September 27, (Interview in Halifax)
Where are you going on your motorbikes?
“We’re about to ride down to Panama on our bikes from Halifax. We’re going to attempt to travel as far south as you can by land.”
How long is it going to take?
“We’ve got four months set aside, but we’ve got no schedule to keep, which is probably one of the biggest joys of all of it."
How are you feeling right now?
“Excited, and nervous, and short of breath.”
If anything, what do you hope to learn from this experience?
“How to maintain this kind of lifestyle for as long as possible.”
Today's the day! Near the end of the Blue Ridge Parkway I hit my 10,000km for the season, high Rollin!!
We are currently in Guatemala leaving tomorrow to head to the beach in El Salvador. This picture was taken at sunrise when we were camping in Mexico!
This one goes out to my sister Motor Maids and actually all other female riders. Serendipitously as I crossed the border to Nicaragua I rolled over 20,000 km for the year. Let me tell you the last 3000 have been a test of my strength as a rider, as a human, and as a woman, and if I do say so myself I friggin nailed it.
ACMM Jennifer Butt is on an adventure of a lifetime. She and Abe left Halifax on their bikes in late September, with four months of free time and dreams of extraordinary adventures. From her FB comments and some of Abe's, it appears dreams are coming true. We're excited and proud to have you as a sister, Jen!
From Abe: I've had the privilege of riding alongside this woman for 3/4 of that journey, and in that time I've seen her do some pretty extraordinary things with that motorcycle. Navigating the insanity of Acapulco, dodging chicken buses on switchbacks in Guatemala, and braving storms and gale-force winds on the Blue Ridge Parkway simply to name a few. All the while keeping her cool, and looking fabulous. She's been an inspiration to ride with, and she's proved to everyone, from Alabama to Zacatecas, what an amazing rider, and human, she is. Congratulations on a motorcycling milestone.
75th Anniversary Motor Maid Convention
December Advisory Article
by Catherine Lawrence and Janet Gallagher
Your friends in Atlantic Canada are so looking forward to hosting you as we all celebrate the 75th anniversary of our fabulous Motor Maid organization. The ladies have been very busy over the past several months planning, scheming, recruiting, organizing and finalizing details to ensure your enjoyment is maximized while you are in our neck of the woods next summer. Below is some information to help you prepare for the upcoming convention and road trip.
To-do list for convention 2015 participants:
In addition to the registration form included in this edition of The Advisory, an electronic copy will be on the Motor Maid Inc. website http://www.motormaids.org. A link to the electronic copy will be on the ACMM website noted above.
In celebration of this 75th anniversary a special collectors item is being offered this year-a pewter commemorative sun catcher designed by ACMM (soon to be Silver Life member) Gail Neilson. We are also pleased to offer two clothing items– a golf shirt and a jacket as well as patches and pins. Pictures of the items for purchase as well as the shirt/jacket sizing charts, are available on the ACMM website.
Convention Raffle Tickets – Win your convention stay
Atlantic Canada has 2015 Convention raffle tickets available if you would like to win the convention package – a $660 value including 1 registration, 4 nights accommodation at the Delta Beausejour in Moncton, 1 charm, 1 convention shirt and 1 convention photo. For district directors who do not have raffle tickets to offer their members, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the districts that have already sold convention raffle tickets, please mail the stubs and funds to the address noted on the tickets. Individuals can also purchase raffle ticket(s) through the registration form process.
Host Hotel – Delta Beausejour
750 Main Street, Moncton, New Brunswick, E1C 1E6, Canada
Phone 506-854-4344, Fax 506-858-0957, Reservations 888-890-3222
Check-in 4:00 PM, Checkout 12:00 PM
Be sure to use the booking name- Motor Maids. Rates are $129 for 1-2 people or $139 for 3-4 people. All rooms are the same size and all have a coffee maker, fridge and free wi-fi.
Use the link below to book your room.
**Please note** with 225 rooms blocked for our convention, there will be enough rooms for the attendees. We greatly appreciate it if members would book respectfully. Bookings are limited to no more than 2 rooms. If the block is full, ask to be placed on the waiting list. This will be monitored and matched to registrations as we get closer to convention, so we can ensure everyone has a room.
Recap of how you can obtain information about Convention 2015:
Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information at email@example.com
Thank you for your support and we can’t wait to see you all in Moncton in 2015!
Atlantic Canada Motor Maids
Advisory Article by Elizabeth Pass
It’s a bittersweet time in Atlantic Canada for Motor Maids. During the long, and at times, bitter winter, our bikes hibernate and Parked Motorcycle Syndrome ravages our restless spirits. The bulk of our gatherings and riding adventures for the past year are still providing some sweetness, as we enjoy them again through chats with our sisters, occasional meetings and pictures. We’ve grown from 55 members in October, 2013, to 80 members in October, 2014 – sweet!
The last monthly meeting of 2014 was a two day extravaganza in Prince Edward Island. We crossed the Confederation Bridge to fly kites, attend a BBQ, have a lobster dinner and be scared or amused at the Kool Breeze Farms Scarecrow Festival. The winds became too strong for kites, so they stayed tethered to our bikes in their wrappers. We missed Joyce’s four newest kites she brought back from China (she has a collection of about 45), but there is always next year. Joyce provided an impressive spread for the BBQ at her house, with tastes enhanced by her special spices from Quebec.
Rides to The Bottle Houses and Kool Breeze Farms provided us with unique photo ops, gasps and laughs. A lobster dinner at the hotel was the culmination of the weekend event and filled us with Northumberland lobster and chowder. We gained two new members from PEI, now boasting three. We are hoping for an Island membership explosion during 2015.
Meet and Greets in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia were very popular and well attended. Visitors came to check us out and must have liked what they saw. We have new members from each of those provinces as a result.
The year end meeting in Moncton was nothing short of FUN. Reports from all committees for Convention 2015 verified how much we have already accomplished and pinpointed how much we still have to do. The excitement ran high as we met at the convention hotel, the Delta Beausejour. The awards committee did a first-rate job of identifying appropriate and functional awards to honour the accomplishments of members this year. Who would have guessed toilet paper comes in Motor Maid blue and is such a prestigious award? Congratulations to Jo Miller and Peggy Dingle, our highest rollers this year. Cheryl MacLaggan, was the winner of the Gail Neilson Atlantic Canada Motor Maid of the Year Award, for her exceptional contributions to ACMM over the past year. Numerous other awards were bestowed upon members for fun and serious accomplishments. An evening dinner at the Old Triangle Irish Pub and the ever popular after hours suite party with games, stories and merriment, brought to a close another extraordinary year for Atlantic Canada Motor Maids.
Atlantic Canada Motor Maids