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- Hippie, Gypzy, Biker Chixie. Yep, that's me. www.bikerlady.com and www.chromecowgirl.com - my websites and I welcome your comments in this blog called Down the Road a Peace. Because, after all "do you wanna a peace of me?" : ) I'd love to hear your thoughts, so share them here. Personalize the topic and make it your own by sharing your own experience relative to the topic at hand, or let's create a new topic. U R Loved by Me.
So, wait 'til you hear my new song Ridelicious. Last night I stayed up 'til wee early am hours mixing and doing percussion work and loops. My goal is to make a 7 minute club version of the tune next. There will be two versions.
The brotherhood and sisterhood is pumping me with loving energy. I'm aglow with ONE love from all of you. I hope I do the same for you....I know that is my purpose in life, to inspire, to encourage, to be.
We biker chicks kick a$$. Let us rise above and lift our wings and ride, as the chicks from Detroit say.
Thank you, my loving motorcycle family - for your words of encouragement and for your loving light. You have uplifted this sister's heart and made merry with my soul.
Peace, Love, and ROAMance,
Making way for some deep soul work and healing now while I grieve my daddy.
I have written a long, personal journal about this month of April. It is now a short story that I will publish maybe next year.
Last night I had a deep conversation with my beautiful Godmother, Yeshoda, who owns a spiritual growth school in Florida. It was a breakthrough. You see, she and I really do not know one another that well. But we do on a soulful level as it turns out.
Last night, I just freakin' sobbed my eyes out over the enormous emotions I was feeling at the loss of my daddy; I had to forgive myself for being so blind with desire, at the stupid loss of income and money and time spent trying to do something awesome for my beloved motorcycle life through a contest that just wasn't worth it; I just have to be and feel all the emotions that are all tangled up right now instead of being stoic and holding back.
Yes, so last night I screamed on the river bank here in Nashville into my hands I let flow all the loss, the craving for my daddi Poppi, the anger I feel at myself, all of it...but there is more...there is more to this grieving process than I could ever imagine.
Grieving is the art of everything you feel in your little painbody rushing at you at once, all tangled up in the spirit of the loved one who is watching from the otherside encouraging you to be a better person, sit tall in the saddle of your life, abandon all the things that tear you from your center, your truth. They become your guardians to encourage you to evolve, bust through the membrane of fear, falsehood, and away from those dark characters and situations that do nothing but tear you down and keep you from your evolution and betterment.
I'm on a mission now. Today, I'm working on my book edits which are just so overwhelming, but I'm approaching it slowly and purposefully, like an artist may correct a canvas. This book is so important to me even though it may be just a git-er-done product to the publisher. It's my works, a legacy that I leave behind for all the world to enjoy...through which to be inspired.
Today, I'm working on my music...because it's the place where I can be wild and free like on my motorcycle...jam out and be a rock star and dream.
Today, I'm back on my cleanse program, cleansing all the toxins out of my body and fasting. Releasing the toxins from bitter foods and bitter experience -- freeing my body to experience deep JOY once again through good vibrations.
Yes, my friends, I take you with me on the healing journey -- but you be on your journey too. I will be your example that you too can barrel through the adversity to evolve as a higher spirit and wilder human.
Let's take the word ALL - it suggests the sum or total, entirety
IN - inside of something, within
GOOD - positive, right, uplifting
TIME - the moment where preparation meets opportunity.
Our moments if we stick to our goals, to our purpose are fulfilled no matter where we are in our journey. As long as we are on OUR roads. The roads we own. OUR own paths.
These past few weeks I feel ripped from my center. Totally shaken up. Losing my Father is something I just can't seem to grasp no matter how much spiritual perspective I wash over this reality. It's my daddy and he's no longer on Earth. It's my daddy and he won't be walking me down the aisle for my hitch day. I know, I know, he'll be there in spirit. But, it's not the same as seeing my smiling Daddy Poppi standing there with his white hair all slicked back and beard and mustache meticulously groomed proudly in arm with his wildest child in the white, stripper-look meets flower-child, bridal gown, with all the family and friends surrounding me.
This I cannot seem to process. I cannot have a first dance with my Poppi, to the song that I would write for the occassion. God, my heart. It's just breaking and I need to be very strong and whole. It's like there's this gigantic ocean of emotions hanging out just behind my eyeballs and if I think too long about it, or look at photos of Poppi, I'll burst. So, for now, I cannot do either. It's overwhelming indeed. It looks like, I'm not grieving very well. Your probably right. My neighbor, Iva, printed out some how-to information because I was beginning to feel like a crack addict with no crack -- nervous, jumpy, combing my hand over my head, feeling my face, pacing, mood swingin' - a mess. Because I'm holding back this wave. I can't bear it, therefore I can't write too much about my Pa. "Pa" was the name I called him for a spell when I was little, because that's what Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie called her daddy. I even made this ridiculous bonnet for myself on my mother's sewing machine and would follow my "Pa" around and do "chores."
