EG On the road – because the matrix is unbearable!
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
EG An American motorcycle traveler I met in Nazca, Peru back in 2013. Ryan taught me to ride and helped me pick my first bike…in a washing machine shop:)
SA What bike(s) do you own?
EG Suzuki DR650
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
EG I don’t belong to any particular group, but I do belong to the international community of women ADV riders across the globe!
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
EG Carretera Austral, Chile: the pristine nature of Southern Patagonia and the feeling of ultimate solitude riding the gravel roads along the Andes is something I’d love to do again and again.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
EG I think it was the amazing Lois Pryce who said, ‘when you ride a motorcycle, you’re not looking at the picture – you’re IN it’. I think she nailed it: when you’re travelling on two wheels, you’re part of the world instead of being a passive observer separated from the people and the environment by windows and doors.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
EG Absolutely. When I was 12 years old, I made a deal with my parents: I wouldn’t get any birthday or Christmas presents, but they’d send me on a trip abroad every year. So I traveled all over Europe by tourist buses, sneaking away from guides who were supposed to look after me and exploring European capitals on my own. As soon as I turned 18, I’d hitch hike from Lithuania to Portugal and back just for the sake of it; later on, I had my backpacking period, and then I learned to ride.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
EG I’d like to see women riders taking up more space. I’d like to see women riders get louder! And most of all, I’d be thrilled to see a shift in the perception of women riders in general: too often, I feel like we’re absolved of being tough or making crazy decisions about riding destinations just because we’re women – it’s like we’re seen as these wondrous kids or handicapped unicorns just because we’re not as big in numbers as our male counterparts. I think it’s time we concentrate on the riding, and skip the emphasis on being female!
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
EG The promise of finding out what’s over the next mountain, across the next river, or past another country border.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
EG Around Africa: I’ve been toying with the idea to ride around the African continent for quite some time now!
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?
EG A ride from Ushuaia to Tolhuin in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina: I was caught in a snowstorm on the Garibaldi pass, and learned that skiing on your motorbike isn’t much fun at all!
SA Favorite food?
EG Argentinean steak
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
EG Falling off a bridge into the river with my bike! It wasn’t funny in that moment, but I couldn’t help but laugh at myself once I fished my bike out of the water and dragged it to the shore. We both must have been a pretty sight, soaking wet with weeds dangling from the bike’s handlebars and my jacket pockets!
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
EG Cold beer
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
EG 1. Get better at riding off road. 2. Inspire more women to ride. 3. Get a helmet that can comfortably contain my dreads!:)
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
EG 1. Ride around Africa and Asia 2. Finish my book about rookie ADV riding 3. Help other women to get into ADV riding.