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Cheryl Maples Explains Why Her 2018 Triumph Bobber Black Was the Perfect Combination of Speed, Response, and Beauty

People, Roll CallAshmore Ellis

Dealerships can be a tiny bit intimidating to a rider who is looking to purchase off the showroom floor as the choices can be overwhelming as every bike has their own appeal. Cheryl Maples found herself staring at 2018 Triumph Bobber Black, a bike she didn't even know was on the market, while accompanying her friend to look for her first bike at Motoprimo Motorsports in Lakeville Minnesota.  Sure, it was perfect visually, but was it perfect for the style of riding she liked to do? Cheryl went home to do her research and found herself back at the dealership 4 days later asking for the keys to her new Bobber. Read on to see what she found out about this beautiful machine and what won her over in the end. 

  • Name: Cheryl Maples

  • Location: St. Paul, MN

  • Instagram handle: @chmeryl

  • Occupation: Student & Crew at Trader Joes

How long have you been riding motorcycles? My first time on a motorcycle was in 2013. I had my permit but never went through with taking the riders course and getting my endorsement until May 2018.

Why do you ride motorcycles? For the feeling when you and your motorcycle move as one. The adrenaline rush, the stress relief, and going fast.  The feeling of being free, open, independent, and liberated.

Run us through the list of bikes you have had in your past: I learned on my husbands 80’s Kawasaki enduro, I had a 1983 Yamaha Virago for a very short period of time and then I got my 2018 Triumph Bobber Black.

What first attracted you to Triumph?  The styling of their bikes. I’ve always thought they looked the most attractive, plus they have a great reputation.

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How did you know it was the bike for you? It just felt right. My friend and I went to a dealership for her to find her first bike, I didn’t even know that this Bobber existed.  It caught my eye and I instantly fell in love with it. From the fat 16” front wheel to it’s matte blacked out muscular body, it was my dream bike. I left the dealership empty handed but couldn’t stop thinking about that bike.  I went home and did some research, learned a bit more about this motorcycle and bought it four days later.

Tell us what it is like to ride? This bike is a blast to ride! I like it because it looks old school and stylish, but it has a very modern sporty feel to it. It has a very responsive throttle because of the “ride-by-wire” technology. Once its spooled up it has plenty of power to get up and go. The bike is a little resistant to turning compared to some other bikes I’ve experienced, which is actually nice because it wants to stay up straight when riding, requiring less effort from the rider to keep it from drifting. Despite this, it does not have any difficulty cornering when you want it to. The bike is very maneuverable and can really lean into a turn. The suspension also does a great job at eliminating most of the feedback from the road. The brakes are very effective and do not lock up no matter how hard you squeeze them. All of the electronics are easy to manage, with the controls right at your fingertips. It has a digital fuel indicator, as well as features a fuel range indicator that makes it super easy to plan your next stop for gas. The modern tech and the old school style really make this bike an absolute blast to ride, whether its to the gas station for a soda, or down the road for a day-trip.

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What made you choose your model over the other Triumph Models?  The options that this bike has are amazing. It has twin front disc brakes, ABS, traction control, rain/road mode, and features that my car doesn’t even have. I just thought it had a lot to offer along with the way they styled this bike. Triumph did a phenomenal job when they built it.

What has been your favorite adventure you have taken on your new bike? Riding alongside the Mississippi River on the Great River Road in Wisconsin. Our area has a very winding and beautiful stretch that follows a few hundred miles around Lake Pepin. There are various intersections and bridges so you have the option of completing an all day lap around the lake, or taking a short trip by crossing a bridge early and coming back up the river on the Minnesota side. No matter how long you choose to ride these roads, its always a beautiful trip.

Do you have any fun road trips planned? I don’t currently have any planned right now but I have definitely started a list of places I want to go. I haven’t gotten the opportunity to experience a Babes Ride Out event but I follow their Instagram page and the women are a huge inspiration for me.  It makes me want to be more and do more. I look up to all of these amazing women riders.

Want to test ride the Bobber Black? Click HERE

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Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Nina Kaplan

People, Roll CallAnya Violet

We connected with Nina over instagram before Babes in Borrego was even born. In fact, connecting with her was one of the reasons we thought maybe we should extend the invite to more women we were meeting on social media. From day #1 Nina has been an encouraging, inspiring, and truly awesome fixture in this community. Her passion for a life on two wheels is intoxicating and her positive state of mind and welcoming energy make you just want to be around her. Five years later we look back and are so thankful to have met Nina on that dry lake bed in the middle of nowhere at our first ever camp out. Read on to get to know Nina!

