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Astronomy Show & Star Party at Babes Ride Out 6

EventsAnya Violet

Joshua Tree is a dark sky community which makes it a perfect location for night sky viewing. For Babes Ride Out 6 we have invited back the Southern California Desert Video Astronomers to host  an evening of looking at the stars. They will have deep space telescopes available for viewing an amazing array of celestial bodies as well as be available to talk space with BRO6 attendees. AND the Orionid meteor shower will be putting on quite a show all weekend. This is  a must see experience and will take place from 7-11pm on Both Friday 10/19 and Saturday 10/20 of BRO6 weekend. Read on to hear more about the Astronomy Arts Theater and make sure and bring $5 for entrance. The $ goes to a great cause and allows the SCDVA to be able to educate the community about the universe. See you there!

photo by Genevieve Davis

photo by Genevieve Davis

Welcome to the World famous "Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater" where we share the adventure of exploring our Cosmos through some of the most powerful astronomical equipment and technology available. 

JTAAT is the World's one and only live deep space astronomy theater where the images we capture live have been called "Hubble like "! 

Visitors will see Galaxies, Nebulae, Stars and Planets projected on to our giant 24 foot screen as we tour the night sky searching for deep space wonders. 

Our powerful visual telescopes will be available to bring images of amazement to everyone. If you have never seen the Rings of Saturn with your own eyes, get ready! 

We will tour the beautiful Joshua Tree night sky pointing out the constellations of the Zodiac and add stories of Mythology as we share the science and lore of the stars.

photo by Genevieve Davis

photo by Genevieve Davis

Astronomy planned for this years Babe's Ride Out:

  • Visual telescopes to see Saturn, Mars and the Moon. Since the Moon will be at almost the Full Moon Phase we will be bringing Moon stories and Moon astronomy.

  • The 3D visual Deep Space Experience will be up and running as will the Virtual Reality Solar System Adventure.

  • Interactive Q&A Laser Sky Tour will happen twice each night.

  • Dark begins with two or three short films that will give telescopes a chance for alignment and for the crew to power up.

  • Fill in music will be from our library of proprietary in house music list.

photo by Genevieve Davis

photo by Genevieve Davis

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Savannah Rose

PeopleAnya Violet

"This was my first real motorcycle ride with any type of real miles, and my first camping trip that didn't involve a car full of gear! " -Savannah Rose. From very little time on two wheels to working with bikes everyday and building her own. Savannah has come a long way since Babes in Borrego in 2013 (literally and figuratively) Read on to hear her story.

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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. 


Savannah Rose


  • Savannah Rose
  • @themouseandthemoto 
  • Rural Wisconsin 
  • Social Media at S&S Cycle - @sscycle

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?

I found out about Babes In Borrego from my friend Emma Bass - she was a friend of a friend who came to my 4th of July party. She rolled up on the Triumph Bonneville and I was instantly in awe of seeing a girl my age on a bike. My mother rode, but I kept putting off learning, but always wanted to. 
We talked about it, she urged me to take the MSF class and learn to ride. She said she had seen the Babes in Borrego flyer it on Instagram, and was planning to go. What could be better, right? A bunch of girls camping out - no judgy dudes and no boyfriends.

 So I did it - I bought a Honda CB360 after taking the MSF Safety Class. I rode that around all summer, finally purchasing a Sportster about 4 days before BIB. I rode that out, terrified, and totally uncomfortable on a bike that was NOT set up properly for me. But despite hurting wrists, sketchy wind, and the nervousness of riding with a bunch of people I didn't know soon subsided when I got there and realized how awesome everyone was. 

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?

"Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod. What am I doing? What if I drop the bike? What if they don't like me? Ohmygod."

Which slowly but surely turned into, "ohmygod, this is awesome!"

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?