Anyway, my beautiful friends and family, I'll take you all along for the planning of this biker/musician wedding affair that will be like a Renaissance festival meets Billy Idol white wedding. I don't know when I shall start the planning. I'd like the wedding for September. It will be in the backyard here at the Lassiter ROCKS homestead. Yes, All in Good Time.
[stuff about my book challenges removed. it all worked out excellent. the publisher is honey to my soul - he understands respect for the artist.]
Another event I must overcome is the super oddity of this creepy Miss Sturgis contest that I put so much time and effort into. It proved to be just another commerical act in our precious motorcycle lifestyle that chips away at authenticity. This time it was a slap in the face to female riders and rally go-ers, especially me who invested time and knowledge to benefit the contest committee, encouraging them with new ideas, answering their questions, helping to establish a platform to make their contest an authentic avenue for the motorcycle industry sponsors seeking outlets through which to promote their product to the vast Sturgis audience. The contest would be a viable contender in the business, and it would be a marvelous example of truth in beauty = beauty in motion: the female motorcycle enthusiast and rider who is a Sturgis Motorcycle Rally attendee.
Amazing that the female motorcycle rider population is the FASTEST growing market in the industry and we are totally underserviced in the advertising arena. I mean, WE ride, we attend rallies, WE purchase motorcycles, parts, accessories. More and more women are customizing, learning to build, pick up a welding torch, it's a burgeoning and exciting market! We LOVE riding as much as our windbrother!
The female motorcycle rider has very little opportunity in the mass advertising, mass visual, to promote the sisterhood, afterall it's only recently that we began getting cool riding attire specifically suited for female riders, made by women who know what to design. It's only recent that these garments are being so heavily promoted, and thus purchased by the female ridership at large. How strange. Women have been riding since motorcycle were invented, and still, it we are considered newcomers to the lifestyle in the eyes of corporate giants. We are considered fringe minorities, which is so ridiculous. We are ignored and not considered sexy enough, sassy enough, hot enough; so the corporate giants recruit booty call girls to pose or random celebrities and teach 'em to ride in order to represent the femme fatale prowess roarrring. There is NOTHING more sexier than a real female motorcycle rider blasting along the road or the race track on her own motorcycle, truly living and breathing the lifestyle as an extension of her femininity. Rock that! Steady as she rolls! You can't manufacture HER truth, HER reality in a POSER who doesn't CARE except for HOW the IMAGE will promote her personal endeavors that have nothing to do with enjoying the ride and being a member of the 'hood!
However, it's time, high time, that the female motorcycle rider be able to receive opportunities that are usually reserved for the booty call girls who adopt the image of the rider but have no affinity to the sisterhood. It's time for sexy female motorcycle riders, who truly walk the walk and talk the talk to have a chance at opportunity and avenues to promote their works of art, their businesses, their presentations through speaking engagements -- at major motorcycle rallies and events.
It'd be interesting if the situation were changed. Sexy, Chippendale dudes as the voice of the motorcycle world, posing on the bikes, but they really didn't ride and had never been to rally. Sort of like a fake Marlboro Man, a fake sexy cowboy who pretends to ride and rope...but all he can do is sit in the saddle, clutch the rope, and hope to GOD the horse doesn't decide to run free.
Yeah, these poser dudes would get all the opportunity that the real Chrome Cowboys should be receiving. Advertising, speaking engagements, appearances, the fabulous opportunity to share their passion for riding and the rallies with the huge, loyal ridership - it would all go to the poser boy; and the real builder, the real rally-riding cowboy, the real enthusiast of the lifestyle who sees riding as an extension of his soul would have to sift through this mockery, see through the poser on the product, to relate to the marketing message.
The real Chrome Cowboy would once again be deprived of an opportunity to share his deep affection for riding and all things motorcycles, with the windbrotherhood and windsisterhood, because the poser would assume that role which would be of great benefit to ONLY the poser because that poser has no relationship whatsoever with the reality of the lifestyle or business and can only pretend what they know, and use the opportunity to drape themselves upon a cool bike to show affinity "look at me!" --- and/or take a crash course in the culture like an outside journalist does a quick study in order to try to speak intellegently about a group of wild chrome cowboys and cowgirls. And all they would do is speak in buzz words and canned terms like talking heads, but they would be talking bodies...aliens once again invading the precious culture.