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

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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. 


Nina Kaplan


photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

·       FULL NAME  NINA KAPLAN

·       INSTAGRAM HANDLE @niinhellhound

·       LOCATION Los Angeles

·       OCCUPATION Occupational Therapist

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

As social media connected more and more women on motorcycles in 2013, I became aware of Anya and Ashmore, via a mutual photographer friend. We sent some messages back and forth, and I was invited to scout the site in Borrego with them for the first ever BABES RIDE OUT. Due to work commitments, I was unable to scout, however I was intent on going to the event. I had purchased my first motorcycle in 2011 and found some women to ride with in the SF bay area. I was keen to meet a group in LA as I had just relocated south.

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

When I arrived at the meet up at the Starbucks in Temecula I think, I remember thinking, there’s a lot of us ladies on motos here! This is going to be a great weekend adventure.

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 go to the event with two women rider friends I rode in the Bay area with, one of whom had recently moved to So Cal as well. Via social media, I was also connected to a crew of women from Portland were making the trek down for the event. One can feel out of their element in a new group scenario, but I tend to thrive and seek out those exact types of experiences. I love the opportunity to do and be involved in something new.

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 in a group is always tough, especially a group of unknown riders. I was fortunate to have some familiar friends with me, whom I stuck with for the ride. There were instances of passing, and going around riders who were inexperienced. We wove our way near the front, and I remember as we crested the hill and looked over into the Borrego Springs Valley, what an amazing view and feeling it was! The coordinates took us to a dirt road, which in reality was a mile or so of soft sand. The kind of sand that is like snow, it just so soft. It was wild to ride down that road together, going slow and helping others who had wiped out.

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

I remember getting into the valley with the dry lake bed where camp would be. I had been speaking to a few other MOTO ladies from Portland and I was excited to connect with them and some friends that had ridden out from NY. As the sun set the ladies took to their bikes, and I remember them ripping around an oval on the dry lake bed in the golden hours of the day. I took a quiet moment by myself to take it all in. I thought here I am with the wild women, right where we belong. Off the grid, many of us not know to each other at that time, but sharing the common mentality of adventure and comradery, and even without knowing the other women well or at all, there was a sense that we were there to support each other. It was a powerful feeling to be immediately connected to so many like minded women.

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

I met so ladies on this trip, many whom I developed deep and lasting friendships with. Friendships that have taken me across the country in the US and on adventure moto trips in Guatemala. The connections made in year one are some of most cherished. I return to the even every year to continue to make new connections.

How have you changed over the past 5 years?

So much has changed for me in the years since the first event, as life is ever-changing. Something I am most excited about developing in the years since the first event is my involvement in the BRO DIRT event. I have attended for 3 years and finally was able to bring a dirt bike of my own to the last event. I am excited to make the same connections and deepen friendships with the ladies that ride dirt.

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

In 2015 I was lucky to go across country with Harley Davidson and Lana McNaughton of the Women’s Moto Exhibit. Other riders included Jenny Czinder of (strange Vacation) whom I met at year one BRO, and Imogen Lethonen (who I attended year 2 with), and Megan who I met at year 2 as well I think.

In December of 2016 I did a 12 day self-guided moto trip in Guatemala with Leslie Padoll of BH.and.BR and Kate Unver whom I met at BRO east coast.

I was also lucky enough to attend year one of BRO east coast, as so many ladies from the east coast come out to the west coast event, I wanted to do the opposite. I rode with Kate and Leslie on this trip and it was a great experience, I love the first year of an event, it always seems to hold the most magic.

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

Initially the growth of the event felt foreign and a departure from the first year. However, as I have attended throughout the years, I have reveled in how many women the event attracts, and seen it as an opportunity to connect to a wider and wider group of moto women! Now the event is such an amazing production it feels like a moto festival and I love it!

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

I love being part of the women’s moto community, I feel that as the minority within the industry as a whole we hold a very valuable position and the ability to connect and bond with each other at events such as BRO is very important.  

Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Sanna Boman

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Sanna has always been an inspiration to us! You can truly feel her passion for riding and we love to see her put down a ton of miles on her roadtrips. She is one of the nicest people you could meet and we are so stoked that she was with us at our first ever campout! read on to hear her story! “I can honestly say that the original Babes in Borrego event was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a super empowering experience rolling out of Temecula 50 women deep! The Sand Diego crew have since become some of my best friends and we've attended every BRO since together”-Sanna

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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. 


