MM Sydney Australia. I migrated to Australia 8 years ago fro South Africa and was born in Zimbabwe, so this is my second ‘migration’.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
MM I have been riding dirt bikes since childhood. As an adult I got tired of riding pillion, so decided to get my own wheels!
SA What bike(s) do you own?
MM BMW GS F700
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
MM GRO which stands for “Girls Ride Out” in Sydney Australia.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
MM I love the countryside around Sydney – amazing hills, corners and beautiful countryside – it feels like the English countryside. My most exciting ride was 1200km off road through Cambodia in 2015. I fell in love with the people and the place…arriving at Angkor Wat was a spectacular highlight!
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
MM The incredible sense of freedom! I feel like a child! It’s thrilling and meditative…being alone with my own thoughts, yet riding with company. I find ‘bikers’ to be spectacularly generous people – kindred spirits…and a great deal of fun to boot!
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
MM I feel afraid, yet also compelled to try despite what I might feel afraid of…I have sky dived, kayaked down rapids, dived with great whites, hiked into the mountains, migrated to start a new life with nothing…started a business…and some less adventurous things which have scared me more, like having children!
SA Do you run a moto-related business, blog or website?
MM Yes! Our blog is Just Say Yes about our travels, beginning with the adventure of Paul and I getting married!
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
MM I love the way women support each other, encouragement always goes a looooong way! My greatest mentors on the bike have been women. There was a time it was all too hard and I wanted to give up. I can look back at the women who helped me with gratitude. And we somehow just reach out to each other.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
MM My beautiful ‘puppies’! I have two Dachshund who are the love of my life…their enthusiasm is a tonic to kick start any day.
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
MM My partner Paul and I are in planning stages for a massive trip, starting from LA around March 2017 – we hope to travel up to Canada, Alaska and then back through the USA to South America. We are resigning from our jobs with no return date, so who knows which continent we tackle after the Americas? We have connected with The Muskoka Foundation – Do Good As You Go, hoping to work with and experience communities we travel to.
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
MM The day I did my riders test for my P-license (provisional license). I dropped my bike during the test and failed the test. I went home with a buckled bike, buckled ego and shaking in my boots thinking that it was all too hard and wondering “what was I doing trying to ride a motorcycle?!” That night I messages my friends: “What is worse than dropping your bike during your P-test? …Having to ask the examiner to help you pick it up!” A sense of humour has never failed to lift my spirits! LOL.
SA Favorite food?
MM Thai and salads.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
MM About 8 years old.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
MM Riding off road through rural Cambodia we were travelling fast through rice paddies along extremely rutted tracks. I got ‘kicked’ off my bike when I hit a particularly big rut, flew over the handlebars and landed on my head. I would have landed in the rice paddy had I not held onto the handlebars with my right hand! Wrenched my shoulder and ego…and no, the Go Pro was not on at the time (unfortunately!)
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
MM Riding the Americas – reaching far northern Alaska, down to Patagonia.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
MM Riding the Americas, then South Africa up to Europe, then from Europe across Asia back to Australia – that should take a few years?! I hope to have few falls and many magic moments…but also realise that sometimes the two are intertwined…