Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
Benicia, California. Benicia seems to be the best-kept secret in the Bay Area. It’s a historic small town by the water with its own state park. It’s half-way between Berkeley and Napa–a win-win.
What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
I’ve been wanting to ride a motorcycle as long as I can remember. As a kid, I pretended my bicycle was a motorcycle and at night in my dreams I dreamed of riding a motorcycle. An older neighborhood kid had a motorcycle and he let me sit on it–that sealed the deal. My father had an old motorcycle in the garage he thought of fixing up one day.
What bike(s) do you own?
BMW 1200 GSA
Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
I sometimes ride with Dangerous Curves and Moto Girls, two local groups run by women.
Where is your favorite ride and why?
We are so spoiled with beautiful riding landscapes in the Bay Area. People come here from all over the world to ride. Any direction I go turns into stunningly beautiful riding territory. Highway 1 is still one of my favorites, closely followed by rides to the Sierras.
Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
The close connection to nature tops my list. For me, riding is a spiritual practice. Being in the moment, connecting to something larger like nature or leaning into curves (or life) are important spiritual principles in most spiritual traditions.
Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
I’ve always loved to travel and be connected to nature–if that’s considered adventure: yes!
What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
I’d love to see a magazine dedicated to women riders, as well as more riding classes for women, apparel and visibility in general. I am also interested to hear how other women negotiate riding with aging and sometimes hurting bodies.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I am a chaplain and chaplain educator. Serving the patients and employees at my hospital and training the next generation of chaplains is very meaningful to me. When I am on a ride, the adventure that I am in the middle of and that lays ahead gets me out of bed. That and the fact I don’t want to run out of daylight! (Not a morning person.)
If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
I’ve been wanting to ride in Morocco. But anywhere in the US and Canada would be just fine–the beauty in those two countries is astounding; and I have MUCH more to explore.
What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
Probably when I bought my first used BMW in Germany in the early nineties. I rode about 400 in the pouring rain from Cologne to Berlin without any proper gear. I remember falling into bed when I got home and sleeping the sleep of the dead.
Is chocolate a food?
What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
When I rode in Norway I was so taken by the scenery that I once almost didn’t make it around the curve after a gorgeous fjord and mountain appeared in front of me. I pulled over and made a deal with myself–either sightseeing OR riding–not both at the same time. On that same trip I also found myself in the middle of a herd of cows once. Still can’t remember how exactly THAT happened.
Favorite post-ride beverage?
It it’s cold–tea. If it’s warm, beer or margarita.
Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
Practice my newly learned skills in off-road riding. Connect with other ADV women riders (hey, I am doing it!). Figure out how to ride with elbow and shoulder pain.
Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
Take off a month or more to ride. Take off two months or more to ride. Take off three months or more to ride.