SB Almost 2 years ago, we left behind the suburban grind in the Sacramento Valley and relocated 3 hours north to the historic mill town of McCloud, California. We’ve been part-timers in town for over 10 years, so it was only natural that when it came time to change our direction that we would land here. Why? I can hop on my bike and be on the trails in less than 5 minutes or I can hike the McCloud River Falls or the Pacific Crest Trail for the day or fly fish for rainbow trout. It’s a playground for any outdoor enthusiast.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
SB I have a 2003 BMW F650GS as well as a 2014 BMW 800GS Adventure.
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
SB Besides my own backyard? There’s just something about rolling along Highway 1 through California and Oregon. With the twisting road, the sites and the smells, it’s an amazing day on the bike.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
SB I started to get bored riding on the back with my husband, Terry. So, it was a natural transition for me to get my own ride. And, once I started riding off-road, there was no stopping this tomboy! Though “Date Nights” are still fun, I do prefer my own ride.
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
SB Women’s riding groups are not too common in this area of Northern California. Guess I’ll just have to start one myself.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
SB What a rider experiences on the bike is so much more than when in a vehicle. A rider becomes a part of the journey instead of just being along for the ride. There’s something about being in the elements instead of protected from them that is so fulfilling and satisfying.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
SB Absolutely. As a kid, I used to climb to the very top of my favorite tree in our front yard and watch the lights of the city at night, wondering what everyone else was doing and where they were going. It wasn’t until well after dark that I would finally come inside. So, if you see a 40-ish blond sitting at the top of a tree, just let her be. She’s planning her next adventure.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
SB Can we get past the “babes” thing? How about manufacturers carrying more proper fitting gear for the female rider? Am I ranting too much? I really enjoy the women’s-only rallies when riders from all levels and brands come together to share stories and learn from each other. If only someone could put something like that together…
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
SB Besides my 6AM body clock? Really, I am a morning person as I enjoy the silence and watching the world wake up.
SA Do you run a moto-related business, website or blog?
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
SB Though Terry has dreams of Africa, I’ve always wanted to do a European tour starting in Spain and working my way up. Each country is so different in their language and food and traditions, how could I not want to go.
SA Have you ridden internationally? If so, where?
SB Terry, our 14 year old son, Jack, and I are just back from a 15-month tour through Mexico, Central and South America. It’s been, oh, shall I say “interesting” transition back into reality, but we’re slowly finding our groove. We’ve also headed north to Canada a few times. I highly recommend taking the ferry to Vancouver Island and camping in the provincial parks.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SB Funny enough, I didn’t start until I was 35. The tomboy in me didn’t last too long on the back of Terry’s bike.
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
SB Whatever you put in my hand. Cold beer? Sure. Glass of red wine? Why not. Water? If I have to.
SA What is the most important advice you have ever received?
SB When I first started riding, I remember being told “Look down the road, never at your front tire.” That has stuck with me ever since.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
SB I want our story to inspire more families to get involved in motorcycle adventure travel.
I’d LOVE to see more women parking their street bikes and getting dirty with the rest of us.
Lastly, for people to stop listening to the media horror stories, grab their passports, and ride south through Mexico and the America’s. The world and her people are truly amazing.