GG A lifetime Washingtonian, born and raised here and couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful place to call home. The mountains, coast, desert, lakes and rivers… Washington has it all. I will be moving to Germany in March 2016
SA What bike(s) do you own?
GG 2011 F650GS (twin)
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
GG I have journeyed over 41K miles in 14 months through North and Central America, and have rode so many beautiful regions– the twisties in Northern California, the mountains of central Mexico, the volcanic slopes of Guatemala or the coastline of New Foundland to name a few. It’s a 5 Start day when I’m on my moto. I know where I don’t like to ride and that’s Western Texas! Boring .. yawn…!!
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
GG I have a boyfriend who rides and I started riding on back 6 years ago. We’d meet up with groups for day rides and a lot of women riders would show up. They inspired me to try it myself. Got my endorsement in 2009 and the love affair began.
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
GG The Dirty Girls, Western Washington Lady Riders.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
GG Here’s my best way to describe my experience with riding: It’s like being IN the movie vs. just watching it. Being one with the machine and the road – I ride for the thrill, pure joy and fun of it. It makes a journey so much more engaging.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
GG I’ve always been an adventure seeker for sure, tons of wanderlust and love to explore and seek new experiences. It doesn’t always make my Mom happy, in fact, she thought I’d grow out of it. Ha ha!! She knows you can’t change a leopards spots!
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
More women’s gear! We don’t nearly as many options as men, and that needs to change!
SA Do you personally operate/own a women owned moto-related business, website or blog that you’d like to tell everyone about? If so, what is it?
GG I’m Co-founder of MotoStays.com, a global accommodation website. MotoStays is about travel and people; we connect motorcyclists with live-in hosts who open their homes to travelers allowing you to share resources and enjoy benefits you can’t get at a hotel. Save money for the things you love to do when traveling, not on accommodations! We help connect you to cool people who share your passion and get the scoop only locals know. Stays are 100% free between members. Whether traveling for weekend, a vacation or an around-the-world trek, our goal is to help you spend less and experience more. I invite you to check out the website at: or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
GG It depends, if it’s a regular work day, I linger. If it’s a go have fun day, the excitement and thought of hooking up with friends and anticipation of what the day will bring is serious joy injection.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
GG I am moving to Germany in March 2016, so exploring the heck out of Europe is a no brainer. Heading east into Czechoslovakia, Poland are likely first.
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
GG 4 months into a year long moto journey, I wiped out on sand and broke my ankle. I sat in emergency room a literally bawled for 4 hours, not because of the pain, because I thought my journey was going to be interrupted. Turns out, there was nothing they could do, so my boot served as my cast and I continued the ride.
SA Favorite motorcycle book?
GG I’m not a big reader, so don’t have a favorite.
SA Have you ridden internationally? If so, where?
GG Canada, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, Panama, Costa Rica.
SA Favorite food?
GG Tacos! Hands down
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
GG 47 years
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
GG Usually water, followed with glass of wine or a beer.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
GG I was a relatively new rider on my first cruiser, my helmet visor was really fogged up when I took off from a parking lot. Thinking I was pulling out into the road, I throttled hard and hit a parking curb and launched over it like a boss. Amazing I didn’t wipe out considering I hardly even knew how to ride the thing.
SA What is the most important advice you have ever received?
GG Always ride your own ride. Don’t get caught up or pressure yourself to ride beyond your skill.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
GG Up my game on off-road riding skills
Learn to navigate better
Pop a wheelie and get really good at it
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
GG Using my motorcycle and travel experience to inspire others.
Leading or participating in an all ladies cross country or international tour.
Take a 2nd long term motorcycle tour through all parts Asia.