These are some of my
most memorable moments:
most courageous riders navigate their motorcycles down unfamiliar
roads during a monsoon!
Standing in the middle
of the monsoon without a rain suit!
Navigating a truck
and trailer over the Blue Ridge Mountains in the rain…in the
Navigating a truck
and trailer over the Smoky Mountains in the rain…in the fog!
Navigating a truck
& trailer over North Carolina Route 221 in the rain…in the
Learning to enjoy
driving a truck and trailer over the mountains in the rain …in
Singing with Barb
and Linda “Shine on Harvest Moon” and “The Bells
Are Ringing” after finding that Manhattans really taste pretty
Learning to wear un-creased,
un-clean Blue Jeans!
Staying in the most
motels in the shortest period of time, and never knowing each morning,
upon opening my eyes, where I was!
Learning how to defend
myself with a Kubaton!
Eating dinner no earlier
than 8:00 PM.
Learning that Tam
& Judy are world class truck & trailer drivers!
Jan Tricarico and
I becoming reigning “CHAMPIONS” by winning 5 out of 6
games of pool against the club’s so-called pros!
Visiting Mary Ann
& Kerry’s beautiful homestead in Tennessee!
Watching Mary Ann’s joy at our visit!
joy at setting off fire-works!
Watching Linda Brown
(a.k.a. Shee-rah of the Mountains) move a tree that had fallen and
was blocking the road (I have that on video!)
Watching Kerry on
his tractor help move the tree.
my Trike so I could ride those mountain curves too!!!!!!! (see picture
Learning not to yell
on my CB…but to speak S L O W L Y & CLEARLY.
Learning not to yell
on my CB when lost!
Learning that when
riding with Laura Sisto peeing is not an option, but a gift!
Learning the art of
pumping your own gas in record-breaking time!
King” at “The Palace, “listening to his tales for
an hour and never understanding one word of it!
Laughing my ass off with Carol Pieretti!
Jan, Carol, and I
considering bringing home a “sweetheart of a dog” that
adopted us in Kentucky.
Learning that our
new riders, both Michele’s & Sue, have the courage to stretch
their capabilities beyond their expectations!
Learning that Laura
Sisto is a fearless and exceptional leader, and can back up a truck
with a trailer, better than most!
Learning the immense
generosity of Carol Pieretti for the use of her truck!
Learning that Alex
Pesecreta is a great leader that will always look out for you, and
never leave you behind!
The willingness of
all to help load & unload my trike!
Knowing that Arden
Burns has the patience and good nature of a saint (your wings continue
Learning that Jay
DeLeo can endure more trials than she ever imagined!
Learning that Barbara
Zimmerman has the stamina and courage of a rock!
Learning that Linda
Brown has the patience and kindness of an Angel!
Learning that Jan
Tricarico has the best sense of humor and gentle heart!
Learning that Michele
Reutty courageously finds “the road less traveled” an
inspiration and goal, and has grown her riding abilities more than
anyone (but the loud pipes have to go!)
Learning that Donna
Warren has the courage to push herself to unfathomable limits!
Learning that Janet
Maughan can find her way back to NJ from Georgia in exceptional time!
Learning that I can
ride more than 200 miles in one day!
There were numerous memorable moments of our two-week trek over
2275 miles. Through, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee,
Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, I traveled
with some of the most special ladies ever!
But how do you re-tell of God’s most gorgeous masterpieces,
when speaking of the beauty and power of the Blue Ridge mountains and
the Great Smoky’s? Spectacular and enchanting do not do them justice!
Nor can any poet’s verse capture the incandescent spaciousness of
the Tennessee and Pennsylvania valleys! The solemn resting place of Flight
93 can never be measured in prayer or heart-felt memorials, even though
we try. Neither can I express the camaraderie of our clan as we visited
new and challenging country roads, and traversed mile upon mile of open
Needless to say this adventure was one of the most special times
in my life! However, it was the women that rode those 2275 miles on motorcycles,
through all kinds of weather and road conditions that have captured my
imagination and memory. Recalling the endurance, leadership and compassion
of these women, not unlike the Goddess Athena whose namesake was our ultimate
destination in Georgia, no other city, Athens, could represent or host
the International Rally and its participants. In retrospect, reflecting
upon the nature of the women that made the trip, and the myth of the Goddess
Athena, one can define the thread of connection to appreciate their achievement
as women motorcyclists, and as legends in our own time.
For legend has it that, “the Greek goddess Athena was known
more for her role as judge, diplomat, and mediator than for actually fighting
in battle. Her decisions were renowned for their fairness and compassion.
…Athena was a superb strategist and many of the Greek myths recount
tales of her help given to various gods, goddesses, and heroes as they
…faced seemingly impossible tests. …it was as a mediator and
a planner that she excelled… Her decisions were usually well-considered,
and seldom motivated by self-interest. …Athena's decisions demonstrate
her wisdom, but they revealed her great compassion … A goddess of
many talents, "Athena Goddess of Crafts" was an expert artisan
herself. … The goddess Athena was celebrated as the patron of weavers,
potters, goldsmiths, sculptors, musicians, and horsemen. ...The goddess
Athena reminds us that we can successfully use our intellect and creativity
in the pursuit of any goal we choose.”
Athena is surely a Spokes-Women muse!