Sanna Boman


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·       FULL NAME: Sanna Maria

·       INSTAGRAM HANDLE: @cylinderella

·       LOCATION: San Diego, CA

·       OCCUPATION: Managing Editor at Roadtrippers

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

I saw the flyer on Instagram. This was in 2013, back when it was super rare to see motorcycle events targeted at women only, other than the occasional “Ladies Night” at the local Harley dealership. I had been riding for a few years and already knew a small group of women who rode, so a few of us decided to go.

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

Arriving at the meet up spot in Temecula was pretty exciting. No one knew how many people were going to show up, and more and more ladies just kept rolling in! We were all just mingling and introducing ourselves to new people. I don't think I realized then how many of those ladies I would actually become friends with later.

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 went with two friends, Nina and Jess, so it wasn’t a solo adventure for me. Jess had only been riding for a couple of months at this point, and she was on a little 250 Virago, but she totally kicked ass through heavy winds on the freeway and twisty mountain roads taking us down into Borrego. My Sportster wasn't running at the time (which was not at all unusual for that particular bike), so I ended up renting a newer sporty just for this trip.  

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 so much fun on that ride. Everyone kind of naturally broke into three groups: faster riders in the front, slower riders in the back, and everyone else in the middle. It was a super empowering experience rolling out of Temecula 50 women deep, and then trying to keep up with the really fast, experienced ladies in the front. Arriving in Borrego was... interesting. To get to the camping spot, we had to ride through two miles of sand—and not the tightly packed kind. Girls around me were dropping left and right, but I somehow made it all the way through without incident. Good thing, since I was on a rental bike.

A few years later, when we returned to the same spot for the Babes in Borrego reunion, I was on a brand new Dyna that I had bought just a few weeks earlier and was still getting used to. That was even sketchier, but again, I somehow made it there and back without dropping my bike. Just the thought of riding that sandy stretch still gives me anxiety though.

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

I can honestly say that the original Babes in Borrego event was one of the best experiences of my life. I wrote a fairly sentimental blog post about it on Red Rag Garage (a women’s motorcycle blog I run with my friend Katie) a while back.   

My favorite thing about that night: A bunch of fearless women ripping up and down a dry lake bed as fast as their bikes would go, without helmets or a care in the world. That was one of my biggest YOLO-moments.

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

Yes! I met so many amazing women that first day and night, and I keep in touch with many of them. Since I’m in San Diego and many of the other ladies are in the LA and Orange County areas, I don’t get to see them as much as I would like. But the San Diego people I didn't already know (Stacey, Stayc, Tasha, Dannielle) have now become some of my best friends, and we've attended every BRO since together. And it’s always like a mini reunion when we run into the rest of the OGs at other events all over Southern California.

I've also added a few Borrego-girls to my list of travel buddies, like Genevieve. We attempted to ride to the Grand Canyon together a few years ago, but got snowed in in Flagstaff. We also rode down to San Felipe in Mexico earlier this year with a couple of other friends.

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).

Oh man, what hasn't changed? In the past five years I’ve managed to meet the love of my life, land two awesome jobs, travel to 10 countries, ride motorcycles in three continents, own a total of five different bikes, and meet some of the best friends I’ve ever had. I also just started my dream job, as managing editor at Roadtrippers. Even if the world is falling apart around us, the past five years have been kind to me personally.  

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

Oh yes, I go on motorcycle road trips as often as I possibly can. I have a really awesome group of about 10 friends here in San Diego who all ride, and we travel together both on and off the bikes. Most weekends we’ll rip out to the desert or down to Mexico. Four of us just got back from a two-week, 4300-mile motorcycle trip from San Diego to Banff National Park in Canada and back. It was an amazing, bucket-list experience, and I’m already itching to plan my next trip.

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

I’ve been to every west coast Babes Ride Out since the first one, and it’s been amazing to see it grow into what it is today. I just love how this one event has sparked a whole new generation of women motorcyclists. I know of so many ladies who started riding after seeing how much fun we were all having at Babes, and it’s such a cool thing to have been a part of. Representation matters!

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

I have a lot of thoughts on the moto industry, how much time do you have? No, but seriously, I feel like we’re in this moment in time where there’s a generational shift happening in this scene right in front of our eyes. There's still your stereotypical ultra-sexist macho biker dude who wants women to sit quietly on the back of the bike, but I think (and hope) they’re a dying breed. The people I know who put down the most miles on their bikes are all women.

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Babes in Borrego & The Original 50 | Meet Stacey Bookshier

PeopleAnya Violet

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.

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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. 


 Stacey Bookshier


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  • ·       Stacey Brookshier

    ·       @staceybrookshier

    ·       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.

