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Recently I was invited to attend a Sponsored Trip to Milwaukee, along with 11 amazing Bloggers! The event ... Harley-Davidson Summer Camp!
I have to say I was ridiculously nervous about the whole thing, having never been on a Motorcycle before, but also intrigued. I knew I was in for an amazing experience when I opened the door to my luxurious hotel room at the gorgeous Iron Horse Hotel and was greeted with these gifts! A fab Harley Davidson Jacket with matching gloves and protective eyewear, too.
Garage Party at Hal's Harley Davidson in Milwaukee. No not a garage sale ... a Garage Party! These are super fun events that are held all over the country, at Harley-Davidson Dealerships, and they're geared towards women! It's an excellent way to get a taste of what it would be like to start riding. In the photo above we're learning about proper riding gear.
So pretty ... right?!
Kelly trying it out! Several of the girls tried it and they were all successful. It looked quick and easy actually.
Heather looks like she's having fun, doesn't she?
If you've ever wondered what it's like to ride a motorcycle I would encourage you to check out a Garage Party in your area, it's a great place to start! It also makes for a fun girls' night out, so grab some girlfriends and check it out ... they also have really cute clothes there!
We watched this video about Roshani, a young female teacher with 3 kids, who learned how to ride by taking the Riders Edge Training Course, which is offered at most Harley-Davidson Dealerships. It was so inspiring to see her story and how learning to ride a motorcycle really empowered her and gave her confidence. We all shed a few tears while watching it!
We also learned about the concept of "No Cages". Bikers apparently refer to cars as cages. When you ride a bike you are uncaged and free, out in the open. But it has a double meaning in that we often cage ourselves, and keep ourselves from trying new things, out of fear. When you try something new, like learning to ride a motorcycle, you free yourself from that inner cage. Love that!
And a bike from the same era. There were also more modern pieces like a jacket that Michael Jackson wore!
Of course I loved the Graphics Arts section!!
And this Harley that Elvis bought in 1956.
They even had the original receipt with his signature on it!
We were also taken back to the archives section to see the bikes that only come out on certain occasions. There were loads of them, many of them had fascinating stories attached!
The Rider's Edge Program . I was nervous ... so, SO nervous, I prepped myself by saying positive affirmations when I got up that morning!
What I found after this experience was there was a carry-over effect. The day after I got back home, I had to drive my son to a friend's house in Virginia, about a half hour from D.C. , a very congested high traffic area. Normally I would have had tremendous anxiety, and would have asked my husband to drive us there. But I didn't ... I drove and I really wasn't even nervous! In my book, that's a pretty big deal, and I'm so VERY grateful for this experience.
If you've ever wanted to learn how to ride, Rider's Edge is the way to do it. The instructors are amazing, and the full course looks phenomenal. As a bonus, depending on your state's laws, if you pass the course you get your license at the end of it with no additional testing at the DMV involved!
Big thanks to our amazing teachers Deb and Tracy for being so patient with me. You girls rock!!
|The other bloggers on this trip: Heather, Michelle, Carmen, Missy, Mona, Sugar, Stephanie, Kelly, Morgan, Jill & Susan|
Want to read even more inspiring stories about Women who ride? Check out HD's My Time to Ride Series or the Harley-Davidson Buzz Wall.
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