Thank you Debi for showing me that I can do this. I learned to ride just over a year ago at 52. I was in an accident that kept me off my bike for half a year. I am finally back on and slowly gaining my confidence again. You have shown me that I can accomplish my dream of riding my girl, Sophia, to and in the lower 48 states plus Alaska. I have lived through a divorce, three career changes, and the loss of my mother to a heart attack (on her way to come to take care of me after my accident). I know that I can overcome it all and reach my goals.

Again, thank you!

Dawn Nickel
Anaheim, CA
Saturday, September 21, 2019
First and foremost, I'm so proud of you.

I, too, rode on the back of my husband's bike, but only once. I went home from work that week and declared, "I'm gonna take a class this week." He asked what for, and when I told him he said, "You don't like riding on the back of my bike?" I laughed and said "Noooooo!"

I took the class and bought a brand new Harley Sportster in 2001. I learned to ride on it and dropped it a few times. In 2003 I bought a 100th anniversary Heritage Springer Softail and I love it. Be safe and keep the rubber on the road.

Mary Jo Shauinger
Pinetop, AZ
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Great article Debi! I, too, began my motorcycle adventures at the age of 50. We share several life adventures in common. I, however, do not have your courageā€”I admire you for striking out on your own!

Rolla, MO
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Thank you for a most inspiring article. I can relate to your expressing being soul sick at a time in your life, for various reasons. I have a million things to be grateful for and I am very blessed, but this year has proven to be one of the toughest. My daughter's illness, being alienated by my sisters, and a career that has completely sucked the life out of me, are just a few of 2019s challenges. But when I get on my bike and ride, you can literally feel the release of all of the overwhelming pressures life throws at you. The dark cloud of depression is in your rear view and who wants to look back. Looking forward to the opportunity to explore the world, two wheels at a time, as I know today's heartaches will only make me stronger.

Saratoga Springs, NY
Tuesday, September 17, 2019