CW I currently live in Southern Utah because I don’t have to shovel sunshine! Originally, I’m from the Pacific Northwest for 36 years before moving to Salt Lake City, UT.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
CW A single parent, my then young son wanted soooo badly to ride a motorcycle. So, I bought him a Honda XR80 and me an XR100 and joined a motorcycle club affiliated with my work. We spent pretty much every weekend for several years camping and riding the trails.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
CW I still have my Honda XR200R, a Wee Strom, BMW F650GS and my newest ride a BMW R1200GSA.
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
CW I belong to several Women’s Facebook Groups but nothing locally, yet 🙂
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
CW Wow, there have been so many. I’ll put my 2014 Yukon/Alaska trip as one of the most outstanding, fun, and challenging rides I’ve done. Another huge ride was the 2011 Iron Butt Rally where I rode all lower 48 states in 10 1/2 days! Wow, what a ride 🙂
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
CW Why? It’s in my blood. For the years I didn’t ride, I missed it terribly. It’s such an empowering thing to do, giving me complete control and freedom. Oh, and it is a TON of FUN, too!
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
CW Yes. I’ve traveled the world and now I’d like to do it again, on a motorcycle! I’m typically up for a good adventure.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
CW I would like to see more mainstream media covering or showcasing women and riding. Not just racing, but any kind of riding.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
CW Usually the sun streaming through my bedroom windows.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
CW So many choices! I would probably ride throughout Europe but South Africa, Central & South America, Australia, New Zealand and lots of other places come in a close second.
SA 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?
CW I try to keep a blog on my motorcycle adventures.
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
CW When I got hit from behind by another motorcyclist and I ended up being life-flighted to a hospital for emergency surgery. Recuperation took almost 6 months.
SA Favorite food?
CW Maple bars
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
CW Late 20’s
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
CW Watching riders compete in a “Blind” ride where their helmets were covered by a large mask and they had to ride to a target with the on-lookers shouting directions at the rider. Simply hilarious!
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
CW Vodka and Squirt
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
CW Improve my off-road skills on the R1200GSA, continue meeting and riding with like minded women (and men) and get comfortable with motorcycle camping.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
CW Expand my blog audience, make riding centered videos, be involved in bringing women’s events and accomplishments to the mainstream.