LS: Riding motorcycles gives me a sense of freedom. It also makes me feel like I’m in control and can basically go anywhere I want, without boundaries.
SA: Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
LS: Yes. I grew up riding horses. I lived in the country where all of my neighborhood friends had horses too. Every day after school we would jump on our horses to go for a ride cross-country. Our daily rides were very adventuresome and as we gained experience would push our limits quite regularly!
SA: What would you like to see more of when it comes to women and riding?
LS: Women-specific riding gear, like riding clothing, protective gear, boots, etc. We have several good brands to choose from like KLIM, KTM, SIDI, and ARAI but we are often limited to men sizes only with little or no choices specific to women. Would love to see these manufacturers provide more gear for women.
SA: Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
1. Would like to ride the complete WA BDR.
2. Would like to ride the ID BDR.
3. Would like to tour the Canadian Rockies, Glacier National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.
SA: Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
1. Would like to ride all of the BDR’s.
2. Would like to ride through every state in the USA.
3. Would like to tour Europe on a motorcycle.
SA: What was your first bike?
LS: 1996 Harley Davidson Low Rider (purchased in 1998)
SA: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
LS: As a breast cancer survivor I wake up thankful for the gift of health. I’ve lost many pink sisters to this disease so I don’t take waking up everyday for granted. Also, I love seeing the view from our home in Leavenworth of the Enchantment mountains, Icicle Ridge, and Tumwater mountain. It inspires thoughts of where should we ride today? We like to ride up high so we can see even more!
SA: If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be?
SA: What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
LS: Lower Mad River trail. The single track is super narrow with the river raging far below. I have an issue with the left side drops. The length of the narrow single track and height got to my head and I wanted to quit. But I kept on riding through and finally made it without falling.
SA: Where is your favorite ride?
LS: Leavenworth, WA – FS7401 from Eagle Creek Canyon to Derby Canyon on my KTM 350 EXC-F. The road is twisty and uphill. I like to go fast and try to pass my husband or whoever is in front of me!
SA: Do you have a name for your motorcycle?
LS: The only bike I have a nickname for is my KTM 990 Baja Adventure – ‘the dirt monster’.
SA: How many countries have you ridden in?
LS: Two – USA and Canada.
SA: Favorite food?
LS: Seafood. I grew up in Anacortes so I was fortunate to have lots of fresh seafood!
SA: What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
LS: Age 10 on a Honda 70.
SA: What is your current ADV bike?
LS: Two ADV bikes – 2013 KTM 990 Adventure Baja and a 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure
SA: Favorite post-ride beverage?
LS: A cold beer.
SA: Funniest thing that ever happened to you on a ride?
LS: Riding through a herd of cattle. If you beep your horn the calves gallop around and kick up their heels.
SA: What is the most important advice you have ever received?
LS: Where you look is where you go. Always keep your eyes on where you want to steer your bike and it will go there!
SA: Who inspired your motorcycle dreams?
LS: Three ladies actually: Mary McGee, Shalmarie Wilson and Stephanie Terrien.