The rally attendance numbers are down, Harley-Davidson is laying off 700 employees because of their sales losses, and you know what will happen? What happened years ago, and in cycles, the real rider, the loyal windbrother and windsister, will yet again rescue the market at large, because we are dedicated, loyal and deeply passionate about motorcycles and the lifestyle--- it is in our blood, our hearts, our minds and souls...every freakin' second of our lives. It's not just a trend to us; it's not just a phase we go through. We live and breathe the lifestyle. When will the big boys in the corporate world get it? Because of the authentic and genuine members of this culture, including the notorious clubs, all of us, --- we have something the masses want....a walk on the wild side of being true to oneself, and riding your own road, born to be....free to be...a celebration of the core individual, and the truth of human relationship through "family extenstion" through the windbrotherhood and windsisterhood. And it would all go back to, if I have to explain you wouldn't understand. And those that DON'T understand, and COP the image to be cool, will fall away just like a lie is swallowed up by the truth, which is always looming in the shadow of the lie -- to give LIGHT to the real deal.
And these opportunities are ALL IN GOOD TIME. GOOD TIME. Folks, I believe that NOW is the time for the female motorcycle rider to shine, and silouette the great sunrise as she rides into the vast horizon of opportunity that belongs to you, me, and the sisterhood at large. I believe NOW is the time where the windbrotherhood and windsisterhood will save the rally and bring truth therefore kicking out all lies, exposing rip-offs, crushing greed, tossing away everything false -- to the CURB, and then with all this trash off of our roadways, we can smoothly ride as easy rider wanderlusts along the ribbon of truth again and have fun.
All In Good Time, my friends and family.
with love and opportunity,
photo by Bob Davis who is a publisher for Sturgis Rally News; a fellow Sturgis rally lover and resident who knows truth. Hey Bob, no matter what happened with this contest, you captured my joy for all things motorcycles and Sturgis in these photos and I'm eternally grateful. Too bad I wasn't photogenic enough to qualify for the title. www.sturgisbikeweek.com
THIS BLOG ENTRY HAS BEEN UPDATED MANY TIMES AS I GO THROUGH THE DEEP MOVEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING. . . My final comment, 4/28/08
To everyone who supported my entry into Miss Sturgis. I thank you.
And here was the blog that I wrote last week....I have finally laid this strange experience to rest.
The real girl motorcycle rider who loves the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, lives and breathes and works motorcycles...who got the most comments and love from our beautiful motorcycle culture, did not qualify in the eyes of the committee for the role of Miss Sturgis.
Miss Rachel Reilly, a spokes model from Las Vegas with several contests under her belt, is your new Miss Sturgis 2008. She was selected by the official Sturgis Bike Week Committee representing Glencoe Nation, Lehman Trikes, 93.1 radio and X-Rock radio. She doesn't ride, has never been to Sturgis before, nor is she familiar with the motorcycle culture. But she's the right "package" according to the judges.
With all due respect to the local girls of South Dakota who entered the Miss Sturgis contest and did not make it into the finals, I hereby sponsor my position in the Girls of Sturgis to a local girl, in order to give her opportunities to pursue her goals.
As if turns out, the contest was and is for spokesmodels, after all, and I am not one - my motive was from the angle of ambassadorship, (peace, love, rally and ride), which was incongruent with the committee. Here's what I was told: "People who emphasized how much they wanted to bring attention to the bike shows and do promotions to bring people out to Sturgis ranked higher than those who didn't show that same enthusiasm. Like you said a long time ago, you may be trying to make the position into something it's not." Yeah, well, I guess my ambition to make this title about real riders and the real rally experience in its entirety, the legacy and heritage, remembering Miss Pearl, and promote ALL the cool aspects about the greatest rally in the world didn't match their qualifications. Oh, and the fact that I'm a motorcycle journalist who writes about all things motorcycles and events and was wrapping up an article for a national publication which raved about the Sturgis Bike Week events, didn't count as promoting Sturgis and bringing people out to the bike shows. What about the fact that I had the industry supporting my entry, because I marketed the heck out of their contest to all kinds of great word-of-mouth outlets and the motorcycle community at large?
The committee representative further clarified the qualifications for Miss Sturgis to me: "It's not just the spokes model experience that we were looking for. It was the whole package of what we needed from our perspective, what radio needed from there's and what the Miss Sturgis sponsor needed to fit their needs. . ." Um, you didn't solict for spokesmodel experience. Tho, I think I could be a great spokesperson if you're looking for authenticity. Well, you've got your package, whatever that means; radio got what they needed, a professional stringer for their remotes; and the sponsor got their professional model. And what about what the TRUTH that the real windbrother and windsister wants in their Miss Sturgis?
