SA Where do you currently live? Why do you live there?
EW Lander,WY. I have lived here my whole life and it holds my heart. It has everything this girl could want. It provides for many outdoor adventures. Riding, hiking, camping, hunting, climbing, the list goes on. There are deserts, prairies, lakes and mountains all within my reach.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
EW My parents. My dad taught my mom to ride when they first got together and my siblings and I would ride behind them as soon as we could hold on. Prior to that we rode on the gas tank between their arms for short distances at low speeds. When I was around 4 years old my dad restored an old Kawasaki 75 and we learned to ride it.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
EW Kawasaki ZX 12 R, Kawasaki GPZ 750, Kawasaki KDX 250, Kawasaki KX 65 (mostly for the kids now )…. Yes I love Kawasaki!!
SA Are you part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
EW Not at this time. My area provides for many outdoor opportunities but there is not very many groups, or people for that matter compared to many other places.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
EW I have so many it really depends on the weather and what I am riding. I love riding across the desert on my dirtbike, high speeds throwing roost and beautiful views for miles when you can see 60 miles any direction on a clear day. Some days it the asphalt and winding mountain passes that call to me like Beartooth Pass, or Teton Pass. Occasionally I look to something more technical and test my luck and the animal trails that crisscross the mountain tops and lead to hidden patches of paradise.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
EW I love how I feel when I ride. I feel free, I can feel, smell and taste the terrain that I am riding. You are in the nature and elements, you are part of the ride and the ride is part of you.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
EW Yes. The thrill that adventure provides is contagious and I caught it at a young age. I am always looking for some fun and adventure that’s when I feel fully alive and work is just what I do to pay for my next bit of living (adventure).
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
EW I am starting to see it already. Connecting, talking, encouraging. Sharing tips and tricks and pushing each other to be better. The love and compassion that is spreading is amazing and my hope is that it continues to grow and spread.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
EW The thought of see what adventure me and my family can get into that day. Even if we have work and school we manage to find something to do with the rest of the day. It may be even something as simple as a quick ride to end the day and watch the sunset from the seat of your ride.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
EW Alaska, have never been and want go!
SA Do you personally operate or work at a women owned/operated moto related website, blog or business that you would like to tell folks about?
EW No, but I would love to! How is hiring?
SA What was your worse day on a motorcycle?
EW I have dropped mine a couple of times and that sucks, but when my husband called me and he had hit a deer on his my heart sank. Luckily he had his gear on and made a full recovery but it is definitely not a fun call to get and I am sure it we be worse to make, or have to have someone else make. We all know the risks though and I feel you can be making the same call about a car accident too so it wont be stopping me from riding.
SA What is your favorite food?
EW I love pizza!! So good.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
EW 4 years old, up and down the alley behind my house until the neighbors called the cops because they were tired of listening to my bike go back and forth.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
EW I was out jumping dirt bikes with my husband (though we were just dating at the time and around 16 or 17) and we were pushing each other to go bigger. We jumped on my little brothers KX 65 and hit this lip as fast as we could to pop it in the air. He hit it 3rd gear full pin and flew a good 12 ft in the air and probably close to 18 feet distance. With such a small bike under him it walked right out from under him and he landed on his feet trying to hold the bike up (front wheel in the air and back wheel in the dirt) I feel it would have worked if the throttle was not still full pin. When it hit it pulled him forward on his face. We laughed hard and he explained he couldn’t keep the bike under him so being as arrogant as I am I said watch me! He coached me on the speed and gear to be in on the approach and I was determined to do it better. I came in to the approach hot, just as he had, and boy oh boy did I fly! I attempted to keep the bike under me and did slightly better then Jake (my husband), however I landed with my chest on the rear tire fender and again whiskey throttle was in full effect. Luckily when I hit it jarred my hand from the throttle and I rode only about 5 feet balanced on the rear tire fender before the bike lost momentum (or balance) and the bike and I slid threw the dirt. It all happened so fast and my adrenaline was so pumped I jumped up and yelled “I’m alright” before falling over and realizing the wind had been knocked outta me. Other then that I was fine and so was the bike so we laughed for many days about flying through the air with neither one of us being able to one up the other. It’s the only day we have ever called a draw.
SA Favorite post ride beverage?
EW A nice cold Pepsi and when I am not driving anymore I add some whiskey to that Pepsi!
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
EW Wheelies (they scare me but I want to be able to do them so bad), better/bigger jumps, improved confidence in my abilities
SA Name 3 long term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
EW I guess 3 above is also a long term goal, but I also want to make money riding so I don’t have to stop doing what I love.