This was my first real adventure - I knew Emma, and I had contacted Anya, but I didn't know anyone well. I had been on adventures of sorts - I had toured the country selling merchandise for rock bands, I had taken road trips - but nothing like this! I was a new rider, on a big-to-me-bike. This was my first real motorcycle ride with any type of real miles, and my first camping trip that didn't involve a car full of gear! 

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 had ZERO idea where we were headed. I had never been to that part of the desert, and I hadn't been farther than maybe 50 miles from home on my bike!  But it was an incredible feeling, riding with a bunch of girls, seeing the looks the "cagers" (people in cars, especially the dudes!) gave us when they realized it was all females. 

We got out to the food stop and I had no idea what to expect. We took a pretty sketchy sandy/wash road (ladies, the campsite that we go to now is NOTHIN!) - a lot of girls tipped over, since most of us hadn't had any experience in that terrain and we weren't on bikes made for it. But the accomplishment of making it out to that dry lake bed, past the sand traps, the washouts, and plenty of tipovers, made you feel like you could conquer anything! Somehow I managed to feather the clutch and throttle and not tip, and I was so shocked, and proud of myself. I did it!

What was that one night like for you?

Incredible. We hung out by the fire, talked about girl stuff, talked about motorcycles, talked about so many things. I slept in a sleeping bag by the fire (I passed out while Jack was playing her guitar!)  We rode around on the dry lake bed. It was so low key, chill and exactly what I needed. It wasn't about excluding dudes, but it was about letting us let loose, enjoy ourselves, and be girls. And ride motorcycles. Two things that are not mutually exclusive. 

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 SO MANY!!! I'm still close with Emma, and of course Anya and Ashmore. One of my favorites is Jack - she somehow managed to find the mystery campsite alone, in the dark, after a trip from Arizona and a flat tire, she showed up with a bottle of whiskey and a guitar and played by the fire.  I'm super happy to see a lot of the girls go on to great things, like Mitch and the girls creating MotoFAM, Danielle creating a jewelry company, and of course, the girls creating ATWYLD! 

How have you changed over the past 5 years?

Let's see..  I now live in rural farmland in Wisconsin - I got a killer job doing social media and photos for S&S Cycle (a performance motorcycle parts company that's been around 60 years..) - and I did so after realizing my life wasn't what I wanted. I was married around the time of Babes In Borrego, to a dude, that it didn't work out.  BIB was one of the first things that helped me realize how far back I was being held - and helped me to get the confidence to get my sh*t together, get away from the bad influences, and start doing what I want to do. The confidence I got knowing I could do what I set my mind to, and seeing so many ladies being awesome helped me a ton. I moved around Cali until I scored the job offer, and now I work and play with motorcycles EVERY DAY! Seriously. That's my job now. It's awesome. 

I've got a super cute little house, a Sporty chopper I built myself (with some help from my friends) a dog, and an ever growing collection of motorcycles.. I'm up to 8 right now.. 

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?
SO MANY. So many. I've been to Sturgis, Daytona, Greasy Dozen Run, El Diablo Run, and SO MANY MORE that I can't even name them all. 

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?

INSANE. I had no idea this little campout gathering would grow to be this worldwide thing. It's insane to see nearly 2000 bikes instead of just our 50. It's a little overwhelming, even. It's really cool to see it grow, to see the number of female riders grow, and to see it become a THING. This year, all things permitting, I'll be making the ride out from Wisconsin on my little chop - and I can't wait. 

No campout, ever ever ever, will top Babes In Borrego for me. They say nothing can ever compare to your first time, right? 

 

 

 

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Rebecca Hatcher

PeopleAnya Violet

Rebecca's second ever moto adventure was to Babes in Borrego. She has since been to all of the BRO events and on many many other trips including wedding anniversary rides with her husband. Read on to hear more about her story.

Photo by Genvieve Davis

Photo by Genvieve Davis

babes ride out

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. 


 Rebecca Hatcher


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Name:  Rebecca Hatcher @grindo_luva

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Occupation: Housewife

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?  I heard about it from a friend at another campout and I thought it sounded exciting.  I really wanted to be part of it.

