• Winding Roads

    Home of the Bedford Boys

    Bedford (Virginia) is about a 12-mile drive off the Blue Ridge Parkway via route 43 from the Peaks of Otter. This is where I recently visited the National D-Day Memorial.  The community of Bedford suffered the highest per capita losses in…

  • "Do you ride that by yourself?"

    Random guy
    Safe Riding

    It’s The Little Things

    This spring, I was attracted to a beautiful touring bike. I always enjoy slowly strolling down the rows of bikes at a dealership watching the chrome sparkle from lights and reflect colors from people’s clothing as they walk by. It…

  • I Ride My own


    Kim is one gutsy gal! She loves to ride motorcycles. After years of riding as a passenger, before spring had even sprung, she bought a Harley Davidson FreeWheeler. One might say that was no big feat as women are buying…

  • Safe Riding

    Now Entering Stormville

    I receive many texts and emails from friends and students on all sorts of motorcycle related topics. Some are fun, like a recent text with a photo showing a small group of my students in front of the DMV with…

  • I Ride My own


     Heather is motorcycle enthusiast and one of the bubbliest ladies I’ve ever met.  She is  also a coach for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation spending her time at the Appalachian Rider Education Program.   I asked Heather what got her interested…

  • I Ride My own,  Motorcycle Matriarchs

    My Harley Godmother

    Ginger is really my godmother and a true inspiration to so many women who wanted their own motorcycles. She wanted to ride and very wisely attended a motorcycle safety course in 1992 at a local community college. Ginger got her…

  • Winding Roads

    Dining Creekside

    Route 197 in North Carolina is a scenic winding road that starts just outside of Erwin, TN and goes south passing through Barnardsville, North Carolina to intersect with I-26. The day I was riding route 197, the temperature was perfect…

  • Safe Riding

    Baby it’s HOT outside!

    We all welcome warmer riding weather in the spring and expect hot riding weather in the summer. Don’t be so excited to get your wheels rolling that you forget to prepare for the heat. Last summer, I was returning from…

  • "You're crazy for riding all the way here to meet me."

    Gloria Struck
    I Ride My own,  Motorcycle Matriarchs


    I met Gloria in June, 2015. At that time, Gloria was 90 years old. I had read an article featuring Gloria earlier in the year and had put a lot of thought in to joining the Motor Maids. After a…