We’ve all heard someone say to us, “Home is where the heart is.”
I find more truth in this saying with motorcyclists than any other human beings on the planet. Whether you’re sitting on a couch, at a desk, at a conference table, or somewhere in between… if you’re a biker, chances are you’re dreaming of another place. When you close your eyes, even if just for a moment, you can feel the wind on your face. All the work we do, all the bills we pay, all the miles we commute, all the lawns we mow and the toilets we scrub are just background noise on the way to our next ride. We belong on that road, that trail, that track – and our hearts stay there long after we’ve gone.
Have you left your heart on a low desert trail, or high on a mountain pass? Does your soul reside on the sweltering surface of a track? We understand. In fact, we’re right there with you. All of us. We spend our days dreaming of the moment we set our course for that special place where everything in the world is right, and we are whole once again. We find peace in the chaos and beauty in the grit, and a small part of ourselves changes, grows, evolves every time we visit. So where is your favorite place to ride? Share your passion, your secret, yourself with the world.
Excerpts from Chapter Four of Queen Bees: Women Riders who Rule the Street, Track and Dirt:
“Out in the desert, and on my dirt bike, there are no bills to pay, no way for someone to find me, nobody to tell me what to do or where to go, and time is based on my energy levels. Cell phones are put away and home cooked meals are made over an open fire; dinner never tasted so good and you don’t mind the little crunch of sand every now and then. It’s a place where not just anyone can survive and conquer, it’s a place for the savages, the rebels, the ones who aren’t scared to get dirty or shift a gear higher.” – Brittny Cleveland
“I’ve been many places on this planet… Japan, Korea, Taiwan, many islands in the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and 40 of the states in the US. I’ve ridden the world-famous Tail of the Dragon, Sandia Crest, the Jemez mountains, Natural Bridge, Ohio 555, Red River, Cherohala Skyway, and many other great roads. Nothing, and I truly mean nothing, compares to 14 West from Ranchester to Greybull. If I could plan the perfect day, it would include that ride. Absolutely and amazing are the only two words I have to describe it. The purple and yellow flowers grow wild in fields that reach all the way to the horizon and it smells like pine trees and sweet summer blooms. The air is cooler and the sun shines brighter. It just feels like a magical place.” – Brittany Morrow
To share your favorite place to ride with us, send your story to: Submit@QueenBMoto.com by November 1st.
A list of all the chapter subjects we will be featuring in Queen Bees:
1. Method to the Madness – Why I Ride.
2. Seeking the Missing Piece – How I Discovered Riding.
3. Addiction in the Making – My First Ride.
4. Home is Where the Heart is – My Favorite Place to Ride.
5. More than Just a Bike – How My Motorcycle Empowers Me.
6. Survivors, Soldiers, Warriors – Learning to Get Up After the Fall
7. Independent Women – What it Means to Rule
8. True Queen Bees – Women Motorcyclists Who Inspire