Come on now! Then why did ya'll promote this contest to the motorcycle forums to get more real girls who rode motorcycles, and local South Dakota radio to get local contestants? Why were you so enthused that I entered your contest and repeatedly told me so? Why would the contest rep consult with me about ideas, promotions, etc? Why was my time and energy wasted if you were looking for a pro-spokesmodel who has never been to Sturgis, nor does she ride? Though, you said that she will be given motorcycle riding lessons so that she can participate in promotions at Sturgis. There are so many wonderful beauty contests at all the rallies which are fantastic and entertaining. Hotties galor! Lots of T&A! Fabulous fun for the fellows. And a great fashion show to see new and stunning outfits for us hotties not on stage. But, the title of Miss Sturgis...I don't know...I think that should be more, sacred, well, more amazing and soulful, yet sexy and fun, too, of course.
I was so loyal to my entry. I drove about 5,500 miles all told, sleeping in truck stops to save money, to get to the Miss Sturgis committee meeting in Sturgis because we had received an e-mail that we had a better chance if we appeared in person. (this mileage includes my first attempt to make the meeting in Sturgis right after my Daddy Poppi's death from Leukemia. I drove from Dover, Delaware to Illinois and then headed south to Nashville for a few days because I was so distraught over my father's passing. I then again left for Sturgis three days later.)
We're a family of riders and rally go-ers who love to have fun. You proved it! I received about 150 comments on my contestant page (the most out of everyone and way more than the chosen candidate who had 15 comments) and tons of e-mails from folks around the world supporting my entry. I thought I had a good chance to be an ambassador and make something of this title as a real female motorcycle rider who has been going to Sturgis for over ten years, whose art and profession is in the motorcycle world. If anything, it made me realize how truly a family the motorcycle culture and business really is to want one of their own in there, representing us.
But the committee did not see our view.
Apparently, I also was not photogenic enough. "We took all things into consideration, the head shot at the interview is what we looked at for photogenic and we all take this project very seriously." – another small excerpt from the committee e-mail. Sigh...it must have been that piece of spinach stuck between my teeth : ) My up against the white wall mug shot was one where I bet I was captured in mid sentence, you know, with my mouth twisted and eyes closed because I was asking, “what is this photo for?”
They didn't want the real biker chick girl. I felt so sad about this. Did they pretend to be intriqued and highly enthused that the real female motorcycle rider authentically from the culture entered their contest? They kept telling me how happy they were that I entered? Why then? They knew why I entered and then at the end of the contest it was a mere surprise...my motive was incongruent?
How could they show enthusiasm at my hard promotional work to get lots of folks to the contest site and help them to brainstorm ideas for their big Sturgis events featuring Miss Sturgis and the Girls of Sturgis? I feel sad that it seems they didn't want the real girl motorcyclist all along, no matter what the windbrothers and windsisters wanted, but still I was loyal, my dears, and drove all the way to Sturgis to meet them, with great enthusiasm. Even while I was grieving my amazing Daddy Poppi, who I lost barely a week to the day that I arrived in South Dakota. Couldn't they have just let me grieve at home, then? I guess God turns things into opportunity for divinity, because I did get to journey up Bear Butte to honor my father's soul in his transformation to spirit...and maybe that's also wear the protection of the BEAR came to me.
"Bear symbolizes introspection and intuition blended with instinct. The Lakota Sioux call Bear “Tob Tob.” To this tribe, Bear is a symbol of wisdom. This animal reveals the interrelationship between the person within the environment of creation, personal truth within the clan and the universe. Bear helps people recognize personal truth and when to stand up for rights and when to walk away. According to Chippewa tradition, the grizzly, Mudjekeewis, is the Spirit Keeper of the West. This totem symbolizes introspection and strength and imparts inner knowledge that makes it possible for people to seek alternative paths to their goals."
Though it was fun and I had great fun ideas for the title, I took this contest seriously, too. After all, it's a role to represent the world's greatest rally from a sexy, powerful female perspective. Oh friends! I live and breath motorcycles: the lifestyle, the business, the world community of riders! The sisterhood, the brotherhood. Oil runs in my veins! Know that I worked very hard to promote this contest. Every day I was doing something for it. My efforts included: extensive marketing and promotion of the contest worldwide, helping to find sponsors, appearances on radio and podcasts and online articles and blogs about the contest. Surely that's an example that I could bring people to bike shows and Sturgis? I went for broke, literally, to try and capture this title for us, the true folks of the culture, all to represent the real rider, the real passion of the rally and love for South Dakota.
