PJ I live in Granby, Colorado at an elevation of 8667′ in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. I live here because of the quality of life. It’s a small town, tight community, stunningly beautiful, people care about each other, and the recreational opportunities are endless! Whether I’m riding single-track moto, adventure bikes, cross country skiing, horse back riding or mountain biking; we have it all!
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
PJ From the age of 8 years on, my motorcycle has been my escape! My freedom! I love exploring! I love seeing a dirt road or trail, wondering “Hhhmm…where does that go?’ and then finding out! I love the flow of the rhythm and flow of the motorcycle. For me, it’s total Zen!
SA What bike(s) do you own?
PJ KTM350XCFW and KTM1190R
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
PJ I am blessed to be able to ride with women from all over the country. The Colorado GS Girls are my “home” riding group. I look forward to riding with women worldwide!
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
PJ Just one? That’s impossible! Sometimes I enjoy meandering, scenic, beauty. Other times I enjoy the thrill of speed. And other times I enjoy the challenge of tight, technical, gnarly single track. Just depends on my mood and energy!
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
PJ I can’t not ride. I’ve tried to quit several times. It’s in my blood. It’s who I am. There’s nothing more natural and joyful for me.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
PJ Why yes! Yes I have always been adventurous! I love being out doors. I love challenges and I love to learn and grow. I’ve taught motorcycling, horseback riding, mountain biking, downhill and cross country skiing. And I enjoy scuba diving. I AM afraid of heights! LOL! So don’t ever ask me to jump out of a perfectly good airplane!
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
PJ I’d like to see women working together to empower and support each other. I’d like to see more women riders who are confident, capable, and self-reliant. I’d like to see women riders treated with the same deference and respect that their male counter parts receive.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
PJ Each and every day is such an amazing blessing! What gets me out of bed is knowing that today I get to “show up” as me! I get to live this amazing life! I get to serve and support others! I get to make a difference! We are each a divine, unique expression. There’s no one else like you or me! How cool is that!?!
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
PJ Bucket list for me is an ADV Tour of Europe. My Mom was German. That’s where I grew up. Mom is gone now, but I’d love to take my beautiful wife, Cindy, on a motorcycle tour of Europe!
SA Do you personally operate or work at a women-owned/operated moto related website, blog, or business that you’d like to tell folks about?
PJ I am the owner and founder of ADVWoman. I teach motorcycle lessons, do guided tours, and am a Women’s Empowerment Coach with world renowned, Cynthia James. I love empowering women, especially through riding motorcycles!
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
PJ I can’t remember…really, I cannot remember. When I was younger I raced motocross professionally. I had a really back crash with another racer and was knocked out. Dad took me to the hospital because I kept asking him the same question over and over, “Did I win?” Looking back at it now, that had to have been pretty scary! Break a leg and you may walk with a limp. But messing with your brain is pretty scary stuff!
SA Favorite food?
PJ German Bratwurst with German Potato Salad!
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
PJ My wife, Cindy and I were doing a spring ride near Dinosaur, Colorado. Many of the dirt roads are impassable when wet. We were having pretty good luck on the dirt roads until we decided to take a left and ride uphill. It wasn’t long before Cindy was in a ditch. We should’ve turned around and gone back, but we both got a bad case of the “It’ll get betters!” It’ll get better at the top of the hill. It didn’t. It’ll get better around the corner. It didn’t. ETC. Cindy couldn’t ride in the muck. I was leapfrogging the bikes riding one and walking back for the other. The front end on Cindy’s G650GS didn’t feel like it was turning. I asked her, “Is the front wheel turning?” “No, not really!” The front wheel was so packed with mud it was just skiing along on the mud. It took us 3 hours to go 1.5 miles. We watched as a thunderhead came closer and closer, but we got out OK. We were exhausted but that’s the story we tell all the time! It was scary then, but now we get a good laugh!
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
PJ Arnold Palmer- 70% lemonade and 30% iced tea.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
PJ 1. My health and fitness is my number one priority. Continue my fitness routine to support my active, healthy life style. 2. Grow ADVWoman as a business to support more women. 3. Improve my technique riding BIG logs.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
PJ 1. Grow ADVWoman as a business to support more women and to collaborate with other like-minded women. 2. Improve my business acumen in order to build a healthy business. Power Sports Industry is dominated by men. Women must have a combination of sharp business skills, be skillful with people, be quick learners and confident to succeed. 3. Continue to just be me. It’s taken me a long time to own the truth of who I am and shine my light and share my gifts. That feels good. I love supporting other women to shine their amazing, brilliant lights!