My memory of Caroline at Babes in Borrego back in 2013 is of her throwing her kickstand down on the dry lake bed and running back to help coach other riders on how to get through the sand pit. She was pretty much ready and available with any random bike issues anyone was having and was named out MVP at our Borrego reunion we had a few years ago since she trucked out her 3 custom mini bikes and hosted impromptu mini bike races at camp. She is the kind of girl you are always happy to see at any of the moto events. Read on to hear a bit more about her experience at Babes in Borrego.
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.
- Caroline Patterson
- Pasadena, CA
- Costume Designer
New to motorcycling, and the women's moto community, I first heard about Babes in Borrego from Tamara Wilson! She assured me that the "girls putting it together" were "the BEST". A couple ladies and I got together and rode south from LA, to catch the big meet up at a gas station in Temecula. Once we found the group we followed along and headed to the secret location. It was windy as hell that day- it was definitely a challenging ride with the weather. A lot of the ladies had never ridden out of the comfort of their own neighborhoods, so it was a little hairy a couple times... but we made it to the site with little to no drama. That dirt road was a little different. (BAHAHAHAHA) I remember getting through, with only one bike drop of my own- then parking my bike and running back to coach others through.
Still my absolute favorite was when I said to you 2 something about maybe it would have been good to let some of the rookies know it was a challenging road in and someone said "today...some girls became women." Rock n’ fucking roll!
I had a great night- meeting lots of cool women. Some I'm still friends with- most I recognize and am happy to collide with at other events around SoCal occasionally.
I had a great moto adventure to the first Moto in Moab a few years back. 2000 miles of all kinds of weather. From boiling hot to freezing cold. Drew from Bixby Moto and Jen McClain were my travel buddies.
I have not made it back to the bigger events but that’s just me digging a smaller more personal thang. Big crowds make me nervous. haha. But our last reunion with the original 50 was tons of fun! I hope to do it again!
Moto community is rad. There’s gonna be a lot of ups and downs as far as members of the moto scene- but I dig it either way. Bring the curious and the trend-seeker-wanna-be's.... the more awareness the public has of motorcyclists the better!!