SA Where do you live and why? Born in Indianapolis, Indiana USA.
SW Currently reside in Adelaide, South Australia. Why? Because I Can! 😉 It’s the best.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
SW 1. KTM 690 Enduro R 2. Triumph Tiger 800 XC
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
SW My favorite rides are the most challenging rides. They are not my favorite during the ride, but become my favorite if I succeeded! 😉 Why? Because I’m always surprised yet proud when I find I can do more than I thought I could.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
SW My Dad – he used to drive me around on his Honda Goldwing.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
SW My passion is world travel and exploring, so riding on 2 wheels is the easiest and most logical way for me to travel independently. This allows me to go anywhere I want, whenever I want.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
SW Yes, I’ve been involved with travel and adventure since I can remember. Starting with solo trips to Mexico as a teenager, moved from the USA to Australia as a whole new adventure, learned to sail on a boat for several months through the Pacific Islands, and finally did around-the-world solo on a motorcycle as my largest adventure to date.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
SW I haven’t found that anything is missing for women in the riding world.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
SW Early bird, before sunrise, best part of the day!
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
SW Iceland and Scandinavia – going in August 2016…can’t wait!
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
SW In the Amazon jungle. We ran out of water and nearly out of fuel, overheating bike as well as heat exhaustion. Both my friend and I could see there was a real possibility that we might not make it out of there.. It’s the only time on the planet in comparison to many other hard adventurous rides, that I remember thinking I shouldn’t be there. Then as magic happens in the Amazon, on an unmaintained rarely used track, a small 4WD shows up for the first time in 4 days and not only does the man inside offer water, but he gave us clean COLD water!
SA Do you own or operate a moto-related business, website or blog that you’d like to tell folks about?
SA Have you ridden internationally? If so, where?
SW Around the World – 49 countries so far.
SA Favorite food?
SW Russia, Brazil and USA. In Russia and Brazil its more normal when eating out in a restaurant to have big comfort food that was truly home made and not fried. However, the USA is mostly fried but has THE BEST milkshakes!
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
SW If this includes my Honda Moped, I would say age 12. Otherwise my next memory was babysitting my Puerto Rican friends Honda Shadow during our summer break from University. I assume I got a license for that, can’t remember… 😉
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
SA What is the most important advice you have ever received?