Emma was one of the 3 other women that I knew that rode motorcycles prior to Babes in Borrego. I had seen her ripping around town in Long Beach on her Triumph Bonneville even before I had a street bike of my own. When she first heard about Babes in Borrego she was IN since day 1 and can now say that 80% of her friendships have come from that little campout and what has spawned from it. It is always a pleasure seeing Emma every year! Read her story below and give her a high five at BRO6!
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.
• Emma bass
• Dana Point, CA
How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?
I can’t remember how but I do remember being totally IN from the second the word reached me.
When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?
Save for a few women, I knew nobody in the community. I was intimidated by EVERYONE there!
Did you know anyone there?
Several friends but way more new faces!
Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing?
I did a ton of riding in my first couple of years and it was a lot of solo adventures but it was my first time in Borrego Springs.
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?
I ride in the very back if I can, I like knowing I’ve got the whole picture in front of me and nobody can fall behind without someone to stop with. Most of the time my head was on a swivel because the roads are just beautiful...rolling onto our own dry lake bed in a 50-something rider line was cool too I guess. ;)
What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience.
General mayhem and rumpus, of course I was one of the first to fall asleep by the fire. At some point I was kind of bobbing above and below sleep because there was this beautiful voice singing, accompanied by an acoustic guitar...the song was so pretty I kept trying to commit it to memory. That ended up being Jack (@onedirtybiker) and she had arrived solo shortly before, in the absolute dead of night after changing a flat tire and navigating a couple miles of unmarked dirt roads. She set a bar that year for sure.
Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years. Do you keep in touch?
I would say 80% of my friendships are due to that little campout. It’s truly incredible.
How have you changed over the past 5 years?
Started saying “it is what it is” to a (probably) annoying degree, let go of a lot of self-inflicted social pressure, met a hunky man-angel named Nate that makes life way more fun than I already thought it could be...and put real effort towards not comparing myself to others. It’s cliché but at a certain point in your life it just becomes one of those things that you don’t have time for anymore!
Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?
I went on a solo fall trip in 2014, my trajectory actually began at BRO 2. I left from there and meandered my way across country and back and it’s still one of the most formative experiences of my life, even having been a full time rider for several years by that point. It’ll never stop teaching you if you’re always open to learning from it. The following year, a group of friends and I followed a similar path together and had a rain-heavy but really fun time. We are really lucky to live in a country rife with National Parks and open roads.
What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?
I realized last year- it’s become very organic as the years go by. Everyone is there to have their own experiences and nobody is worried about making a certain impression. Everyone is kind and happy, seriously! Two years in a row now I’ve gotten to co-host the mechanical bull riding competition with my gal @littleburdie and there’s never not been a drink in my hand because everyone is always making sure that even the volunteers are having a good time.
What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?
The community has always been there, for me and others. I’m just really lucky I happened into it.