So this year I made it back to Jacksonville, Florida for the All Female Ride 2017. I rode all the way with my sista friends Xception and Storm. This was a first time for me to be riding that far. I’ve did a few rides maybe 3 or 4 hours but nothing like this. We left Memphis and met up with our sista friend in Tupelo. We were trying our best to beat the thunderstorm and we did a pretty great job of it. Every time we stopped for gas we would laugh and talk about our journey. It seemed like a hour had went by on one stop because of the excitement. Maybe it was me because I couldn’t believe I was actually going all the way with that ride.
Sure it may not seem like a big deal to others with more traveling experience than me but hey I finally got the courage to do it. Shout out to the ladies who do the 48 states and all of that. Let me tell you that a few times I wanted to put my bike on that trailer and call it a day and take a nap. But I was like if my sista friends can do it, then let me get the courage to do it to. So we rode from Tupelo, Ms to Birmingham, Al thru Georgia and made it to Jacksonville, Florida. How about I did a 4 state ride..lol!! Hey, at least I did it!!
So I’m in the city fellowshipping and watching all the ladies from all over the United States. Some ladies are in motorcycle clubs and others are not. They chilling in front of the hotel with their motorcycles sitting out front. There is music coming out of some of the motorcycles and ladies are standing around sipping on a little some something. But guess what? Everyone I walked by spoke and they was all smiling. It’s like a big happy family and everyone is happy to take part into this ride. It’s like one big ole family reunion and when I look at the crowd it was like a sea of motorcycles. Seriously. All types of motorcycles, so many I couldn’t count. And they were all ridden by women who had the courage to travel further than me. See, there’s that courage word again.
Well anyways, there is this mission statement for the All Female Ride and it pertains to the word courage. It talks about how riding builds your courage and that no one can take that away from you when you ride your motorcycle. Courage is a little word but it has a huge impact. I know it took courage for a lot of people to travel farther than me to make this ride. Some rode through storms and construction zones but they did it. I’m pretty sure that somebody thought they couldn’t make that ride because of personal things going on but they made it anyways. There’s that courage word again.
I can remember someone told me that I wouldn’t ride a motorcycle. One of my relatives told me that it wasn’t lady like. While another person told me that if I wanted to start riding motorcycles I should have done that in my twenties. But I was determined and every time I fell which is about 9 or 10 times (that’s another story that I’ll write about one day) , but I got the courage to get back on that motorcycle. I remember my father saying “Bae you just scarring yourself up.” Again there’s that courage word again mixed with tenacity. I just would not stop until I got it.
While I sat in the hotel lobby I watched all these women walking in with their helmets and greeting everyone that they walked by smiling. I wondered what gave them the courage to want to make this ride. And also I wondered what even gave them the courage to want to ride? So you know me..I asked a few of the sista friends, well we all family right? Well, anyways I was told everything from ” I was tired of being a back pack, he didn’t believe me, I was told I wouldn’t be able to learn.” But my favorite one was “I got tired of being scared.” See, there’s that courage word again. I even wondered about the 2 ladies that I rode with, what gave them the courage to make long rides too. Oh, they were not spring chickens, they had some mileage under their belts.
Later I sat in a class and listened to Jenn, SeCCret, Foxy, Dirty Bird, Thunderkat and Sunshine and Porsche talk about why they loved what they were doing and why they were going to keep doing it. They also discussed topics like marriage, long distance traveling and even gave testimonies. There’s that courage word again. Courage will have you doing alot of things that you probaly didn’t know you could do. Oh well, I can’t wait until tomorrow comes and I’m sure courage will have me doing something else. So far, so good. Courage and I are going to be pretty good friends, especially if it involves 2 wheels.