloting a submarine to becoming a writer, I’ve learned things rarely go as planned. But with the right attitude it turns out better than you dreamt possible.
More than anything I have an insatiable desire to know more. To answer questions like “What would happen if we stopped taking no for an answer?” “Could we achieve more if we stopped worrying about perfection and instead got busy with the doing?”
These questions often lead to unusual situations. And this most recent time was no exception.
Which is how I found myself – an average 30 something with no useful mechanical or outdoor skills – riding a motorcycle-sidecar across North America – with my dog!
In May 2015 I didn’t know how to ride a motorcycle, didn’t own a sidecar rig, had rarely camped alone, and was told by all the experts that my goal was impossible. By June 2015, I’d learned to weld, got a motorcycle license, built the beast known as Rufio, packed my tent, loaded my co-pilot into the sidecar and hit the road for Alaska. Now I’ve covered more than 40,000 miles, spent more than 250 nights under the stars and lived on the road for more than a year.
I want you to know you don’t need to be fearless or perfect to live your dreams. I have no special skills that make me good at this. If I can do it, anyone can. Seriously.
And if nothing else, I hope you remember:
Every obstacle is an opportunity.
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Mallory & Baylor the Dog
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JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVEN’T
DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T
As I told Tricia, I’m a most unlikely Adventurer. I’d much rather stay cozy at home with a pile of library books, to have routine, comfort and predictability. And that was exactly what I thought I’d built my life on just three years ago. I’d never been out of the country, had rarely traveled alone, was working to suppress the longings of wanderlust, the nagging desire for adventure.
And then I was obstacled in the most challenging and ultimately wonderful way possible. Still reeling from the unexpected, I sold all my belongings, bought a vintage VW van, loaded Baylor up and hit the road.
It was a decision that would change my life forever. I traveled, healed, made lifelong friends and realized the breadth of learning available on the road, the opportunities for growth wrapped in the cloak of discomfort. And so, I’ve traveled to foreign lands solo, hopped on the back of a stranger’s moto in South America bumping down rarely seen back-roads, built a motorcycle-sidecar, seeked adventure and launched a life-changing mission.
If you have dreams that seem impossible, if you’re looking at the adventure and thinking you could never do this, I understand completely. That’s what I thought a few years ago. Becoming the person you envision doesn’t happen over night, it’s a gradual process. Strengthened with a can-do community, propelled by the momentum of tiny successes. I wholeheartedly believe in you. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it. You got this.
(P.S. If you came here looking for DIY content and tutorials, I’m sorry to tell you that I burnt down the old site to start fresh. Perhaps someday I’ll reincorporate the handmade revolution into this digital space, but it’s not my current focus.)
THE ADVENTURE CV
Operation Moto Dog
A girl, her dog and a sidecar-motorcycle rig named Rufio. Join the community, jump into the adventure, & come along for the ride!
Dual Sport Ecuador
Convincing strangers to let me ride passenger. Bumping down dirt roads on dual sports, getting off the beaten path.
A magical way to explore Ecuador and the trip that ignited el moto obsession.
Becoming an International Lady of Mystery
Solo adventures in foreign lands, traveling outside of the USA for the first time.
Adventures throughout Cyprus, Copenhagen and the south of France.
During 2013 a 1973 VW Weekender named Goliath was home. Along with Baylor the Dog, I toured the USA, parts of Northeastern Canada and enjoyed living in a van – at times down by the river.
“Always do what you are afraid to do.”
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