SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
T I live in south central Texas now. I moved here from Colorado, and one winter spent freezing was enough to send me packing south! I moved to Texas for the year round riding of course.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
T My best friend inspired me to get me endorsement.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
T 2006 Honda Hornet, 2014 G650GS, 1970 Triumph Tiger – it is a project bike that I acquired while working for a local shop. It was a flat track racer back in the day, my goal is to restore her as a scrambler.
SA Are you part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
T No, usually I ride solo or with one or two friends.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
T My favorite ride here in Texas is south to Del Rio and then west to Big Bend State Park. There are a number of little known state parks out there and off in the middle of nowhere you find little ghost towns, old forgotten ranches, and lots of wild life. Oh and tons of dirt roads!
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
T The freedom and fun of traveling by motorcycle can’t be beat.
SA Have you always been drive to explore adventurous activities?
T My family always traveled so I was keen from an early age to try new things and I have always had the adventure bug. I learned to kayak from my neighbor when I was a kid, so my summers were spent either on the river or mountain biking, hiking, or riding my horse. I was never indoors even in the dead of winter I would go skiing or riding.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
T I would love to see more and more women riding and secondarily, I would like to see gear that was created for female riders. Our choices can be limited both in styles and colors and if you really want to have adventure gear you usually have to buy men’s gear. It lasts a long time but still the fit is well, not always so great.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
T Work! I have to fund my passion somehow. On the days when it is really had to get going, I go out and look at the world map on my wall or visit the garage and one or both of those things get me going.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
T I would like to tackle the CO, AZ, and NM BDRs. They are almost in my backyard and it’s only due to work that I haven’t ridden them already! If I had even more time to commit I would head up to Newfoundland. It is a totally untapped ride from what I have seen and the challenge of making the ride happen during a narrow window of opportunity would only add to the challenge.
SA Do you personally operate or work at a women owned/operated moto related website, blog or business that you would like to tell folks about?
T Not as of yet…. maybe down the road.
SA What was your worse day on a motorcycle?
T The day I bought my first bike, I had to watch my best friend ride it home. It just killed me and to make matters worse she often reminds me that she rode my bike first.
SA What is your favorite food?
T Anything cooked over a campfire!
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
T I tried to learn when I was about 10 but it didn’t go well. I rode ATVs and mini-bikes but wanted to move onto bigger bikes. I tried to ride a 250 Bultaco and it wasn’t pretty. The bike was too tall and all I managed to do was ride it up the side of a pine tree. I finally circled back around in life and got my endorsement about 7 years ago.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
T I was out on a ride with the “boys club”, 15 or so Harley riders and we came across a water crossing on a back road. Usually, no problem, but I hit algae and the bike was doing little fish tails in the goo. I was determined not to go down, so luckily years of mountain biking skills kicked in and I was able to dab left, dab right, and power through and came out the other side unscathed (read not wet from a drop). No one was the wiser about it. Lesson learned while the motorcycle handles like a mountain bike it is just much, much heavier. I pulled a muscle but at least my pride wasn’t dented.
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SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
T 1. Complete the EMT course and work as a trail/tour medic for a motorcycle tour company. 2. Ride the NM, AZ, and CO BDRS and TAT 3. Get my Off-road instructors training certification.
SA Name 3 long term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
T 1. See all of North and South America by motorcycle. 2. Help get others excited about ADV riding. 3. Improve on my mechanics skills.