As you may have guessed already, I’m an adventurous soul who finds being on two wheels exceptionally peaceful! My goal for 2016 was to refresh my riding skills and regain my confidence to ride on my own again.
August 2016 was my first long distance (32 hour, 1497 mile) ride as the passenger on my former rally partner’s BMW 1100 GS. We placed 11th overall and were the 1st place two up team. Not bad for my first ever rally!
In September, 2016 I earned my Iron Butt Association membership via an 1100 mile ride as pillion from Denver, Colorado to Dallas, Texas by way of Kansas City, Missouri.
In November 2016, I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation basic class even though I’ve had my motorcycle license for a number of years. I took both the riding and written tests to gauge my skill level. Just a couple of weeks later I bought my 2005 Suzuki Vstrom 650 which I lovingly named “Bella”.
In 2018 after a multi day women’s tour in the Pacific Northwest, I decided a new motorcycle was in order. A couple months later I bought my current bike: a 2015 BMW F700GS. A friend suggested the name Miss Sassy Pants and “Sassy” for short. It stuck and Sassy and I have been riding our hearts out ever since!
Sassy was also responsible for introducing me to my current riding partner. I had pulled over for a rest break and he couldn’t resist her stunning good looks and came to say hello. 🙂 It’s a gift to ride with someone who clicks with your riding style so effortlessly. After more than a year of riding together, we usually know what the other person is thinking and how they will respond in various riding situations. Most importantly we share trust and always have each other’s back.
The photo above was taken in 2019 in Alaska on what would end up being the best and also the worst day of my life. This photo captured a moment when I was overcome with pure joy at the sights all around me; I do my best to hang onto that moment and put the rest far behind me.
When not riding, I’m usually doing something outdoors. I feel fortunate to live in the beautiful state of Colorado and it would be a shame not to enjoy it. I share my life with my orange tabby cat “Aalani” and many friends – both riders and non-riders alike.
I decided to start a blog to document my own journey but also in hopes that it will help other women (and guys too) that may be trying to find their way. I have found several blogs to be incredibly helpful and inspiring – I hope to be that for someone else one day.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and come back soon – I’d love to hear about your motorcycle musings. 🙂