Because I received so many comments on my contestant page, e-mails from around the world, and made it into the finals on an honest effort to promote the contest and secure votes, and validate the legitimacy of the contest by speaking with many female riders and the industry about it, I thought I had a real good chance at the title. And if not the title, I'd participate in the Girls of Sturgis team to represent, but that's not what they're interested in, what I am, and I can't be a part of just a modeling thing. THIS IS STURGIS! THE SOUL OF THE RIDER…THE WILD WEST…THE PIONEER…THE FRONTIER. To me rally, riding, and the like is not something I can pose for. http://downtheroadapeace.blogspot.com/2008/04/miss-sturgis-is-ms-nevada.html - to see the 154 comments.
I suppose I shouldn't have been so presumptuous to wear my heart on my sleeve about the rally and lifestyle, and should have honored the fact that the contest is for spokesmodels. Sorry, folks. I am from the street : ) I am who I am, a greazy biker chick with an insatiable love for the open road and all things motorcycles and rally. ; ) You market something like this to the actual culture, why, you will get real rider girls like me.
To be fair, I gift my Girls of Sturgis role to a local girl from Sturgis who will be able to shine and use the incredible and valuable opportunities this position will afford, to chase her modeling and spokes model dreams, through which to promote the rally, too.
Congratulations to all the Girls of Sturgis, you are so beautiful, so strong. I encourage you all to ride and live free.
To Miss Rachel Reilly: the identity of Miss Sturgis, our fine biker culture, the legacy of the rally, and the heart and sentiment of South Dakota folks is in your hands, girl, so cherish it please. You are a visitor in the motorcycle world. You've never been to Sturgis, nor do you ride. You will need to learn many things. Folks will help you to understand.
We are a windbrotherhood and windsisterhood with a passion for riding beyond words. The Girls of Sturgis who are from South Dakota are the true ambassadors to learning about their mysterious and magical home state. This was never just a contest to them or to me.
From my song Rock N Roll N Motorcycle Soul:
"Isn't that what life's about, kickin' back and hangin' out; you and me ride this land of Liberty, hittin Sturgis and we're just livin' free, oh yeah!"
CHECK OUT THE LOVE for a Biker Chick:
http://downtheroadapeace.blogspot.com/2008/04/miss-sturgis-is-ms-nevada.html - to see the 156 comments.
And be sure to Check Out the follow up to this Blog:
My beautiful Daddy Poppi, the man of my world. I adored my father beyond measure. While I was in Sturgis due diligently interviewing for the Miss Sturgis contest, I went to the mountain, Bear Butte, to find peace, and to be with my Daddy Poppi in spirit. To leave a prayer tie for him to let him know how GOLD he is to me. Pure. Precious.
My friends and family, I am crushed to lose my friend and father. Now more than ever I'd love to just crawl into his lap and feel his beautiful father energy just sooth my soul. I know he's transferred to spirit form and it was his time to be rescued from the ravages of Leukemia that took his strapping Irish build down to my weight and stature....tiny. I traveled with the bandana that I wore on my head, the day and evening he passed. That bandana which he caressed in his frail hands and looked deep into my eyes to let me know how much he loved his wild child, before he departed.
I couldn't bear to see my Daddy Poppi in a coffin, so didn't go to the memorial. I sat quietly in my home and on the banks of the river. To see a disintegrated body laying in a wooden box would have been a nightmare for me. The only place I could make sense of this was at home visualizing his spirit surrounding me.
The comforts of my Nashville home was a place I didn't want to leave to make that journey to Sturgis. But I was loyal...loyal to my entry into that silly contest that turned out to be weird. Dedicated to those who supported my entry and the goal of being a strong ambassador for Sturgis Rally and the sponsors, girls who ride, everything awesome about our rider lifestyle. My Daddy Poppi was happy about my trying for a contest like this. It took a long time for me to hit "submitt" on that entry form. I'd never done anything like it before. It was a goal to be a breakthrough I guess, as a real girl rider and true participant of the rally lifestyle, especially since Sturgis is my very favorite. Sort of like the way the Dove commercials feature real girls instead of models. After all, that's what the Sturgis Bike Week people kept bringing up to me during the contest process, how they would like to see more real female riders enter the contest.