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?  I couldn’t believe there were so many other girls who also shared a love for riding motorcycles. 

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?  I only knew a couple of girls from Los Angeles.  This was my second moto adventure. 

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?  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to ride Babes in Borrego due to medical reasons but I’ve ridden everyone since. I was happy to be chase truck and hauled the camping gear and provisions. I met a lot of great women who I’m still friends with today and I thought the destination was amazing. It was unfortunate that I was unable to ride but it all worked out as I was able to jump all the bikes that ended up with dead batteries. Always carry a trickle charger..

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience. It was really great to have the intimacy of such a small group. We drank, we smoked, we ate peanut butter cups and we listened to Icky Stacie’s crazy ass music.

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years. Do you keep in touch? The 1st girl I met was Stacie, she rode up on her bike alone and I offered to throw her shit in the back of my FJ so she didn’t have to carry it on her bike. We ended up sharing the same tent with a few other girls and we see each other at every campout it’s great. Next I met  Tyra and Jess ..enough said. These ladies had a whole fucking set up and were happy to feed my ass so I was pretty stoked. Tyra is my partner in crime we attend most of the same campout’s and I’m not sure how we’ve never been arrested but that’s a good thing. Ask her about the time I saved her ass from being dead by tent. Last but not least the both of you, Ashmore and Anya. Love running into you guys at the different moto events your always so nice.

How have you changed over the past 5 years? I got married about 4 years ago.

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?   I’ve done a few solo moto trips. Dream Roll in Washington State, Bass Lake and Mexican Hat Utah.  I also rode for my honeymoon up, down, and middle of the West Coast. June gloom is no joke!  My husband and I have made it a point to do a moto trip at least once a year and ride every other year for our anniversary trip. We hit up Sierra Stake Out last year on our way back from a 2 week trip through Oregon  and Washington. Next up Glacier National Park!

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown?  I like the smaller campouts but it’s great to see all the girls even if it’s just once a year.

What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?  I say surround yourself with positive people and you’ll never have a bad time.

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Riley Johnson

PeopleAnya Violet

"Riding has changed my life. It's sparked joy and sense of community in me. It's brought me to the best people I've known and shown me the most beautiful shit I've ever seen. It's given me hope in good people and adventure like I never dreamed possible. I'm so grateful for every minute on my bike. "

A photo I took of  Cass and Nina and Celisse leading the pack down into the desert! Right when I cried! .jpg

A photo I took of  Cass and Nina and Celisse leading the pack down into the desert! Right when I cried! .jpg

babes ride out

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. 


Riley Johnson


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  • Riley Johnson
  • @wrongturnriley

 

I had been riding for approximately four months and was working as a full time housekeeper for a rich family in San Francisco. Celisse had posted online about riding to LA and wondered if any girls wanted to come. I was off that weekend so blindly said yes without knowing we were even going to an event. We ripped to LA, which at the time, was the furthest I had ever ridden. I remember Celisse was amazed my little Honda CM450 could keep up so well. We ended up at Nina's house and it was the first time I met her. Cass was there too and Alice among other badass babes. It was then I found out it was an all girls ride to the desert. I was intimidated, which was not a feeling I was used to, but all of a sudden I was surrounded by the most beautiful women I'd ever seen, in LA, where I'd never really been.  On top of beauty each woman I met was so confident in who they were and what they rode and I was just a 22 year old from the midwest on my little Honda. For the first time in my life I was at a loss for words. What a feeling!

