LM I live pretty much where I kick Pearl’s side stand down.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
LM Getting bitten by the biking bug: When I scrawled my name down in a competition at the NEC’s Motorcycle Live 2012—I had no notion that it’d lead to winning much more than the runner up prize – a morning’s wobbling on two wheels. The next thing you know, I’d passed my test first time with the Shires Motorcycle Training School and got busy riding Pearl, a F650GS. This, coupled with a two day course with Simon Pavey’s Off Road Skills School in South Wales—I was no natural rider—paved the way for a more challenging adventure, encompassing dirt tracks off the roads less travelled.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
LM Pearl, my BMW F650GS
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
LM Far too challenging a question, ask me another! So many throughout South, Central and North America, and then there’s England, Scotland and Wales, oh and Europe…
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
LM The spontaneity of it all I think. We wake up never knowing what’s in store for us, who or what we’ll encounter. Individuals we’ve met randomly are opening our minds to a planet of different perspectives. Argentina’s people have left a lifelong impression on us; we’re possibly becoming the most contented and friendliest versions of ourselves. It’s the most satisfying way we’ve travelled to date, overwhelming and grueling at times—but it’s the balance of high highs and low lows that somehow feeds the soul all the more. We’re thriving on it—it’s addictive.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
LM I guess to a degree, yes. Before becoming nomadic, I used to be a scuba diving instructor and taught around the watery globe on and off for ten years.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
LM More women.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
LM A good cuppa coffee and great riding weather, in that order.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
LM I’m pretty amped about exploring Alaska on two wheels.
SA Do you personally operate or work at a women-owned/operated moto related website, blog, or business that you’d like to tell us about? If so, what is it?
LM Our personal blog, http://twowheelednomad.com. I’m one of four female editors (and a product tester) for http://expeditionportal.com. I also produce written content for http://www.overlandjournal.com, http://adventuremotorcycle.com, and a few other print / digital publications in the US and UK. It’s a dream of a job if I’m honest!
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
LM I’d say the first six months riding hundreds of miles of ripio (loose gravel) in South America–a pretty steep learning curve after not long having gained my license. It was akin to the Tortoise and the Hare scenario, which is why Jason used to call me ‘Captain Slow’.
SA Favorite food?
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
LM I met Jay Kay from Jamiroquai on his KTM 990, my riding buddies (four guys) and I ended up chatting over a beer, and partying back at his holiday home off the northwest coast of Scotland all night, with his current blonde Russian girlfriend. Quite surreal but ace fun, that guy is a wired ball of energy.
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
LM A dark ale.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
LM To keep riding, wheel my way up to Alaska on Pearl and improve my sand-riding skills.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
LM To encourage as many men and women to get riding, to stay safe astride two wheels and to continue telling tales on the trails.