I kept that photo shown above of my Daddy Poppi that I took and placed in the passenger seat. I cried and held that photo the whole time. I went through all kinds of weather, snow, sleet, driving rain....to get to Sturgis. I felt protected with my photo of my father clutched against me. I spoke to God and my earth father quite a bit. I don't think I realize the full impact yet...it seems like I can just pick up the phone and call Daddy Poppi. Not so. See how the photo is cradled into the rock? That's of one of my favorite stops along the Bear Butte trail. I recommend that you hug that rock and pray about whatever comes to your heart. The rock is warm and solid. so when you feel like you may have a chill from the darkness of the world, you can feel the warmth and be enlightened. Bear Butte is not about going for an exercise climb, like one local had mentioned she loves to do....I was hoping she'd follow her motive with, and to stand atop the mountain, is to be held in the arms high, by the essence of mother earth and you are her child and she is showing her child to the world and letting the world know that you belong to her; You are a child of mother earth and father sky. The perfect location to give thanks and receive spiritual direction.
God turns strange journeys into opportunities for divine intervention. Someday, you'll know all the details. I ended up driving to Denver after the Sturgis Bike Week committee meeting to see my aunt, my father's sister. She didn't get a chance to say goodbye. We sat and looked at photos. I didn't cry....because I knew if I let one tear fall, I was done fer. I'd be totally inconsolable because I hadn't gotten to that deep cry. It was important to be strong for her. I feel it close by...it's right here with me...the tears. That deep soulful movement. I'm trying to keep control over it. I don't know for how long I can hold back the onslaught of tears I need to have... I had a bit of it after he took his last breath, I'll tell you that. I sat in my car and screamed. I drove aimlessly around Dover, DE sobbing. Then I just drove and drove and drove, thinking I'd go to Bear Butte to climb the mountain and collapse onto Mother Earth and just stay there awhile talking to God and trying to find my Daddy Poppi up there in the wind. I'd then fulfill my obligations and have that meeting while I was there. Holy Cow. I made it to LaSalle, Illinois and there was one of my very best friends, Skip, waiting for me. He took me into his home, I slept there for the night. I was in no shape for any meeting whatsoever. I was in no shape to be alone in the car driving...I needed the comfort of my sweet Tennessee homestead and all my friends and family. Then I headed South to be home, with my kitties and poodles and Patrick and my friends. I pulled into the driveway of my home and sobbed. Patrick took me into his arms and we went down to the river bank and mourned our Daddy Poppi.
On the riverbank, we found the funniest piece of drift wood that looked like a silly characature of a snail laughing. I knew Daddy Poppi put it there for Pat and I to see. He was always carving and using driftwood for his works of wood art. In fact, there were many signs that Daddy Poppi was with me. That's for sure.
I faithfully climbed back into the cadillac and made my way to Sturgis three days later, with the heavy heart. But I did it, just like a windsister would do for her windbrothers and windsisters that she loves so very dearly, follow through with the mission that would benefit our beautiful and amazing motorcycle culture and rally. I'm sorry that I did not ultimately be that ambassador for us, our love of riding, and our deep passion for the rally.
Whew. I need to be alone now, all week. I won't be writing on this blog for the week dear ones. After having traveled all that long journey, which probably was used by the Lord as a healing grace considering Daddy Poppi was also a wanderlust and loved to drive endlessly, I'm going to rest, go to the gym which I have neglected for awhile with all the stuff going on, and work on the copyedit for my new book Chrome Cowgirl which needs a great deal of careful attention.
Thanks to all my friends and family, windbrothers and windsisters for your love and encouragement. You're precious and you make the world reasonable to understand. Your love is a healing grace.
As a final note, herein below I want to share with you the awesome comments that I had received on my Miss Sturgis contestant page. Many thanks to all of you who supported my entry. I so dearly wanted to win this title for YOU the real riders, the real enthusiasts of the lifestyle who have made Sturgis what it is and what’s to come!
In the precious words of Johnny Chop: "Stay Gold." Yes, I had to Stay Gold to my heart and soul and for the love of the true motorcycle lifestyle and relinquish my participation.
And, my dears, I leave you with this thought: "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve." -- Jeremiah 17:10
I was awarded truth, in the end. http://downtheroadapeace.blogspot.com/2008/04/miss-sturgis.html - read more here. But read the comments below first....just amazing and beautiful. Real, friends....REAL DEAL.
154 Comments » - From the MISS STURGIS 2008 WEBSITE, Sasha Mullins:
Such a biker chick! The ultimate road warrior in a totally female package. I love you Sasha! - Comment by Bob Babin — January 23, 2008 @ 8:35 am (employee from Sturgis Bike Week)
I agree with you that a actual biker should be Miss Sturgis, not just a model. I hope you win! - Comment by Kristin — January 25, 2008 @ 12:20 pm (employee from Sturgis Bike Week?)
