TJ Currently I live in Cle Elum, Wa. I chose to move here recently because I was attracted to all the possible outdoor activities this area offers. There is much off -road riding in the area I am looking forward to explore.
SA What bike(s) do you own?
TJ KTM 1190 Adventure, BMW G650 XChallenge, KTM 350 EXC-F
SA Where is your favorite ride and why?
TJ This is almost impossible for me to answer. Pretty much every time I get on my bike it is my favorite ride, especially if is for an extended period of time, involves an adventure and is spent most of the time off the pavement.
SA What or who inspired you to ride a motorcycle?
TJ I started riding behind a guy I used to date about 12 years ago. I quickly realized I was bored on the back seat and thought if I was going to do this, I wanted to ride my own bike. I had never ridden a bike before so decided to take the training to get my motorcycle endorsement, I barely passed.
SA Are you a part of a women’s riding group? If so, which one(s)?
TJ I ride often with the Dirty Girl’s group.
SA Why do you ride or want to ride on 2-wheels?
TJ I love it for many reasons that include:
• Riding with awesome friends that share the same passion. It seems I meet new great friends on every new ride.
• The feel of the freedom that comes over me every time I am on my motorcycle.
• I love to adventure and explore places forgotten in time, the backcountry and the route less traveled.
• Being part of the Dirty Girls group and sharing adventures is a blast and is always filled with much laughter and fun.
SA Have you always been driven to explore adventurous activities?
TJ Somewhat, but riding motorcycles blew the top off and ignited a flame in me that has me always looking for the next adventure on my bike.
SA What would you like to see more of when it comes to the women’s riding world?
TJ More off-road riding adventures, training and events. Apparel for women is also slim pickings.
SA What gets you out of bed in the morning?
TJ The next adventure…………
SA If you could ride anywhere next year, where would it be and why?
TJ I would love to take an extended amount of time and go explore South America or Mexico or somewhere further. I would like to wake up each morning, get on my bike for another day of adventure, meeting new friends, soaking up other’s culture and way of life and meeting each new terrain and Mother Nature challenge.
SA What was your worst day on a motorcycle?
TJ I can’t think of any. I would say the first months of learning how to ride was a bit terrifying for me. I had butterflies each time I got on my bike, I didn’t want to ride on the freeway, at night or in the rain. I didn’t realize there was training I could or should get and was just learning as I rode along.
SA Favorite motorcycle book?
TJ First thing that comes to mind, all of them, have to think on this.
SA Have you ridden internationally? If so, where?
TJ Not yet.
SA Favorite food?
TJ Special of the day at the small mom and pop place along the way.
SA What age did you learn to ride a motorcycle?
TJ Late 30’s.
SA Favorite post-ride beverage?
TJ Depends but maybe a glass of red wine or a good dark beer.
SA Funniest thing that ever happened to you while on a ride?
TJ Some of my very creative “get-offs” while riding off-road come directly to mind. Or almost losing all the rubber on my rear tire on the loneliest highway in Nevada in the triple digits while on a solo ride. I managed to limp into an almost ghost town where I was finally lucky enough to have some cell reception. Then try to explain to the AAA operator where to send the tow truck, to finally get a response informing me “I was in the middle of nowhere and I would be lucky to get a tow truck anytime soon”. The barely existing town seemed deserted but I did notice a few bikes in the run-down motel parking lot. I parked next to them and walked over to the bar (only food in town) to find the owners of the bikes who were all from BC. Due to the extreme heat, they had decided they could go no further and was going to finish out the day at the pub and get an early start the next morning. I was invited to share some pizza and box wine with them until the tow truck arrived, which ended up showing up at about 2 AM outside the bar. I had given up or forgot I was waiting for a tow truck so needless to say after much shared box wine it was a real challenge to ride my huge GSA up the tilted flat-bed while trying to follow my new BC friend’s advice. I think we all thought it was pretty funny except for the tow truck driver. Moral of the story, a lot of things could have gone much worse that day, however, that experience ended up being one of the high-lights of that adventure with much shared laughter and new friends made. Still makes me laugh to this day.
SA What is the most important advice you have ever received?
TJ Always strive to improve my riding skills and keep it fun. “It has to be fun, or I am not doing it!” Even when doing something like riding sweep with a slower group, I am usually practicing some riding skill or putting my front wheel “right there” while having fun.
SA Name 3 immediate things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.
TJ • Be involved in creating something where women riders come together at all levels to share in our passion for riding and adventure.
• Be a resource for women riders to call upon for help or direction.
• Have fun and share it with others.
SA Name 3 long-term things you would like to accomplish in the world of riding.