It's pretty common knowledge that I can be romanced with a good cocktail and a scrumptious bite. Add in, I kid you not, my first trip without husband and kids that was anything, but a funeral, combined with meeting some of my favorite fellow bloggers...and swoon!
Packing my biker boots and sparkly floppy floppies for Harley Davidson Summer Camp. So funny to see them side by side!!
Let's fast forward a few decades and here I am:
|Trying on my new biker glasses and stifling the fear in mah belly|
I felt like this sentiment was echoed when I met another mother of teens on the plane out. She wondered aloud why Harley would be flying out a bunch of women. I hemmed and hawed. Honestly, I truly was not sure either.
|Camaraderie through bikes, beers, buffets, and baseball: @scoutshonor @sgetgood @kirida @mttsm @mochamomma @The818 @burghbaby @graphicsfairy @jillsgoodthings @missmissea @sugarjones @skinnyjeans|
My friends, that's all it took. I was hooked! I admit I went to Milwaukee out of curiosity. Why would Harley-Davidson want me? By the end of the first night, I was already pricing models. Floor model 8k! Whee! Yes, it was that exhilarating. I drank the Kool-Aid with gusto. I think a lot of my new blogger friends were as well. Such a camaraderie!
|Claudia Garber: Women's Outreach. Did you know women have been part of the brand for 80 years? This is not a new thing. Don't be intimidated!|
|No blistered leg on a tail pipe this time. Thanks for the gear HD!|
Ok, now double sold!!
|Wahoo! Carmen and I did it!!|
Unlike the seventies, helmets were involved. Safety first, ladies!
|My shiny helmet: Isn't it purty??|
We also learned the history of Harley-Davidson. Four brothers with a passion at the turn of the century. Fast forward a century later and there I was at lunch with Bill Davidson, their great-grandson, and Harley's bitching PR team who were our hosts and guidance mavens on all things Harley.
|Eating lunch at Motor Bar & Restaurant with Bill Davidson!!! Yes as in The D in Harley Davidson Grandson of one of the three founding D's with Amanda (Mgr of PR relations) and Dana (PR team)|
With kids, responsibilities, stress, I let myself pull back, fear more and risk less. However, I truly am feeling a comeback.
I feel myself grabbing those handle bars. Revving my engine. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
Throwing caution to the wind. I am super excited to be starting this new decade of my life with BlogHer and Harley-Davidson.
If they could do it, I can shake off my mom cape and do the same, right? Let loose? Be free!
|HD MUSEUM: 1933. Holy cow those biker chicks were racy: You go, girls!|
|HD Museum: Oldest Harley in existence--1903! Can you imagine being the first to try it? Such bravery!|
Live Your Life.
|Sugar Jones and I on a riding high: We both asked each other|
simultaneously, "What color?" We're hooked!
Want to hear more about my trip? Search hashtag #hdsc to find it all. Want to hear more about Harley Women? Search for #HarleyWomen or go here.
I'll admit I totally teared up at her frustration and perseverance.