    As for riding with the whole group. Gosh, that was a trip. I'd been lucky enough to learn how to ride with (in my opinion) some of the best rippers out there, so my confidence in group riding was already pretty high. Learning how to ride a motorcycle in SF will force you to be strong and fast. So I remember being a little frustrated and longing to rip ahead. After the stop in a big gravel lot to re-group (Another intimidating yet amazing moment meeting so many babes, all of our eyes just shining cause we knew we were doing something special. We knew we were up to something good. Me, Nina, Cass and Celisse took the front. This next part is burned into my memory: I'd never really seen the desert and to this day its still my favorite. We came to what looked like the edge of the world, Borrego sprawled out below us for miles. I definitely cried, (no shock there, I am always crying at beautiful shit while ripping) I believe that was my first cry from a bike. I felt so powerful, we were absolutely hauling down the side of a mountain with 50 women on bikes behind us. And I was in the front with 3 of the most inspiring and intimidating women I'd met. It was MAGIC.

After a nice stop and some beers and lunch came the sand.. DUN DUN DUUUUN.. lol I still haven't made it through that sand without eating shit. I had just got done ripping Lana around so she could take photos of babes on bikes. (Who did I think I was?? I'd been riding for four months total and I'm taking ladies around on the back of my bike, classic overconfidence) Now I had Liza on the back of my Honda and we were to ride through two miles of sand. I wasn't yet a strong enough rider to understand that I should ask Liza to sit forward. So she's leaning back into my sissy bar filming and I'm trying to ride in a foot of sand. I mean babes are dropping like flies, it was hilarious, and then BOOM I dropped like a fly too! Busted my head light, bruised my leg but all was chill.

Finally we get to the dried up lakebed, It was so insane! We all walked around smiling and hugging and showing our little scrapes from eating shit, we got back on the bikes and started ripping on the lakebed at sunset. I met so many girls that night. Told ghost stories with Lana. Zipped Nina backwards in her sleeping bag overly concerned for her warmth and probably almost suffocated her. I remember Jack finally pulling in so late and serenading us around the fire. The girls kept teasing me about my fear of scorpions until I found one in my jacket the next morning! I remember feeling in awe and a little bit like I didn't belong in such an amazing place with such interesting and pretty women. I felt small in the best kind of way. 
 

I've stayed close with many of the girls I met that night. When I lived in AZ for a couple years Nina drove out and took me to Sedona for the weekend camping. I see her every time I'm in LA. Last summer I stopped by and we laughed and ate Shoshito peppers and I cook them up constantly to this day. 

I stayed with Cass for a week in LA over the summer. Her husband took me adventuring for the day in his 49 ford and they bought me Budweiser to shotgun in the backyard. :) 

Celisse and I just danced on chairs to an Elvis dance party right before I moved back to MPLS a couple weeks ago. And I still chit chat online with tons of the other inspiring women and follow their lives through social media. I've followed Chevy getting married and comment on her videos of Sequoia probably too much. I’m constantly impressed with Genevieve's work, endlessly jealous of Jenny's adventures and proud of each girl I follow.
 

  In the past five years I've changed immensely. I've moved states probably five times. Went back to MPLS when my mom got sick to care for her until she passed. Moved into the woods by myself for 6 weeks outside of Duluth to reflect and write. I went back to SF worked at a Ducati shop. Moved to Humboldt and grew pot on a large scale. Then embarked on my first cross country rip on the Red Wood Roll and beyond. I've been in love twice and broke my heart twice. I was a helicopter mechanic in Mesa Arizona for two years. Then bartender back in SF, I went to Paris alone for the first time and soon I'm off to India. I started my own annual ride and took twenty five friends to Mexico on motorcycles on the most recent one. I'm now back in MPLS forcing myself to settle for a while and enjoying the family time, cheap rent, and lack of parking tickets.  I've fallen in love over and over with life and I'm as lost as ever. I am as happy as I choose to be. I'm still searching and seeking meaning every day. I ride a crazy wave of emotion about it constantly, but that’s who I am and I'm just running with it. 
 

