MF: White River Junction, Vermont. I love New England and the four seasons. It is also nicely located to ride, a secondary benefit. Yes, we have winter, but you have to “tend to business” some time, and winter offers that opportunity.
SA: What bike(s) do you own?
MF: ’07 BMW F650 single (101,xxx miles) and’12 BMW F650 twin (62,500 mioles)
SA: Where is your favorite ride and why?
MF: I return to the Blue Ridge Parkway the most – nice sweepers, I haven’t seen a lot of traffic, it’s beautiful, there are facilities, it’s relaxing. But anything rural with terrain variety.
SA: What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
MF: First, my uncle, then an ex boyfriend.
SA: Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
MF: I mostly ride alone, but I participate in many groups, women’s and male/female.
SA: Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
MF: It gives me freedom, confidence, grounding (no pun intended), peace, excitement, and friends.
SA: Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
MF: Relative term, but yes, I suppose I have.
SA: What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
MF: Groups like SheADV who mentor and encourage women. Hopefully some day your sex will not be an issue and we will all be riders.
SA: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
MF: I’m hungry! Seriously, the upcoming day’s experiences and love of life.
SA: If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
MF: Alaska. It is the last state, other than Hawaii, that I haven’t ridden in. At age 74, I’m not sure it is something I will do, though.
SA: What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
MF: Probably my first solo trip. It was mid October, and I seemed to chase the sun most of the way to Maine. It was cold, and I didn’t have heated gear or heated grips. One day when I wasn’t riding (visiting), the sun was out and the weather gorgeous. The next day I went to the Farnsworth Museum in Rockport, Maine to see the Wyeth exhibit – and especially Christina’s World, which was on loan to the museum. There was frost on the seat of my bike when I got going (amazingly enough, it did start; didn’t usually in the cold). I knew rain was coming, so I zooshed through the museum as quickly as I could and still take in what I could. It was starting to drizzle as I mounted up. It took me five hours riding in the rain with 42 degree temperatures to get home. I stopped only once – for gas. If I warmed up, I was afraid I wouldn’t want to go back out. I nearly collided with a car on a sharp turn (LOOK where you want to GO!), and must have been nearly hypothermic. I very quickly bought a heated vest.
SA: Favorite motorcycle book?
MF: Obsessions Die Hard. And, The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing.
SA: Have you ridden internationally? If so, where?
MF: Just Canada
SA: Favorite food?
MF: Standing Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding
SA: What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SA: Favorite post-ride beverage?
MF: Coffee or hot chocolate (yeah, a party pooper)
SA: Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
MF: Not sure this is the funniest, but it is what comes to mind: I was riding from Escalante, Utah to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. I stopped at a German bakery along the way for a mid morning snack. There was a couple riding 2-up on a BMW LT, and, as is my normal habit, I walked up to introduce myself. She said, “I’m Stacey and this is my husband Tom” (not sure now if those were the names.) I turned to him to shake his hand, and he said, “And you’re Muriel.” He knew me from the Owner’s News, I guess! That always surprises me and makes me laugh.
SA: What is the most important advice you have ever received?
MF: Look where you want to go.
SA: Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
MF: 300,000 by end of 2016. More miles as long as health holds out. Encourage other women
SA: Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
MF: Some of above – my long-term isn’t as long as younger riders; I’m more into one day or year at a time.