- Michaela George (Mich)
- Founder of Moto F. A. M.
How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?
I feel like my story is going to be a little weird for some people because I have an unusually close relationship with my ex-husband. So a lot of my story includes getting to know Mallorie (his wife) better through attending the first Babes Ride Out event...It was kind of the motivation to go.
My ex husband was the one that told me about Babes In Borrego. He knew Ashmore through mutual work friends and had heard she was organizing some kind of girls only Moto trip and campout.
I reached out to Ashmore because I had been riding motorcycles for almost 10 years at that point and for the most part, with only men. The thought of riding with women was super exciting!
When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to ride to Borrego, where the campout was planned to happen, weeks before the actual event. When I contacted Ashmore for the first time about Babes In Borrego, she invited me to do a test run. I remember sitting at Carlee’s (a small restaurant in Borrego) with Ashmore after we did our test run and laughing about the whole idea. There was nothing quite like this done before so there were zero expectations. 10 girls might show up... or 100. It was super fascinating.
The day of the event Mallorie and I arrived at the gas station meet up spot and saw well over 20 women. I immediately thought....wow.... this is going to be SO FUN!
Did you know anyone there?
I didn’t, other than Ashmore and Mallorie.
Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing?
Every once and a while I step out of my comfort zone but for the most part I’m not really one to go out of my way to do something like this.... but a big part of me going was because it was an opportunity for Mallorie and I to spend time together and get to know each other.
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?
It was totally crazy, but sometimes I kinda feel like the crazy factor was such a huge part of what made me interested in going.
As soon as the huge group of ladies started loading up and pulling out I was like.... holy shit, this is so rad, they did it.... this is going to be such a fun experience.
(I literally get teared up thinking about it as I answer these questions... I didn’t know then the impact this experience was going to have in my life.... absolutely NO IDEA)
What was that one night like for you?
It was amazing. I met so many women. All at didn’t phases of their lives, different interests, different ages, areas, bikes and so on.
I left the next morning wondering what would be next... when can we do this again... will there be another one?
Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years. Do you keep in touch?
My number one focus was getting to know Mallorie better and this trip did exactly that. We leaned on each other a little more than usual because neither of us knew anyone beside ourselves. We met so many interesting women though. We did a ton of socializing...but I have to say the people watching was insane. Good insane! Their were half naked women from LA that were beautiful and confident and SO interesting. There was a mom away from her new baby for the first time who spent time everyday on a breast pump, haha. There was dancing and singing and sand flat races. The sunset was gorgeous.
I made so many friends at that first Babes that I am happy to say, I am still friends with.
As for my relationship with Mallorie, I feel like it was the perfect place for us to start a friendship. We are truly family now and we have attended every BRO since then, together!
How have you changed over the past 5 years?
Oh geez, this is a tough one.
Five years is a good amount of time for change.
Job- (This will be a long answer haha).... This is unquestionably the biggest change in my life since Babes in Borrego. Babes/Anya & Ashmore play a HUGE part in that. Since the first Babes, I started a non profit named Moto F. A. M. Our mission is to help riders facing life changing injuries after a serious motorcycle accident. Anya & Ashmore we’re some of the first people I shot my idea to. Their input and support have been crucial to Moto F. A. M.’s success. For the last 3 years they have opened the door to share their event with my organization. Each year Moto F. A. M. gets to run the BRO raffle. This opportunity has generated a ton of exposure AND raises thousands of dollars each year to help downed riders. So far we have helped over 150 riders/families facing life changing injuries and have funded almost 40 riders the chance to participate in a motorcycle safety course, designed to improve a riders skill level.
I am and always will be so grateful for their help!
Relationship: single then/single now
Motherhood: since the first Babes 2 out of my 3 offspring have grown and become adults. (Whaaaa) My youngest Mateo had actually attended the very first Babes in the Dirt. He passed out candy bars to all the girls that “did a good job” riding.
Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?
Every year BRO is mandatory! Some years we add a week long trip leading us to BRO. I’ve done a girls trip to Washington, one to Portland Oregon, several to Az. I have a planned trip to Sturgis in a couple weeks. I’ll be stopping in Denver to scoop up my long time Babes friend along the way.
What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?
It’s definitely different now vs the first event. The first one was very intimate. It was small enough that we had the opportunity to sit and talk with everyone around a campfire. 50 girl vs 1700+ changes it up quite a bit. The change has it goods though. You might not have the intimacy anymore but you gain so many other cool things. More girls...more personalities...more people watching. There’s live entertainment now..I love that.. especially the karaoke. It’s now twice as long. Girls can venture out and ride different routes that Anya & Ashmore have mapped out for the girls. It still has the welcoming feeling the first one had. The support, the ability to create new friendships. It has been a rad thing to watch grow.
The past few years I’ve had a different perspective now that I’m working the event. I am in a position where nearly every attendee has to come to my booth. Which I absolutely LOVE.... I gotta say, by nature I would probably keep to my circle of friends but since I’m working I get to meet and talk with so many new faces. I get to hear travel stories, I get to learn why they came, who they came with. I love meeting people Moto F. A. M. has helped. I have honestly never been a part of something so big, and so uplifting in my life. I have told women before.... “Babes is a life changing experience”.... and I mean it. It truly is!