Since that rip I've ridden cross country a few times over. I started a ride called the Flux Capacitor three years ago. We just finished our third annual trip on a ride down to Mexico and partied harder than ever. It's awe inspiring to have people ride over 600 miles each way three years running just to be with one another and have a good time. It's brought me more joy and laughter and dancing on tables than I could have dreamed. After we got back I loaded up and rode my motorcycle from SF to Minnesota to settle in for a while, though I am already feeling restless of course! Riding has changed my life. It's sparked joy and sense of community in me. It's brought me to the best people I've known and shown me the most beautiful shit I've ever seen. It's given me hope in good people and adventure like I never dreamed possible. I'm so grateful for every minute on my bike. And extra stoked on my flux crew and all my people that continually get out there with me every year. 

I'll see ya'll down the road, ya hear?

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Melanie Lucia

PeopleAnya Violet

It takes a sense of adventure to ride out on your motorcycle to meet up with a bunch of other riders you have never met and camp at an undisclosed location. Melanie found the adventure she was looking at a pivotal time in her life when she went to Babes in Borrego back in 2013. Read on to hear more about her story and what she has been up to over the past 5 years. 

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babes ride out

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. 


 Melanie Lucia


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• Melanie Lucia

•  @hellsmels

• San Diego

• Hair dresser 

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?

I was invited to Babes in Borrego by a chick I met at a co-ed roller derby scrimmage. I had never ridden with chicks before, and she was a bad ass on the track, so I couldn’t say no! I got my first motorcycle when I was 21 and always rode with the guys. It only took 7 years to be invited to ride with some ladies, I was looking forward to it. 

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts? 

It was pretty intimidating!  It was also very inspiring. I think 8-10 bikes left the first meet up.  I had NEVER seen that many girls on bikes in one place at the same time.  Riding into the meet up in Temecula blew my mind. Women from every direction were pulling into that gas station on motorcycles.  When I heard there were 50, I couldn’t believe it!!

Did you know anyone there?

I didn’t really know anyone, I had met Machine at roller derby, once!  Then met a couple of her friends in the morning on the way to the first meet up. Later on that evening, I did run into a couple friends from San Diego by the camp fire!  

Is going on an adventure solo like this something you do or was this a first time out of your element kind of thing?

A few months before Babes, I was going through a divorce and riding my bike was awesome therapy. I hopped on my old sportster and rode up to San Francisco. Solo. I had done a few longer trips, but not alone. 

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?

Riding with all of the ladies out to Borrego was sooooo fun. That hill going down Montezuma hwy, hauling a$$ with chicks that knew how to ride....AMAZING!

Now, the dirt road heading out to the dry lakebed...that’s a different story. I had just bought my dyna, which is way heavier than my old sporty.  That dirt road was a nightmare. I saw spilled bikes and burnt legs. But we all made it!

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience. 

Borrego was so cool. Ripping around the dry lakebed. Was this the year we brought the baby pool?!  S’mores.  Apple pie moonshine. Meeting tons of fun new people.  Massive campfire. Fireworks!!  

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years. Do you keep in touch?

Machine, T-bone and Genevieve were the crew I rode with to the first meet up. Thanks to roller derby for putting me in the right place at the right time! Since then Machine and I went to Seattle for roller derby national champs and have camped at multiple Babes Rides together! 

I remember meeting Jackie and Daniella at a gas station...or Carlees?  Daniella was the only other chick on a dyna, she was instantly cool. It took me about 6 months to find her on Instagram, only to realize she was the one that took a ton of killer photos that weekend.   

Rachel (or Brooklyn) and I met in between Long Beach and Temecula. Her saddle bag was open, after flagging her down then having to haul ass to catch back up with the crew, I knew we’d get along.  She was my campfire buddy, even threw my s’mores in the fire.  She came to San Diego 2 years ago and we got to party in Mexico for the night!!

How have you changed over the past 5 years? 

5 years ago I was going through a divorce. Rebuilding my life back in San Diego. Now I’m working with a group of awesome girlfriends.  I’ve gotten to travel a lot, meet tons of new people. Go on awesome adventures with my amazing super supportive boyfriend. Life can’t be better! 

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who? 

