We first met Madeleine back on April 22, 2012. I’m doing a bit of a remix of her profile since some things have changed and she’s updated some of her answers. I also wanted to share that Madeleine is going to embark on another adventure this summer and is looking for a rider to join her. She will be riding to Alaska starting on Friday June 28, 2013. Details will be posted on her site. Madeleine is looking for only one riding companion, not a group of riders. This rider needs to be able to pull their own weight because it will be a budget ride staying in hostels/motels and some camping when necessary. Madeleine rides between 300 to 500 miles a day depending on weather and road conditions. Now back to the profile!
Madeleine from Worcester, MA is our next lady rider! She has taken some long adventurous trips. You can find Madeleine on Twitter @mvelazquez57 or on her blog Miss Rider which is filled with stories and pictures.
How long have you been riding a motorcycle? Around 25 years
How did you learn to ride? Chasing my son around the trails riding dirt bikes. Love motocross!!!
What was your first motorcycle? Street bike, Kawasaki Vulcan 500 (hated it). Dirt bike, Yamaha 125 something, don’t remember any more.
How many have you owned? 9 including dirt bikes
Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? The thrill, fresh air, freedom, excitement (too many fun words to describe why)!
Tell us about your riding. Commute to work, mostly on a 50cc scooter now. Pleasure riding. But mostly, long distance touring, like coast to coast alone.
What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? Get on two wheels and ride, ride, and ride some more so you can get so tired and sleep at night.
What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? My longest ride was the summer of 2012. 24,140 kilometers (~15,000 miles) with a ride from the Boston area to the Panama Canal round trip that included Sturgis, South Dakota and Canada, 9 countries, 23 American states. (Check out the details on her blog.)
Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? No, I am a solo rider now. I do have a membership to the American Motorcycle Association and love reading the monthly articles posted by other riders.
Do you have a favorite riding story? Yes, read about it here in my blog. (Check out the pictures too!) I have so many wonderful riding stories, but this one is my favorite because it involves the animals.
What do you do when you’re not riding? I ski in the winter and teach high school students.