Miss Sturgis, The Chrome Cowgirl !I have never seen a better candidate for Miss Sturgis ! Seriously, folks! A real honest-to-God biker lady! A Sturgis Regular for 10 years and rides her own Big Twin to Sturgis! A Singer & Songwriter who can stand up on stage, look beautiful AND talk, too! Outrageous bike and clothes.Omigod, an Author of a motorcycle book,The Chrome Cowgirl’s Guide to the Motorcycle Life.Sasha, the Chrome Cowgirl ! Making appearances atSturgis and other Biker Rallies, New Dealership Openings, New HD Model Releases like CrossBones, appear at bike promo & training events for women & any event for men, a true representativeThe Motor Company might find that you are a great emissary. You have a great look in your photo, and you could wear some leather, too. Find a custom leather for 00Leather jacket and/or chaps in colors like your boots (I LOVE those boots)! You just gotta keep wearin’ ‘em. For the Swimsuit Competition be inventive like not a bikini, maybe color leather chaps & open leather micro-jacket, ride your own bike onto the stage. Hey, Several of the other contestants look hot but none of them hold a candle to you. Good Luck from Kahuna Bud, in Virginia Comment by Kahuna Bud — January 27, 2008 @ 12:58 am
Nice picture, Sasha. Tigerlily looks a little different from the last time I saw her, too. Hope you both have fun this year and take home the blue ribbon. Love you,-Bountyman Comment by Bountyman — February 4, 2008 @ 7:09 pm
Sasha….. No one deserves the title more than you. You are the true, hot, scalding hot motorcyclist that embodies our world of riding steel horses. You are a true chrome cowgirl ( did I mention “hot”?) Sugar BearSomewhere in California Comment by Sugar Bear — February 4, 2008 @ 7:17 pm
Great pic, Sasha. G’luck in the contest. Hope you win! Comment by Avram — February 4, 2008 @ 7:28 pm
Is this really any contest?!?! Sasha wins hands down! This gorgeous lady probably rides more miles in a year than all the rest will ever see in a lifetime. She embodies the heart and soul of a real biker. Comment by Dean "D-Day" — February 4, 2008 @ 7:51 pm
the chrome cowgirl sets a new standard for biker.she is a saddle tramp and damn proud of it!i love that her fierce determination embodies what the life style is about. 400 miles and 40 grand don’t qualify as a biker. Comment by just a good old boy — February 4, 2008 @ 7:55 pm
Sista Sasha,Your the woman who does it all and deserves to win Miss Strugis 2008.Forever in the wind, ride safe & free sista !Roberta Comment by Roberta — February 4, 2008 @ 8:05 pm
Sasha is truly an ambassador to Sturgis! She is wonderful and beautiful inside and out.. She is worthy of millions of votes from brother and sister bikers from around the world! Comment by Ed Olvera — February 4, 2008 @ 9:29 pm
LOOk at YOU Sasha IF there ever was a girl best deserving and more hotter……. you got my vote………..Miss your cute hot little heart up here in lake county Comment by Johnny B — February 4, 2008 @ 9:59 pm
The only real choice in my book. If you dont know Sasha you need to get to know her true as they come, N a real biker to BOOT!! I LOVE YA BABY!! GOD BLESS RIDE FREE PANHEAD PHIL Comment by Panhead Phil — February 5, 2008 @ 2:56 am
Miss Sturgis definitely needs to be a biker hick not just another pretty face. You got my vote! Hope to see ou there, I’ll be the one on a red Fat Boy wearing leather with a couple of tats Comment by Danny in Baghdad — February 5, 2008 @ 5:40 am
You look smokin’ hot … beautiful inside and out! We miss you in New Jersey! Comment by Sasha — February 5, 2008 @ 7:07 am
From one woman who rides to another, I rode to Sturgis for the first time last year from Southern California, crossing 8 states over two weeks with two other amazing women who ride. You have my vote gold dust woman!!!Marci Comment by Marci Kap — February 5, 2008 @ 8:14 am
You’ve got my vote girlfriend! You are a dear friend and my mentor and inspiration for my riding and life. I wish we saw each other more often, but always remember I’m thinking about you. Good luck Miss Sturgis! Comment by Marilyn — February 5, 2008 @ 1:49 pm
Hey Girl!! Good luck for Miss Sturgis 2008. You got my vote. It was great seeing you at Indian Larry’s block party. Let me know when you’re coming So Cal way. After seeing your pics to vote on, I want you to have some pics of you with my bike!!! Again, good luck to you. You deserve the title!!! P.S. I agree with Sugar Bear, YOU’RE HOT!!! Comment by Frank "The Rat" — February 5, 2008 @ 4:24 pm
ride on wind sister! you’ve got my vote as always! Comment by shovelgirl66 — February 5, 2008 @ 6:49 pm
