The Big Idea (or, how this cross-country ride idea came about)
For nearly a decade I have had the idea of leading a group of women across the country on motorcycles. My original idea was to lead a small group of ten or so women — women who thought that they couldn’t do it — across the United States on motorcycles. Two years ago I ran across the story of the Van Buren sisters and realized that 2016 would be the 100th anniversary of their historic ride across the continental United States. I t was then that I knew that 2016 was the year I needed to make my dream come true.
I have ridden a motorcycle over a large portion of the globe all by myself, and everywhere I’ve gone folks have been astonished that I am on such a long journey. I’ve had many people tell me over the years that they wish they could do what I do, or some of the things that I’ve done, and organizing this ride is a way for me to make an epic ride happen for some.
We started planning this ride more than 2 years ago and it’s been a labor of love watching it come together. It’s become my life’s work, so to speak, the “Bucket List” item that I need to accomplish in order to feel fulfilled in this life. Each time some little piece of magic happens and some hurdle to making this dream come true is vanquished, I know once again that I am destined to organize and lead this ride across the United States of America.
In the words of Augusta Van Buren “Woman Can if She Will.”