EH I currently live in Nebraska as this is where I grew up. When I met my husband years ago, we were both young parents raising small children with other people, which meant we would stay here till they were grown. That day has come!
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
EH Nearly 3 years ago we met another couple at a music festival. The husbands got to talking and by the end of the day my man was fully inspired to return to motorcycling (a love which had gone by the wayside as he focused on parenting). Two weeks later he had taken the Rider Safety course and bought a big Harley. Although I was fearful, I trusted him and rode on the back through many states and for many miles. That first Summer, we were on a trip to Montana and he got to talking to a guy about our plan to ride all 50 states, and he was told we absolutely needed an enduro bike for the trip to Alaska. When we got back he bought a 1200gs Adventure. I thought everything was perfect. However, less than a month later, he said the words that would change everything. “Ya know honey, to do the kind of riding I’d REALLY like to do…is gonna require you being on your own bike.”… I was dumbstruck. The idea of riding had never even crossed my mind. How could I ride a motorcycle? I had never even driven a stick shift car, and truth be told, I wasn’t even very confident on a bicycle!!! But…how could I say no to my man? How could I say, “No, sorry, you don’t get to do the kind of riding you’d REALLY like to do, because I am too scared…”??? So I said yes. And that has made all the difference.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
EH 2007 f650 gs
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
EH We are on a mission to ride all 50 states, so any road that takes us to new places is my favorite! So much to see and so little time!
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
EH Being one with the road, the air, the scenery. Very calming. Exploring the outdoors, camping, hiking. All of these things are best off the beaten trail, and a motorbike it the perfect vehicle to take you there!
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
EH Not at all!!! I had always had a lot of fear. My mother was a nurse, so my entire life I was looking for the danger in every activity and letting it control me. It kept me from experiencing so many things. Once I started riding behind my man though, it was like I suddenly realized that even if I died today, it would be worth it because I was LIVING!!! I have laughed, I have loved, and I have been loved, and even if it all ended today, it would have been a far better life than I ever would have dreamed I would get to have. I wish I would have realized all of that sooner, but, you live and you learn.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
EH We must make it to Alaska to complete the mission. After that, we have some big plans… 😀
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?
EH I do not, however, I do plan to be selling most of my worldly belongings over the next 12 months, which includes MANY adventure motorcycle and camping related products, so if there is anything any of you ladies need, hit me up! I even have everything one would need to lower a BMW f650gs as I had mine raised when I upgraded to the Touratech suspension. Please email me at or find us on Facebook at Motorgypsies where I will soon have a whole list of goodies for sale!
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
EH Exactly one month after I started riding, we were 20 minutes into what was to be a 12 day ride through the Southeast US. I was passing a semi on a graded highway and developed a bad wobble at 70 mph. I went down, bike and I slid, truck went around, and I put my gear to the test! My husband was ahead of me but watched the whole incident unfold in his mirror. Thankfully I was wearing good stuff, and was able to walk away. When he got to me on the side of the road, he immediately held me and said “That’s it, you’re not riding anymore. I can’t watch you die in my rearview mirror.” I rode back to the house in the tow truck alone with the driver, and as fate would have it, he was a rider himself. He basically said there are two types of riders, people who go down and never ride again, and people who get back on the bike. He told me of his own brush with death and how he went on to keep riding. I was inspired! When we got back home, we loaded all of our gear onto the Harley, and I rode pillion that trip with my left hand wrapped in ice and elevated to reduce the swelling. Once I healed up, I told my man that I wanted to ride again. He said maybe he would just take off his mirrors….
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
EH We were riding off road around Tom Steed Lake in Oklahoma and due to the heavy rains there was LOTS of difficult areas and my husband was getting quite a workout picking up BOTH of our bikes. (yes, he picks up my bike, sorry ladies!) After spending nearly an hour getting his 1200gs out of a mud hole that it had somehow ended up in upside down, he was rather exhausted. An hour later, I dropped my bike again, and this time my head hit the ground so hard I couldn’t get up right away. While I laid there, he picked the bike up and then helped me to my feet. I just started to cry. As we hugged and I cried, we leaned on the bike, and it instantly fell over. At that point my tears turned to laughter and we just stood there and laughed. I haven’t laughed that hard in years.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
EH 1.Improve off road skills. 2.Get more experience doing motorcycle maintenance. 3.Ride to Alaska.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
EH 1.Quit job. 2.Ride bike. 3.Live. Possibly die trying.