2021 stories

How long have you been riding for and what got you into riding?

I rode in my 20's now back to it in my 50's!

When I moved to Vancouver 35 years ago as a new grad in Occupational Therapy, my first 'wheels' were a yellow Honda Passport Scooter, which I rode to my job at Shaughnessy Hospital. I progressed from there to travelling Japan on a motorcycle solo, an incredible life experience. I took a break from riding for 27 years while raising my 3 boys (Mom's don't have time to ride motorcycles). My boys turned into men and Mom returned to her youth :)

What kind of impact had riding had on you? Has riding helped you to overcome hardship in your life, if yes how?

Riding to me is freedom, travelling light and a feeling of being fully in the present moment. Everything else falls away while on the road.

What kind of bike do you have and why? What kind of riding do you do or have you done? (Dirt, off-road/enduro, road trips etc.)

I ride a Ducati Scrambler. I have my partner to thank for supporting my return to riding and picking this perfect bike for me. A nice size bike to be able to manoeuvre easily yet powerful enough to have some fun with and feel safe. My riding is day trips and local touring.

What's been your favourite or most memorable riding experience?

Travelling Japan in my 20's solo on a motorcycle for several months was one of the extraordinary experiences of my life. It was a time of adventure, self-reliance, feeling alive, and in retrospect, personal growth. I was alone, young, female, in a country that didn't speak English. I had to drive on the left side of the road with no English road signs, GPS, guidebook, internet or cell phones. It was just me, my bike, a tent, a camping stove and some miso soup. Getting lost was a given and I trusted that wherever I ended up was exactly where I was meant to be. Every day I flirted with the edge of my comfort zone and ended up having some incredible experiences, saw spectacular places, and met people in rural Japan who had never seen a foreigner. Reflecting on this trip, it was a deeply impactful time in creating my inner character of resilience, self-confidence, clarity of what brings me joy, ability to be in my own company and trust that most people are good.

Future riding goals/ plans?

Keeping the rubber side down. Touring BC and beyond.