Yesterday I made three huge announcements, all involving my current projects (including this blog). Since the theme was undoubtedly independence, I figured a throwback to last summer’s “lap for history” during AMA Vintage Days at Mid-Ohio was appropriate.
I was riding with the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride honoring the Van Buren sisters. We celebrated the 100th anniversary of their unprecedented cross-country motorcycle ride by repeating their trek with 100 women. I joined the group in Columbus, Ohio and on our second day, we visited the annual AMA Vintage Race Days event.
I had never been to Mid-Ohio before. The track was buzzing with activity and I could feel the excitement and energy everywhere I went. One of my favorite memories of that day was escorting the Van Buren descendents from the track to the hotel and in turn, getting to know them on a more personal level. Still, something else takes the prize for “best 10 minutes” that sunny Saturday.
I was given the honor and privelage of participating in an historical event: most riders/bikes simultaneously on the track in history. We, a group of women from all walks of life, helped set a record that day. We did it in honor of two pioneering women who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer and decided to prove their worth through actions rather than words. I have never been more thrilled to ride on a racetrack, not in all of my days as a motorcyclist. I am not quite sure I will ever be again.
I’ll be watching the new Harleys and Indians 750 flat trackers a the Lima Half Mile (lima, Ohio) in June. About as close to mid Ohio as it gets. Really looking forward to it.