Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
Currently, I am living on the road – with my husband and our two bikes, Rosie and Mabel.
What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
My older brother rode motorbikes when I was young, and I always looked up to him when I was young, so the seed was planted! As I got older and life got too busy for horses, I missed the rush of moving at speed with the wind rushing past me, the sun on my face and the feeling of freedom. So, at 26, I replaced horses with motorbikes!
What bike(s) do you own?
Rosie – a Honda CT110 ‘postie’ bike from Australia
Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
Being on the road, its more difficult to keep a connection to community – enter social media. Social media based groups are an asset when you are travelling and I am currently a member of women’s riding pages on Facebook, most notably Women Adventure Riders (US based group) and Women Adventure Riders Australia.
Where is your favorite ride and why?
I have been fortunate to ride many amazing routes, before and during this trip. My favourites include the Top of the World Highway, a random dirt road that a local advised us to ride from Clinton, British Columbia and a section of the Pony Express through Utah and Nevada, to name but a few!
Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
I ride to feel free. To feel alive. To feel completely present in the moment. Sometimes I complain at the exposure, particularly in cold rainy weather, but really, the joy in riding is the willingness to let go and be completely vulnerable. Riding has helped me gain confidence in myself and assisted me to be able to let go and just be in the moment.
Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
I have always had an adventurous spirit. My dad taught me that I could do anything and achieve anything my heart desired. I always dreamed big! This included eloping to Las Vegas to be married by Elvis, crossing the Australian desert by four wheel drive, riding scooters through Vietnam and driving through Malawi, Zambia and South Africa. Now, my adventures have taken me through the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, with more Central and Southern American countries to follow!
What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
Besides seeing more women riding bikes, I would like to see a greater level of equality in protective and functional riding gear, for an equitable price. And manufacturers – please leave the pink and floral designs off some of your products!
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Knowing that I am on this completely amazing adventure and that I get to make the most of each day on my bike and with my best friend.
If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
The next year is about finishing my adventures in the Americas. I hope to reach Ushuaia and then return to travel the east coast of America and Canada.
Do you personally operate or work at a women-owned/operated moto-related website, blog, or business that you’d like to tell folks about?
My husband and I write a blog for our adventures. The blog initially started as a way to keep my parents updated on our movements, but has become a way to keep in touch with the wonderful people we have met along the way. Everyone has an amazing story to tell and every meeting has been a pleasure. You can check out our blog at OverYondaOnAHonda.com or find us on Facebook at Over Yonda on a Honda
What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
My worst day on a motorcycle was also my best day on a motorcycle. Its not a day when I got hurt physically, but a day when I had to rise above my emotion. We had ventured onto an unnamed gravel road which quickly descended into a track and then a riverbed, before becoming a very narrow goat track on the edge of a rather large drop off. It was Arizona, in August – a hot and wonderfully bright day in the desert. The ride was challenging and pushing me, but in a good way and then, a very long descent. Steep, rolling rocks – far too big for my small capacity bike. After two drops, my confidence began to dive and the sun soon started to follow suit. A mere two kilometres from town, the track ends in a very big fence with a very big lock and a very big sign saying ‘Active minesite, keep out’. This meant riding all the way back to the highway – the track that just took us three hours. I looked at my husband, feeling completely exhausted and overwhelmed, I burst into tears and plonked on the ground. After a moment of panic, my poor bewildered husband, said ‘Uummm I am just going to ride Mabel up and I will come back for you’. I sat on the ground and cried for a few minutes, drank some water, pulled myself together and jumped back on the bike. We rode until 11pm that night. A night which I now look back on with great fondness.
My favourite food, without a doubt, is yummy scrummy deep fried potato chips!
What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
I learnt to ride when I was 26 years old. A decision most definitely not regretted!
Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
One night, in bear country in Canada, we had parked the bikes and set up our camp. As we had food on our bikes, we always alarmed them and parked them a distance away from our camp, in case a bear tried to sample our treats. We figured the loud alarm would scare off any unwanted bike molesters! About midnight, I was awoken by a very worried husband, who informed me the bike alarm was going off. It stopped, so my solution was to go back to sleep. Not long after, I was awoken again, this time by an even more worried husband, with the alarm going off again. After some debating on who should face death to protect the bikes, we both ventured out there. My husband with the bear spray cocked and an air horn in hand. We discovered it was simply soft ground that had caused Rosie to fall into Mabel. At that moment, the alarm retriggered and my very brave husband squeezed the trigger to the bear spray, sending the spray straight past my face! Thankfully, there were no effects and we both ventured back to bed unscathed!
Favorite post-ride beverage?
I wish I could say something healthy, like water. But after a long ride, nothing quite cuts it like an ice cold beer if its been a hot ride, or a warming rum if its been a cool one. I always make sure to drink plenty of water though!
Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
I want to continue to build my riding skills and confidence and to accept that when I do fall, it does not need to affect my confidence. 2. I would like to complete my journey through the Americas on my motorbike Rosie. 3. My goal is ride Rosie through Africa, Europe and Asia and ride her back into Australia.
Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
To contribute to the ADV industry in a productive manner 2. To inspire others to get out there and ride their dream ride – it doesn’t matter what bike you ride, what gear you own or whether you are ‘ready’ – if you can dream it, you can do it. 3. To actively participate in encouraging women to ride and to participate in building the industry.