ET Seattle, WA. I visited Seattle 5 years ago and the city utterly stole my heart.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
ET First Gen 2006 Ducati Multistrada 620 and 1988 Honda NX 125
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
ET I took a 12-day solo trip to Canada in the summer of 2014 and it was the most magical place I’ve ever been.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
ET It was one of those things that sort of came into my life unexpectedly. When I first moved to Seattle, I bought a baby Buddy 50cc scooter so that I could learn the city streets. I would go out for the day, with the intention of getting lost and then I would try to find my way back home. Well, one day, I stuck my wheel in a trolly track and wound up biffing it. After a few months hiatus from riding, I would go pace around next to the scooter trying to will myself to get back on it, which I eventually did…because my love for two wheels was stronger than my fear of getting hurt again. I wound up upgrading to a 250cc scooter with motorcycle sized wheels a few months later. I rode that baby 2,100 miles in the course of 2 months. At that point, a friend of mine decided that I was ridiculous and taught me how to ride a motorcycle. I rode this old CB350 Four Honda up and down a street for a few days and the next thing I knew, I owned my first motorcycle.
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
ET I am a founder of the Rainier Ravens.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
ET I have an ever-growing case of wanderlust that gets stronger with every year. Motorcycling offers me a sense of independence and freedom in adventuring that I haven’t been able to get in any other way. I love riding by myself and I love distance riding. No one can ever take away the sense of pride I get when I complete a multi-thousand mile trip that I planned and prepped for myself.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
ET Since day 1, baby.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
ET More confidence! Don’t ever let anyone tell you, including yourself, that you can’t do something you love.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
ET The notion that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. 7 years ago, I got into my overly packed Honda Civic, with my wee cat companion Otis, and began to drive across the country to begin a new chapter of my life in California. A lot has happened since then. I’ve been pushed in ways I never knew I would have to be, learned what true independence is, struggled doing so, lost a lot, gained even more…had some epic adventures, found a new passion, and met some of the most amazing and inspiring people…ever. I never planned to leave Minnesota and there are so many people and things I miss. But my friendships stand the tests of time and distance, and Minneapolis is a great place to come visit (in the Fall). Throughout this process, I have learned to stop planning my life and just live each day as it comes, in the moment, for myself…and I couldn’t be happier. So, my inspiration comes from 7 fantastic years I never planned to have…and to so many more to come!
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
ET Europe! I would love experiencing long distance riding in a country that is so fully immersed in the motorcycle culture.
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
ET Never had one.
SA Favorite motorcycle book?
ET Motorcycles I’ve Loved by Lily Brooks Dalton
SA Have you ridden internationally? If so, where?
ET Not yet!
SA Favorite food?
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
ET Lemonade Coconut Water!
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
ET Before my days on a motorcycle, I was on a ride in Fall City, WA on my 250 scooter. I was approaching this big burly Harley dude and he went to give me the hand signal, and when he realized I was on a scooter he swung his hand around and pretended like he was stretching instead of acknowledging my presence.
SA What is the most important advice you have ever received?
ET “Let it go”, “look through your turns”, and “be present – where am I and what am I doing?”
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
ET These 3 goals are all relative for my upcoming summer solo adventure 1. Upgrade my 125cc dirt bike to a 250cc dirt bike for increased adventure! 2. Complete rigging my adventure van 3. Try a different kind of solo motorcycle trip this year that eliminates the boring highway miles and includes forest service roads, includes camping, and is done on a dirt bike instead of my Multistrada. Just trying to mix things up by continuing to push myself outside of my comfort zone!
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
ET 1. Ride across the country 2. Publish a book about my solo adventures 3. Continue to grow the Rainier Ravens and encourage a community that uplifts other women consistently and effortlessly.