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Ride Your Own
By Natalie
September 9, 2009

When I started this blog I was hoping my stories would help influence more women to ride their own bikes.  It wasn't until I started this blog that I noticed the small number of women riders out there.  On the MS Ride I was on in August, I counted maybe a dozen women riders out of all of the 125 plus bikers!

I do have a story of one woman who took the plunge and started riding her own bike late this summer.  Paulette has been a friend of mine for some time.  When she lived near me, she was always a passenger on a bike and she often spoke about how she wanted to ride her own.  Well, she's done it! She got a bike and is learning to ride.  She is in the beginning stages of riding and the emails she sends to me tells her story of getting out on her own.  This is one of the first emails she sent and shows the true excitement of riding your own bike:

"Natalie, Natalie, Natalie, OMG! I shifted my bike into third gear and really really rode today. There is a spot across the street from our house that used to be a Farm Implement dealer. Well the parking lot is packed gravel and behind it and down a small hill is a really big grassy area. So Mark took me over there and I rode all alone for about 2 hrs. Started out just riding around in a big circle in first gear. Then Mark had me shift into second. He had me doing figure 8's. Then as I got braver I rode up and down the hill and then shifting into third. He then had me slowing down and down shifting. I'm still really jerky but I was so psyched. He's a good teacher and he really pushes me to go out of my comfort zone. He tells me I'm doing really good and that's all I need to hear!

I can't wait to ride again tomorrow!!

P.S. I think I can officially say now that I ride my own. LOL - I've wanted to say that for years. Thanks to you and Darnell for being such fabulous inspirations. Reading your stories and hearing about your adventures are what truly pushed me."

Look at Paulette's face in her picture – you just know she's now a committed rider!

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michael kors bags October 07, 2013 | 1:30 PM

You write very well!

Marlene August 22, 2009 | 2:29 PM

Hi, I hope you are planning a stop at the Coates residence on your trip to Vancouver!! We'd love to see you.

Paulette August 21, 2009 | 1:58 PM

Natalie, I don't know how you do all you do. I'm so glad you are a friend of mine. Tell Connie hi and congrats on the Ride! Love you!

Kim August 18, 2009 | 4:31 PM

I can't believe Stratton is awake in that picture. I pick him up, and he just nods off! Such a little angel : )

Deana B August 11, 2009 | 9:54 AM

I'm totally inspired. Very cool!!

Ella July 19, 2009 | 2:37 PM

Those Segways look so cool, Natalie!

harlowB410 July 07, 2009 | 2:49 PM

A new SheKnows baby! Congrats, Dianne!

Ariel July 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM

Congratulations, Dianne! So exciting to have a new baby in the family... and boy does he have a full set of hair, or what?!?

Mary June 19, 2009 | 7:06 AM

You're my hero, Natalie. Living life to the fullest - although it looked freezing on the last bike ride. Hope to see Darnel when she's in town. Let me know.

Kim June 15, 2009 | 6:53 AM

Di, I am soooo proud of you and glad you decided to do this project! I LOVE the blogs and can't wait to read more. I miss you (and the heat, and Johnny T., and Chloe, and the back yard). xo Love, Ms. Kim

Barb June 04, 2009 | 9:11 AM

count me in! love to see and hear about our adventures;

auntie gogo June 03, 2009 | 8:47 PM

Hi Darnell, Julie forwarded her e mail to me. Have you forgotten your cousin Sharyn" she has been riding for 21 years. A Harley for 19 years. and she also did a commercial for Cycle craft also years ago. I recently made 2 framed copies of Grandpa's picture. one each for Jimmy and robyn. Do you have the original.? I am surpised you did not acknowledge Sha. Say hello to Diane, liked her so much. Sha still has the turqoise Sporter. Love , auntie gogos I will try to follow your blog.

Julie June 02, 2009 | 11:30 AM

Way to go Darnell. Love the picture of Pa on that old bike. Next time you come home... get my mom back on a bike. Enjoy! We are all waiting for the next blog.... keep riding! Love the picture.

Sandy May 29, 2009 | 8:03 AM

I LOVE IT!!!!! Now I can track you down and your bosses (not necessarily the work kind) can find out where you've been and where you're going!! Keep us posted! Great Photo Darnell. Hope to see you all over the summer.

Sue Sirois May 29, 2009 | 5:22 AM

Awesome! You both rock! Natalie, hope you come to MB next year! We missed you!

Marlo May 28, 2009 | 11:13 AM

Same here! This is really inspirational - what a cool idea!! Keep it coming, ladies! We're enjoying this :)

Nanci May 28, 2009 | 10:14 AM

This is a VERY cool site and very well written. It shows there's much more to women riders than meets the eye! I also cannot wait to continue to visit and read more.

Ella May 26, 2009 | 12:17 PM

This looks like it's gonna be cool! These women sound really interesting and I can't wait to read the next posts.

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