An Inspirational Woman Rider – Kristin McAllister

Below is an article written by a American Woman Rider, Kristin McAllister, that is touching more lives than she will ever know by her determination and enthusiasm for riding despite being in a terrible accident. Thank you Kristin for sharing your story.

 

 

It’s amazing how one moment can change your life.  May 16th, 2010, I was riding my motorcycle on highway 33 in California, when an oncoming motorcycle crossed over the double yellow line on a curve and sideswiped me.  Somehow, I was able to get the bike to the shoulder without laying it down.  My lower leg had been nearly severed, my bones sticking out like pins in a pincushion, my ankle broken and all metatarsals in my foot crushed.  Initial physician recommendations were to remove the leg below the knee, but after many touch-and-go moments, the fantastic surgeons at Cedars Sinai were able to save it.  To make a long story short, it’s been a rough year of surgeries, physical therapy and recovery, but I was riding bitch within weeks (walker strapped to the bike) and on my own by October.  I ditched the wheelchair and walker and started walking without assistance again in January of 2011.

 

During this past year, while unable to ride, I found out about a great group, BACA (Bikers against Child Abuse).  I got involved, and have been riding with them since September of 2010.  I proudly wear the vest and look forward to becoming fully patched so that I can become even more involved protecting the kids.

 

Another great byproduct of being laid-up for so long is how I met and got to know good people like Mando and Melissa Hernandez through the local VFW and biker events.  Their daughter, Lauren is a shining star of energy, always sporting a big smile and great attitude. 

Last year, when the California City, California VFW put on their Memorial Day parade through town to the Veteran’s Cemetery, I was unable to attend because of my accident.  This year, I was determined to take part.  So, I was there, bright and early, sporting my BACA vest, ready to ride.  When Lauren approached me with that great big smile and shining eyes, asking me ever so politely, “Kristin, may I PLEASE ride on the back of your Harley Davidson?”  I happily took her on the parade.  The various riders had flags attached to their scoots, but mine offered no easy attachment choices.  So Lauren took a flag and proudly held it up for the entirety of the parade.  I think I had the best flag out there—certainly the best presentation!  It was a pleasure to be a part of the ride—honoring those that have died for our freedoms, and a pleasure to have such a great riding partner.  Thanks, Lauren, for making a special day even more special to me!

 

Congrats to 7 year old Lauren for becoming the first

 Honorary American Woman Rider!

 

 

Lauren’s mom, Melissa says that Lauren loves the flag and loves to ride! That is a true young American Woman Rider!

Here’s to many safe rides to everyone.

Tina – harleyskyangel@comcast.net

American Woman Riders

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American Woman Rider Does Hoka Hey Challenge 2011

     American Woman Rider, Carla DuBois, is taking on one very big personal challenge. August 2011, she will be participating in the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge. This ride is an endurance ride of 10,000+ miles. It starts in Phoenix, AZ and after hitting 48 states it will go to Canada and end up in Nova Scotia. 

     Carla shares her love of riding by working for High Plains H-D© for the last 10 years. Riding motorcycles is a passion of Carla’s! She loves the motorcycles and the unique people that ride the Harley-Davidson© brand or any brand for that matter.  Riding for 20+ years she has logged over 100,000 riding miles.

     Carla has two children, Christopher and Michelle, and they both enjoy riding. Her 2 year old grandchild Micheal also loves to ride. Her big inspiration and rock is her soul mate husband, Berb.  And let’s not forget “Scarlet”.  She is Carla’s 2011 FLHX which she will be riding on the Hoka Hey Challenge.

     Carla has been very active in the High Plains HOG© Chapter for the past ten years. She was appointed Director last year and because of her hard work and enthusiasm she is still in that position. She is also a member of the Sangre De Cristo HOG© Chapter. 

     Carla wants to help women that are interested in riding their own motorcycle. She loves watching them grow as they learn to ride. “They bloom into soaring eagles becoming independent, strong and free”.  Carla goes on to say “I get a feeling of completeness as they start making their own choices as they have become confident and independent. This is how I felt when I started riding.  Rule of thumb when encouraging a new rider is that I never forget how I felt the first time. The feeling always resurfaces. I love to “play it forward” to help others”.

     By participating in the Hoka Hey Challenge this year Carla hopes to touch many women riders by inspiring them to ride their own. She will also be helping spread the word about American Woman Riders which strives to bond women together that “love to ride”.  Donations brought into High Plains H-D© will also help charities.  Carla is a native New Yorker so would like to see some of the monies go to our fallen from the 9/11 terror attack. This year marks the 10 year anniversary.  

     We would like to ask your help. We are asking for donations to assist Carla in paying for food, gas & miscellaneous expenses that will incur. Funds left over will also donated to a charity that American Woman Riders will decide on. Please email harleyskyangel@comcast.net if you or your riding group would like to donate. If you have a paypal account you can send your much appreciated donation to harleyskyangel@comcast.net.  THANK YOU to all of you that have already shown your support of a woman rider following one of her dreams!

     If you’d like to know more information go to www.hokaheychallenge.com.  Be sure to check out the terms and conditions and you’ll see what Carla will be challenging herself to endure on this amazing ride.

Safe Rides Always, Tina – HarleySkyAngel

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