She found out about Babes in Borrego the day before the ride. After a quick cruise on our blog she decided she was IN! Stacey Bookshier rolled up to the meet-up spot at our first ever campout not knowing anyone. Her vintage moto didn’t let her down on those desert roads and she walked away from that weekend with new friends and a new annual tradition of attending all of our Joshua Tree campouts! Read on to hear more about Stacey and her experience that weekend.
On October 5th 2013, 50 women rode out to an undisclosed location for a night of camping and camaraderie. What would follow could not have been predicted by anyone. The positivity, passion and enthusiasm for those 50 women has fueled the growth and exposure of a community that has meant so much to so many. We are highlighting each of those 50 women and sharing their stories over the past 5 years.
· Stacey Brookshier
· San Diego, CA
· Office Jerk
How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?
I feel like I’m always the last to know and for Babes it was true. I didn’t really use social media when Babes was announced so I had no idea. I found out a day before the event from my friend Isaac who owned Trophy Motorcycles in San Diego. I checked out the blog and read “roll call” and I was in.
When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?
When I arrived at the gas station there were only three other women there, Caroline, Lindsey and Rebecca. They offered to throw my hastily packed camping gear in their chase truck. I was stoked because I had this flat seat with all my gear strapped down with bungees threatening to fall off. As more women trickled in I was amazed how many people the post had reached.
Did you know anyone there? Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing?
When I was younger I took solo car road trips but never to a meet up or an event.
At the meet up I didn’t know anybody. I had texted two of my friends about it the day I found out. One knew about it, but it looked like they weren’t going to come. To my surprise they pulled up to the campsite that evening, and I have been to every Babes in Joshua tree with them since.
To go to something like this and the destination be unknown is kind of crazy. What did you think of riding with all those ladies and of the destination?
My bike at the time was vintage and didn’t want to start when everybody was ready to pull away. I panicked and thought I was going to miss out. I eventually kicked it over, thankfully, and had a blast riding with everybody.
What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience.
I was so impressed with the amount of thought and love that Anya and Ashmore put into Babes in Borrego not knowing what the result would be. I am grateful for your efforts ladies. Everything just unfolded beautifully. There were so many personalities it was like a little buffet of meeting interesting, positive women. Sitting around that fire and hearing the bits of everyone’s background made that dry lakebed an unexpected comfortable place to be. It was my first night playing Cards Against Humanity and it was on a homemade deck that made me think they made the game up themselves.
I didn’t pack a tent but luckily Rebecca and Lindsey let me crash theirs, I would have probably froze if not for them.
Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years. Do you keep in touch?
There are a few that I still get to see from time to time. I was really stoked to meet more women from San Diego, some I see more often than others. I met Sanna at the first Babes, (calling her out), she doesn’t remember me from then even though she drank my water. Sanna, I love you and I’m so happy we became good friends.
How have you changed over the past 5 years?
At the first Babes I was recently unemployed but found a job shortly after. My extremely talented and good-looking boyfriend of 6 years plays bass in The Distillers, it’s really humbling and exciting to see him play. We have a house just outside of Downtown San Diego, with our 3 dogs, where we are working to become more self-sufficient with our small vegetable garden.
Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?
I realized at the first Babes that I had met Lindsey at Elusive Unicorn years before and we had both attended Slab City Riot. I’ve been to another large organized campout out since, other than Babes, but they’re too much party for me. I have been on a couple local camping trips, with women I met through Babes and their S.O.’s, to Borrego and Idyllwild.
What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?
It is dizzying to think of all the details that are put into these events. Growing from 50 to thousands of women is astonishing. I am in awe of the women who come from all over to be a part of this and grateful for the people it has brought into my life.
What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?
I guess you take the good with the bad. Motorcycle events are a lot more crowded than they were years ago, but with that more products and manufactured parts have become available. I love that there’s finally riding gear that don’t make women look like they’re about to get on the back of a road sofa.