SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
RF I currently live in Joseph, Oregon. Living here gives a quality of life I haven’t found anywhere else. Within minutes a person can be hiking up a nearly 10,000′ mountain on a local trail, swimming and boating in our local lake, or riding motorbikes on roads across a prairie, over mountains, or into canyon country. The people here are very friendly and we are a close-knit community of cowboys, artists, adventurers and retirees who are always there to help each other.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
RF As a young person, I was always looking for an adventure and enjoyed doing new things. When I was old enough to get a drivers license I rode small motorcycles for basic transportation as they were much less expensive than owning a car.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
RF BMW F700GS and a Yamaha XT250.
SA Are you part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
RF Most adventure riding groups are far away so I belong to a couple of groups on Facebook such as the PNW and Idaho GS Girls.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
RF My new favorite ride is to a place on the Snake River called “Dug Bar.” It’s a rough ride on a basically unmaintained single lane road up and down through canyons to a beautiful spot on the Snake River. Dug Bar was once a cattle ranch that belonged to a friend of mine. It’s only 60 miles from home and most locals consider it an intimidating trip in a car or on a bike. I’ve lived here 10 years and finally did it for the first time this spring. I loved the challenge of the ride and beauty of the country so much the first time that I returned again 4 days later with my XT 250 loaded with camping gear for an overnighter and photo trip.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
RF Like most have said, I love the feeling of the open road and how tangible the sights, smells and feelings of the wind and weather are when riding.
SA Have you always been drive to explore adventurous activities?
RF Yes. From a young age I was out climbing trees, sneaking rides on horses in someone’s pasture, and being a general tomboy. I always had the feeling that the normal 9-5 life in a city was not for me and that there was something more out there to be seen and done.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
RF I would like to see more women’s gear, especially riding suits, with the same amenities as the men’s have. Recently I ordered a pair of riding pants in men’s and told the salesman that I didn’t get the women’s because they had no pockets! Do they think I am going to carry a purse when getting off my bike!
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
RF My two dogs, a good plan for the day, the thought of coffee. I’m a morning person so it’s my best time of day. I also have many interests and before getting out of bed it think, “What am I going to do today?”
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
RF Well, I just hosted a woman rider who came from Australia to explore the Northwest. She told me a lot about riding in her part of the world so I guess currently it would be Australia and New Zealand.
SA What was your worse day on a motorcycle?
RF I had to dig deep for this one as most all are good days on a bike. I guess it would be one time when returning home from a rally riding for hours in pouring rain. I didn’t have good waterproof gear and arrived home soaked and near hypothermia.
SA What is your favorite food?
RF M&M’s. I also enjoy trying fish tacos at different restaurants when out and about.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
RF Years ago when living in rural Alaska I had a behemoth BMW 100GS bike, the one with the 9.25 gas tank and very tall. One evening after being in town volunteering at our local radio station I decided to try to ride home on the 4-wheeler trail instead of the paved road. I made it about a quarter mile when, just below a viewpoint parking area, I hit a log and dropped the bike. Since I couldn’t pick it up I climbed the bank to see if anyone was at the lookout. A couple of tourists were there about to leave in their car. I asked the husband if he could come down and help me lift the bike. Well, he and his wife looked at each other as if I was about to lead them off to the forest to be robbed by bandits. However, he decided to come down and help me. When he got there he said, “This is a Big Bike!” I thanked him and went on my way, deciding that if I rode rough trails with that bike again I would need a partner.
SA Favorite post ride beverage?
RF Hot tea on a cold day, otherwise mostly a good glass of water.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
RF 1) Learn more about bike mechanics
2) Do a few Backcountry Discovery Routes
3) Improve my riding technique, especially in the areas of picking up bikes, water crossings and jumping logs.
SA Name 3 long term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
RF 1) Stay in good enough shape to ride for years.
2) Explore more of the U.S. We live in a beautiful country.
3) Not get injured.