SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
TM Just south of the Des Moines metro in Iowa. I was born and raised here, and although I’ve traveled far and wide, I always want to come back to my hometown.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
TM I’ve always had a penchant for riding anything motorized. I grew up on a snowmobile, then had a few mopeds in high school, moved into sport quads when I met my husband, and finally took the motorcycle course to get my license at the encouragement of my older sister who road, and my husband.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
TM I have owned several makes/models since I got my license in 2007. I started out on a 1977 Suzuki 450, bought my first bike which was a Suzuki SV650, sold that for a red 2004 BMW R1150R and now I own a 2011 BMW R1200GS, a 1975 BMW R75/5 Toaster and a copper 1974 BMW R60/6.
SA Are you part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
TM I was recently elected to the Airheads Beemer Club as the Iowa Airmarshal. It is not exclusive to woman, but I am doing my part to find women riders to join our movement of ladies on old Beemers. I was once a part of the Burnout Babes, but I have never done a burnout and I am not a “babe” so I never showed up to one of the rides.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
TM I love to ride the twisty roads of northern Georgia and the sweeping mountain vistas of eastern Oregon. The first because you can scrape your boots on every corner as you ride to do your laundry, and the latter for the gorgeous roads in the desert plains that I experienced on my honeymoon where we never met a car for hundreds of miles.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
TM I love the freedom of riding my own bike to magnificent places to meet up with old friends and find new friends who share the same passion as I do. Camping on the road is an experience every woman (and man!) should master.
SA Have you always been drive to explore adventurous activities?
TM Yes, I am definitely an adrenaline junky. My first anniversary present to my husband was to ride our motorcycles to our local skydiving outfit and jump out of a perfectly good airplane. We both realized right before the jump that we had each killed a bird in the air intake on our bikes on the ride there. It was an omen or a sign that we would be safe to jump.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
TM I would like to see more of a better selection of riding gear aimed specifically for women. We are all built so differently and to compete in a man’s world of moto gear is all but impossible to find gear online that fits. I always wait to try things on at local events when good vendors come to town, or else I’ll be forced to return what I thought would fit me.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
TM Knowing that I have the love and support of my husband for everything I want to do in my life whether it be riding one of my motorcycles, catering a dinner party for someone or just finding a reason to travel somewhere like for a great cup of coffee. Just give me a reason and I’ll go.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
TM I will be turning 50 next year (May 12, 2019) and my girlfriends and I have a trip planned to Costa Rica. I would love nothing more than to have my husband fly in after the girls weekend and have us ride the backroads of that country. We shall see.
SA What was your worse day on a motorcycle?
TM In 2011, I was leading my first women’s trip to a small town in Missouri on back roads that were laden with gravel from the local Amish and Mennonite communities. I didn’t have time to break properly on a tight curve and ended up trying to ride off the road into the ditch, but it was deeper than it appeared and I ended up flipping over completely and I flew off the bike, safely, while my bike slammed into a telephone pole upright. None of my girlfriends witnessed a thing and wondered why I had “parked” off the side of the road. The bike was totaled and I was barely bruised aside from my ego and a fear of riding. But, my husband found me a bike just like the one I wrecked and I was back on riding within a week. I cried the whole way home. In fact, I cried on occasion when the fear of crashing in a corner overwhelmed me. It took me a good year to feel good about leaning into a corner like I used to.
SA What is your favorite food?
TM Burger and french fries washed down with a cold beer.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
TM I took the class in 2007 to get my license.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
TM After 2 weeks on the road for our honeymoon on the motorcycles from Iowa to Wisconsin to get married and then on to Oregon and back home, we were on our last leg and I was catching a bad cold. When we arrived at the hotel, I got into the parking lot and forgot to put my kickstand down and me and my bike landed in the grass next to the parking stall we parked in. I laughed at how stupid I was for forgetting but laughed at how lucky I was to not hit pavement. I have never ridden without being fully functional and healthy ever since.
SA Favorite post ride beverage?
TM Cold beer probably. Busch Light to hydrate. Whiskey as a nightcap if we get somewhere late, and if we ride for breakfast somewhere, a glass of champagne.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
TM 1. Encourage more women to get their license to ride.
Learn how to fix my old Beemer and change oil on it BY MYSELF.
Go on a solo trip
SA Name 3 long term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
TM 1. Ride on the Road of Bones in Mongolia (Long Way Round inspired)
Take a trip to Ecuador to ride to the ocean, the rainforest and mountains all in one day.
Be one of the lucky ladies who gets to compete in the GS Trophy.