Just like everyone else, the members of WITW Rocky Mountain Chapter have struggled with the losses and challenges that the COVID pandemic has brought, including the (in)ability to meet with our fellow chapter members. We changed our regular meeting venue to Dirty Dogs Roadhouse, where we can gather outside and practice social distancing amongst the picnic tables, when the weather is warm enough to do so. When the weather has been cold, we have connected virtually via Zoom.
During 2020, WITW Rocky Mountain Chapter members still got lots of riding done, both together and apart. Our members traveled on motorcycle all over the US, collectively (and safely) racking up 97,685 miles! Together we spent a couple of nights in Lake George, CO, and participated in the Salute to American Veterans ride in Cripple Creek.
We are currently making tentative and hopeful plans for a variety of rides and trips together in 2021 (including Southwest Quest 2). Together or apart, we share our love of motorcycling and each other!
In 1989, when Gloria (“Glow”) Garrett decided to start a group for women motorcycle riders in the Denver area, she had no idea that the group she founded would still be here, going strong, 30 years later.
Glow shares these reflections on the chapter’s origins:
An independent woman looking for her people. I started the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Women in the Wind because I didn’t listen to those who told me I couldn’t.
The chapter grew up along with women riders. At the time of its inception, very few women rode their own motorcycles. Bike manufacturers didn’t know we existed and bike shops hadn’t quite adjusted the cater to women riders. Bike gear and clothing were all designed for men. Yes, there were certain articles of clothing made just for us which, of course, showed off our best assets, but for the serious rider, not so much.
Being single and a new “street rider” myself, I was looking for women to ride with. I purchased every motorcycle magazine I could find (no google then). Lo and behold on the very back page of one, I discovered a tiny little ad for Women in the Wind. The founder, Becky Brown, took me under her wing and the rest is history.
My roommate had just purchased a motorcycle, I put an ad in the Denver newspaper, posted at a few bike shops and we were set up for our first meeting. Only one woman showed up, my roommate bailed and I thought, well, this is moving right along.
Over the years, the membership has changed, as has the overall organization. The “biker” attitude has become a bit more tolerant of women riders. We are stronger, we have a voice, we have bikes, gear and clothes that fit us. We bond with each other over motorcycles and life-long friendships are formed. Most importantly, we have fun.
It is my pleasure to have started the first Colorado chapter of Women in the Wind and to watch it grow and to pass the baton to those of you who will take this legacy into the next 30 years.
Dedicated to the women we rode with then, ride with now and will ride with in the future.
Today, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Women in the Wind is going strong, with members throughout Denver and the Front Range area of Colorado. We gather monthly throughout the year and ride motorcycles together as often as we can.
Members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Women in the Wind had a fun and busy summer riding motorcycles all over Colorado and the US! Here are some highlights:
WITW Summer Internationals in Tulsa, OK
We had 13 women (plus a few extra guys) ride from Colorado to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the 2019 Summer Internationals Convention, hosted by the Twisted Sisters Chapter. Despite the heat wave and temps over 100, we had a great time exploring Tulsa and the sights along Route 66.
Several WITW Rocky Mountain Chapter members rode from Colorado to Topeka, Kansas to join in the Women’s Freedom Ride and attempt to break the world record for the most women riding motorcycles in one event. While the event did not break the world record, the riders in attendance did set the record for the largest all-female motorcycle ride in the United States, with over 750 riders in attendance.
Our very own Jody Peterson was nominated as the 2018 Women in the Wind Sister of the Year! Her nomination letter explains why she is such an amazing person:
What is the best connection between the East coast and the West coast? Some may think it is I-70. Others say I-80. And some say the Chain of Rocks Bridge. However, we would like to say the best connection between the East and West coasts is our very own sister, Jody Peterson of the Rocky MountaIn Chapter. Jody is an integral part of many things surrounding the riding community. She volunteers with Combat Hero Bike Build and currently is serving as their Director of Operations. Last year she served as Road Guard on the Midway Route for Run For the Wall and will do so again in 2019. She is very active in Christian Motorcyclists Association and helps to raise thousands of dollars for their charity, Run for the Son. She is also a RiderCoach with Ride Like a Pro promoting safety and improving rider skills. She rides a HD 2000 Heritage Softail, Honda 2005 ST1300P and a Kawasaki 2012 Concours 1400.
This summer Jody and her husband Bill (who we all know and love) were hit on their motorcycles by an inattentive driver. While home and recovering, in addition to tending to all Bill’s needs, Jody took not 1 but 2 SOS calls from sisters on the east coast. The 1st call came from a sister from the Rolling Stones Chapter. Pearl’s daughter, Megan, was attending a conference in Denver, and while waiting to head to the airport, all her belongings including wallet and credit cards were stolen. She thought that her closest help was over a thousand miles away and phoned her mom. Pearl immediately called Jody who without hesitation told Pearl to send Megan to her house. Megan stayed with Jody for 3 days until she got things in order and a flight home.
Less than a week later Jody answered another SOS call from an east coast sister. Pat Meadors, aka Scout, was in route from the Canadian Rally to the Florida Chapter Challenge when the engine blew on her bike. In placing a phone call to Jody seeking advice on bus routes to Denver airport, Jody would have no part of it. Again, without hesitation, Jody and Bill hooked up their trailer and drove over 200 miles to pick up Scout and her bike. Scout stayed with Jody for 3 days until she could get a flight out. Jody stored her bike until Scout could figure out a plan to get her bike home.
Jody is always ready with a smile and a hug when meeting other WITW sisters. She is THE person we all know we can depend on in a pinch; no questions asked and expecting nothing in return. Jody has been a member of WITW for almost 20 years as a member of the Desert Curves and Rocky Mountain Chapters. She is currently, and has been for many years, Treasurer for RMC and our passionate Safe Mileage Coordinator. She was also instrumental in pulling off RMC’s hosting of Summer Internationals in 2017.
So winter is definitely upon us here in Colorado. It was 5 degrees this morning with knee-deep snow in my backyard. The road out front of my house is covered in ice and snow. Here’s hoping it defrosts before Saturday when the annual motorcycle swap meet is being held. Several of the members are planning on meeting for breakfast and then hitting the swap meet looking for items we can’t live without. Two members will even host their own booths this year, Holly and Celeste.
The month of December involved members participating in the Wreaths Across America at Fort Logan National Cemetery and preparing goody packets for Family Promise of Greater Denver. The chapter also made a cash donation to Family Promise for the holidays. The Rocky Mountain Chapter continues to support another great and worthy cause, Combat Hero Bike Build. This is a cause very near and dear to several members but two in particular, Jody and Karen . CHBB modifies motorcycles for severely wounded veterans and awards them to returning veterans.
In January, the after-holiday luncheon was held at the Moose Hill Cantina along with a white elephant gift exchange. Thanks to Cindy for treating everyone to the alcoholic “moose milk” shakes – yummy!! Be safe everyone. Stay warm. -Suzanne