In October of 2004 Bea took a year off to ride her Honda Goldwing, with her dog Virginia, across the United States. She stopped for the winter to drive a bus in the community of Snowmass Village, just outside of Aspen, Colo. In June of 2005, she continued her motorcycle adventure, having added a sidecar for Virginia.
Once reaching the east coast, she turned around and returned home to Juneau, arriving in July 2005.
Upon her return, she drove a tour bus for the remainder of the season. Bea said the position at the Nugget Mall "seems to fit the bill perfectly."
"So here I am back where I started over 20 years ago and happy to be here," Bea said. "So to old friends and new, please drop by and say hello. I look forward to working with you all."