     

 

Pack Animal | Dare to Go Further

PeopleAnya Violet

Needless to say, here at Babes Ride Out, we are big fans of the moto road trip! Packing your bike with your camp essentials and taking down some miles is what we live for. Sometimes the perfect gear can help to inspire you to take off and hit the road even more! The talented Jenny Linquist and her Husband Mike have created some of our favorite moto luggage essentials! Style, Function, Durability and made right here in the USA! Read on to learn more about Pack Animal! They will be joining us as a part of the BRO6 Makers Market this year. Stay tuned to see what they have in store!

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Pack Animal is a motorcycle luggage and accessory company for both the daily rider and the road tripper. With waxed canvas and harness leather exteriors, waterproof vinyl-lined interiors, and solid brass hardware, Pack Animal bags are perfect for commuting into the office or long motorcycle trips across the country.

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Co-founders Mike and Jenny Linquist started out with the sole intention of making saddlebags for themselves to go on long trips on their vintage Hondas. After realizing there was a wide gap in the market for riders who want quality-made bags for their bikes without sacrificing quality aesthetic, they started Pack Animal to share their passion with the rest of the motorcycling community. Three years later, the company has a lineup of saddlebags, duffle bags, tool rolls, and backpacks in a range of colors shipping worldwide from their headquarters in Seattle, Washington. 

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Pack Animal is thrilled to be a part of Babes Ride Out 6! Stop by their booth in the Makers Marketplace to see their current line of bags and check out a few new products that are launching later this Fall. 

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Joshua Tree Locals | Meet the Owners of The Station Joshua Tree and Give Them a Visit While at Babes Ride Out 6

Locals, PeopleAshmore Ellis

No one knows Joshua Tree better than it’s locals. This community has created so many unique shops, cafes, and ranches throughout the town that it’s impossible to see it all in just one day. One business, right by the event, has always caught our eye as it’s a gas stationesque store with tons of local goods on display. We have always wondered who bought this old garage and put so much love into it so we reached out to meet the owners. Give the below a read and make sure to stop by The Station Joshua Tree for $1 drip coffees to all “Babes Ride Out” attendees on Sat am and a designated BABES ONLY parking for your motos <3!

Sure it looks like a real gas station but it’s not! This is The Station Joshua Tree, a store front with a rad “set” feel.

Sure it looks like a real gas station but it’s not! This is The Station Joshua Tree, a store front with a rad “set” feel.

About:

Steve is from San Diego and I’m from Wisconsin, but lived in Silverlake/LA for 15 years before moving out to Joshua Tree full time in 2011 when we purchased The Station.  My husband Steve and I have been together for 22 years and we built The Station Joshua Tree to help us one day ditch our work in LA and retire out in JT. We have a set design/ prop studio but own & operate The Station Joshua Tree full time.

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What brought you to Joshua Tree:

Our life in LA was becoming a bit routine and we needed a focus outside the city… Steve had made a pact with a childhood best friend to one day have homes in JT, his friend John had a place here already so we stepped up and found ours in 2004.

What is your favorite part about living in the desert: The landscape of course, but having the space to really meet inspiring people and form valuable friendships.

Tell us about your business: We split our time between our studio work and developing The Station.   We want The Station to be a reflection of what we love and work hard to keep it curated to have a 70’s clubhouse maybe even head shop feel.  We have custom JT souvenirs, gifts, records, unique vintage & potted cactus as well as great drip coffee, cold drinks & snacks. 

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Tell us about any moments of clarity while operation your own business.  This can include triumphs and struggles and how you cope/learn / celebrate them: We have loved The Station for years before it was for sale… because it was a gas station at one time back in the day a bank would not help us, even though we had all the paperwork that cleared the site, so we had to basically put all our savings on the line to buy it.  It took months of hard work to get the building and property to the point where we could start to see to the real potential.  We let the direction happen naturally not forcing or rushing and doing the work as we could afford it.  The Station has turned out to be our greatest accomplishment yet!

What do you have planned for the future: Right now we are focusing on making The Station more of a welcoming space to spend time at to enjoy coffee, drinks and snacks on the patio surrounded by potted cactus & succulent and even a newsstand to pull curated vintage and current publications to incorporate auto, art, food, design & California culture.

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Tell us a fun fact about Joshua Tree that most people wouldn’t know.* You can get great Indian food at Sam’s Pizza

Any recommendations of point of interest (shops, restaurants, geological sites, anything outstanding) you’d recommend to ladies traveling to Babes Ride Out 6? We highly recommend a drive through the park - Hidden Valley hike and Keys View overlook are the spots we take our friends too.

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