I rode up to Portland with Jackie, Genevieve, Chelsea, Daniella and Mitch. We camped and rode all up the PCH then shot over to Portland. Big Sur, Avenue Of the Giants, Oregon coast! We hit a ton of skateparks on that trip too. A skateboard fits perfectly between the bars and fairing! 

Bandit town one year for the 4th of July was a long fun ride and camp. Actually, the camp sucked, I hadn’t bought a good sleeping pad yet!  But the ride was beautiful, and hot.  Rode through Yosemite and watched fireworks at Bass lake. 

El Diablo run counts right?!  Riding then camping in San Felipe!! 

I was able to do the first Babes Ride Out UK!  Another trip that I joined knowing nobody!  About a week before getting to London, Andrea Dosouto asked if she could make the trip on the back of my rental bike. I was a little nervous renting a bigger bike (heritage softail), having a passenger AND riding on the opposite side of the road! That ride was a dream! I made that trip a huge loop of the UK. After riding through Wales with the girls I headed north solo and got to visit a good friend up in Scotland and meet a ton of awesome people along the way. Ps, the rain suits that come with Harley rentals in London ONLY fit XL men!!  

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown? 

It’s sooooo different coming back to Babes!  I meet new people every year.  Some years there’s so much going on that I don’t run into people that I was hoping to see from previous years, but everyone is having a good time. It’s nice having food trucks and not having to bring tons of food, although we do anyway because it’s fun to cook over a campfire! 


 

 

 

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Beulah Mae

PeopleAnya Violet
Photo by Daniella Renee

Photo by Daniella Renee

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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. 


Beulah Mae


·       NAME - Beulah Mae

·       INSTAGRAM HANDLE - @bornmean

·       LOCATION - Lake Elsinore CA

·       OCCUPATION - housewife/hustler

How did you find out about Babes in Borrego and what made you want to be a part of it?

---- I saw one post on Facebook from my friend Sandra, I had been riding for just over 6 months and mostly by myself. I never really had the opportunity to meet and ride with other women like me. My husband didn't ride at the time and I was too intimidated to go to most events by myself. Everyone has their biker costumes on and you can't tell which women were riders until they got on their bikes and then it was too late because they were riding home. Not that I would have run up and said "Hey, let's be freinds!!!" This campout for sure felt like it was the place to do just that.

When you arrived at the meet up, what was your first thoughts?

--- I underestimated the scene before I got there, I was still in "mom" mode at the time and I actually had my husband follow me up with a dispenser full of ice water just in case you girls were thirsty.

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?

--- I did not know a single person. My friend Sandra who posted about it in the first place wasn't able to go and I just wasn't going to let that stop me. I was WAAAAYYYY out of my comfort zone. I showed up with a motorcycle and a smile. I wasn't on IG so I was just following along from the FB event and the emails you sent out. I think that was probably what convinced me, seeing the kind of women that were responding with those first blog posts, it was intimidating but inspiring. I had NO IDEA what to expect or what I was in for. I had never even been on a group ride before.

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?

--- There are a few moments that stick out. When we left the Starbucks parking lot, I just got in line and tried to stay in position. The first moment that felt like I was in the middle of some real biker shit was when we all pulled over to regroup after getting separated at the lights and a few women pulled out to block the traffic so we could all get going in one group. I felt protected by these strangers. (I just got a little verklempt, that just hit me really weird right now) The next super memorable moment was cresting the hill on S22 and heading down in to Borrego Springs, I think I've been on that road once before but not on my bike. It's a whole different experience, seeing the desert and the Salton Sea, it was pretty amazing. Those are the views I now cherish when I'm riding to new places, coming up over a hill and not knowing what is on the other side.  - I also remember the last gas stop before heading to camp and Ashmore was in front of me and her dude Mike "happened" to be  there (I'm really curious to know what he thinks of the event since he's seen it grow from Borrego) and Ashmore said to him "God babe, get out of here, you're so embarrassing!"

What was that one night like for you? Tell us about your experience.

