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Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Lois

Have you ever heard the old saying, “you have not because you ask not?” Well, this applies to me and my next guest, Lois. I’m racking my brain trying to remember how I came across her website Lois On The Loose. You have to go take a look at all her accomplishments! Lois has several epic road trips under her belt, written two books (I’ve got to get these!!), a contributing writer and editor to several publications, and also does public speaking. Wow! Back to the old saying … I reached out to Lois earlier this year asking if she’d like to add her profile of a female motorcyclist to my blog. She said yes, but was about to leave on a trip and would do it when she had some spare time. And she did, so now I’m adding another lady rider to the mix. I am so glad I asked Lois. I think this is the 80th profile of a female motorcyclist! Join me in welcoming Lois Pryce from London, UK.

Lois Pryce

Lois Pryce

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? 12 years
How did you learn to ride? I did an intensive 5-day course in London.
What was your first motorcycle? A 1959 BSA Bantam D7

Lois and her first motorcycle

Lois and her first motorcycle

How many have you owned? 8
Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? I just thought it looked like a lot of fun!
Tell us about your riding. Adventure, exploring, off-roading, world travelling…

Lois in Morocco and a camel sign

Lois in Morocco and a camel sign

What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? Don’t let anyone put you off – there is so much fun to be had on two wheels and so many great people to meet – it opens up a whole world.
What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? 20,000 miles, from Alaska to Argentina
Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? No, but the collective of worldwide motorcycle travelers is an unofficial international club!

Peru desert riding

Peru desert riding

Do you have a favorite riding story? So many, I couldn’t even begin… they are all in my books
What do you do when you’re not riding? Play the banjo in the UK’s only all-girl bluegrass band The Jolenes, mess about on boats, go kayaking, write, read and grow stuff in my garden.

Seriously friends, I encourage you to hop over to Lois On The Loose to find out more about this amazing woman motorcyclist!

Profile of a Female Motorcyclist: Meet Sash a.k.a. @2MuchTina

I have another new cyber-friend I want to introduce to you! Her nickname is Sash and her Twitter handle is @2MuchTina. Sash is from San Diego, CA, but currently on what she calls “our Road Pickle Motorcycle Bohemia, so I’m mobile!” Sasha and her hubby are on serious road trip. You can catch her adventures on her blog SashMouth

Sash riding in the California desert

Sash riding in the California desert

How long have you been riding a motorcycle? Technically, I’ve been riding for 2 years. Actually, I’ve been consistently riding about 5 months. I got my license, but didn’t have my own bike to ride. I rode my hubs extra bike, a Yamaha Roadstar, but it was too heavy for me. So I took almost an entire year off of solo riding. I just started riding this last January.

How did you learn to ride? I took a course to learn and loved every minute of it. But I’ve spent many, many years riding pillion. First with my Daddy, then my high school boyfriend and now with my hubs.

What was your first motorcycle? My current motorcycle, Kawasaki Ninja 500, Katie Scarlet

How many have you owned? Just one! But I sold my Mercedes to buy her. I don’t even own a car now.

Why did you want to ride a motorcycle? My Daddy rode when I was a girl. He had many friends that rode and I wanted to ride with him all of the time. That feeling of flying, being free, never left me. I think it’s natural for most passengers to wonder from time to time what it is like to be the rider. But I always knew that one day I would ride. My time just finally came! Riding is the closest to being at one with my soul as I can get while still being alive. It is the most “alive” thing I do. Every sense is heightened and I take in all the world in a single breath while riding. I can’t imagine life without it now.

Tell us about your riding.  We are riding a 6-month motorcycle road trip around the U.S. currently. We ride about 250-300 miles a day, riding only a couple of days a week. We try to stay in one city for a week at a time and then go exploring while we are there. I love riding, but I deal with chronic pain from fibromyalgia, so I have to pace myself.

What advice do you have for women who ride or want to ride a motorcycle? Ride your own ride. Don’t try to keep up with anyone, be like anyone, ride like anyone. Be You. Boldly Embrace Your Own Uniqueness and while doing so Ride Your Own Ride. Listen to advice, but weigh it with your own good sense.

What is the longest trip that you’ve taken on your cycle? I’m currently 3500 miles into our Road Pickle Motorcycle Bohemia Trip, so that’s the longest.

Do you belong to any motorcycle groups? I belong to a few online through Google+, but none offline yet.

Do you have a favorite riding story? Riding from Bisbee, AZ to the NM border on Route 80, I saw the most beautiful scenery. My hubs Highway was in front of me, and I followed him on this two lane road for over 100 miles, taking in all of the wilderness. I saw a snake slither across the road in front of me, I saw two deer, and then a fawn, simply munching in the meadows. But at one point we came over a ridge and all I could see for miles was golden grasses flowing in the wind. I’m from California, so we don’t see things like that. I started to weep, really weep, with gratitude that I was in that place, in that moment, being so grateful that beauty like this existed somewhere, always.

What do you do when you’re not riding? I’m an internet publisher, author, marketer, sales director, motivator and pain in my hubs’ ass. I spend most of my time writing or selling advertising. I give motivational speeches to groups, mostly women and with my hubs we coach clients to build their own blogs and earn an income from them. I’m the very proud mother of a 23-year-old beauty Olivia, who recently married the man who was made for her, David. My book, “Finding Christ Inside” was published in 2009 and it is my poetic narrative explaining that I’ve found spirituality within me, not within the confines of religion.

The many faces of Sash!

The many faces of Sash!

P.S. Ladies! Let me know if you’d like to share your story too! Email me at: pamela(dot)court(at)gmail(dot)com < Trying to keep the spammers at bay!

France In America

I have a Kindle and a Nook, but some books just don’t belong in a digital format. A book like, France In America, is one because it is an experience that needs to be had in person.

The author of the book Gary France offered pre-release copies of his book to people who left comments on his blog during his travels. I don’t leave a lot of comments on blogs, but asked if he’d consider sending me a copy. Gary said yes!

What a delightful surprise when I opened the package and found this gorgeous book! Over 400 pages of beautiful photos and stories of his epic adventure across America. Gary’s adventure took place in 2010. That was also the year I started riding solo.

France In America by Gary France

France In America by Gary France

And he signed it too!!

The book chronicles Gary’s 21,000 mile trip across America on his Harley.

Map of Gary's travels in the States

Map of Gary’s travels in the States

I jumped right to the pages when Gary visited Minnesota. I was not disappointed with the eight pages I found! Here’s a taste of what this book holds …

Gary’s introduction in the book gives a very vulnerable look into his life and made me feel honored that I had “met” him on these pages and in his blog Flies in your Teeth. I’ll be pouring over this book in the weeks and months to come learning more and seeing my country come alive through Gary’s eyes. I highly recommend picking up a copy of France In America, not only to learn about Gary’s adventure, but also to inspire one of your own!

Jump over to his site where he offers Motorcycle Touring Guides, you can also find videos and learn more about him. For those on Twitter he’s there too! @GarySFrance

Thank you Gary for your generous gift. Your book is a treasure.