--- I was familiar with the area, I camp with my family out in Truck Haven so I knew what I would be in for as far as the weather and what the camping conditions would be. I can't really remember who I started talking with first, we were all just sort of shooting the shit with whoever was standing next to you at the time. There was no template back then, not for me at least. Everyone I met seemed very genuine, down to earth and excited to be there. I made it down that sandy road in to camp, set up my tent and then was just kind of in awe watching everyone ride around, laughing, the sun was going down, I mean it was the most perfect weather you could ask for out there. I brought a couple bottle rockets with me so after it got dark and everyone was kind of gathered around the fire it seemed like a good time to shoot them off. After that Lindsey said she knew she had to talk to me because I came prepared. I was really happy she adopted me that night and I ended up riding home with that group of ladies she came with: Caroline, Britt and Ana and we had breakfast in Temecula the next morning, I think Rebecca had breakfast with us too but wasn't riding, she came in her truck.

Tell us about the ladies you met and have your friendships have evolved over the past 5 years.  Do you keep in touch?

--- Lindsey was probably the most important person I met that night, it turned out that she knew my husband from living in San Clemente and we had some mutual friends - it was just too weird to not remain friends. I don't see her often enough but I do try to keep in touch. I met a lot of other women afterwards, connecting through social media. We would ride together or see each other at events. I definitely have made very strong friendships with a few other ladies, some friendships fizzled out and other friendships are just a logistical issue of trying to find time to meet up, but I am always happy to spend the time that I get with them.

How have you changed over the past 5 years? (jobs, relationship, location, family, feel free to tell us as little or much as you want here).

--- Well the first big change was starting my IG account, and now I can't remember what came first the IG handle or the knuckle tattoos. Big changes.... When I wrote my first intro to you I was a carpooling mom of a couple of boy scouts and now I have one son who has been in the Navy for 2 years, and another son who just graduated high school and is heading in to the Army.  Since the campout I was lucky enough to be part of the group that started Belles On Bikes, the aim was to meet and connect other female riders the same way you guys did at Babes In Borrego, show up, make friends. I am now also co-hosting a podcast called Girl On A Moto with my friend Connie, just another way to be involved and also learn more about our moto community. I have only been riding for about 5 years now and still have a lot to learn, but I also feel like I have a lot to offer as far as supporting people in the community or encouraging people to get a bike and ride. I know for sure I have inspired my family, my mom got her M1 and a Honda Rebel and rides out to BRO with me, my oldest son got his M1 and we got to ride together a few times before he left for the Navy and my husband recently got a bike and we are looking forward to taking trips together once our last little birdie leaves the nest.

Have you gone on any more camping / riding trips since that 2013 ride? If so, where and with who?

--- Yup!! Plenty, and I've even planned a few campouts with Belles on Bikes. Our last campout we had 38 girls ride up to Palomar for a night of fun and games. I've been through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona on my bike with a few girls I met in Borrego and through Belles. I went up the coast with my friend Joyce, we saw a concert in Santa Cruz and then camped in Sequoia. I went to Dream Roll last year. I've taken a solo trip to Big Sur, I've been to every Babes Ride Out event. In 5 years I've put over 50,000 miles on my bike.

What is it like coming back to Babes Ride Out as it has grown? 

--- I love it, it's close to home and all my friends are there. Every year the accommodations get nicer and the event is more thoughtful, it feels like every concern is met and then some. If you go to Babes and can't have a good time, I hate to break it to you, but you're an asshole, and if you're not an asshole then don't be afraid to have fun! That's why we're all there.

What are your thoughts on the Moto community and industry as a whole?

--- I don't know man,  my community is awesome. I try to avoid nonsense and be supportive and find people that are supportive of me. There are things in society that bother me in an equal way that there are things in parts of the moto community that just aren’t for me, so I try to avoid those situations. I don't go anywhere asking for trouble, riding my motorcycle is my happy place and I want to find and to spread as much happiness as I can in to my life and this hobby.