Thank You!! .. For putting yourself out there and showing that we are not all little barbie dolls. Let the passion to ride and rock n roll drives our soul as it has driven us!! Comment by Drummergirl2 — February 6, 2008 @ 12:33 pm
Yeehaw !!! Brains and Beauty - You’re the girl who has it all - The Bike - The Attitude _ The Wardrobe and the Love of the Lifestyle !!! You can representus like nobody else - Go Crome Cowgirl !You got my vote - need a campaign manager? Comment by C.W. van aggelen — February 6, 2008 @ 6:43 pm
Hey Sasha! Didn’t know you did all this stuff about you when I met you! Sure is cool to meet down to earth folk then come to find out what their hobbies are, how respected they are in the community of their peers. Love, Paris Comment by Paris — February 7, 2008 @ 1:59 pm
My cousin is the real muthaf**kin’ D-E-A-L……she’s got the face and the bike…..you gotta give love to the woman who is really doing it up here!!! No cheap imitations over in these here parts, nothing but chrome and dust in ya face….so make sure you vote for substance and not simply T & A! But hey if you want both substance and T & A, well then Sashyssss got it baby!!! Comment by Big G — February 7, 2008 @ 2:11 pm
Sasha, you’re what the whole deal is about, you’re the real deal personified. You’re the one and you have my vote!Jim in AZ… Comment by Jim — February 8, 2008 @ 6:07 pm
Hey Sasha good luck with Miss sturgis xx Comment by Ferritberger — February 10, 2008 @ 11:51 am
somers boy says hello Comment by danny joe pepe — February 10, 2008 @ 4:20 pm
Thank you so very much for taking the time to vote. Visit my website http://www.bikerlady.com/ where you can check out my blog and find out more about my passion for riding and life. Peace, love and live in the moment! -Sasha xo Comment by Sasha — February 10, 2008 @ 5:04 pm
Rock on!!!! Break a laig, but only in the show biz sense! Comment by Don Coyer — February 10, 2008 @ 5:57 pm
Sasha, You are the essence of a Biker Chick…ride on. Hope to see you again in Sturgis this year. Fly Comment by Fly — February 11, 2008 @ 5:48 pm
GOOD LUCK !!!! You’ve got our votes..Say HI!!! to Pat for us.. Comment by Dick & Pam Bessette — February 12, 2008 @ 3:26 pm
i just wished there were more woman like you out there will be voting for you everytime Comment by dragon — February 13, 2008 @ 3:22 am
Girlfriend! It’s your NYC homie here. If I’m in Sturgis this year I’ll look for you. Miss you tons! Hope things are going good in for ya in Tennessee. Folks, this is the real deal here, not some p-pad bunnie. Know Sasha from NYC and believe me when I tell you, you will never find a more richeous, hard riding, crome loving lady than this pretty woman! Sasha is all heart! I agree, Miss Sturgis should always be a REAL lady rider, and you will never find one that is more worthy of the title. Folks, let’s start a trend of voting in real riding beauties, and let’s make Sasha the first real Lady Rider to hold the crown! Crome Cowgirl, you ride ‘em, girl!! Love always, VickieFrom da hood Comment by Isis aka Vickie — February 14, 2008 @ 7:30 am
You are the embodiment of what a REAL biker Chick is . Sassy, rides her own, and has the brass to back it up. Not to mention you’re hot, and have skills. Ya got my vote, sister. Comment by DenverShae — February 16, 2008 @ 3:32 pm
Sasha,you are my wind sister and no one can hold a candle to you. For once it would be nice to see Miss Sturgis be a REAL BIKER LADY. You will give pride and respect to this wonderful honor. I believe you will win and I can hardly wait to celebrate. May the Great Spirit be with you………….always!! Gypzy Comment by Gypzy — February 16, 2008 @ 4:09 pm
Hi, My sister Kathy (KT Did) loves to ride and told me about the contest. I think it is great that women ride and you inspire others to do so. I have 2 daughters and I hope they ride just like my sister Kathy! Good luck to you. I will tell you what I tell Kathy, ride safe and enjoy the ride!Tom Short Comment by Tom — February 16, 2008 @ 10:56 pm
Sasha,You are such an inspiration to me! Thanks for being such a great role model for what women bikers really are,bad-ass,butt-kick’n road warriors! Ride on my sister of the wind! MUCH LOVE! -warthog36 Comment by warthog36 — February 16, 2008 @ 11:10 pm
Hey, Wind Sister! Best of luck! I voted for ya! You deserve this title and more! I totally agree that the title should go to a Rider Woman. Nothing wrong with being a model or lookin’ pretty on the back, but hey - if you are going to represent the ultimate in motorcycle rallies, you should ride a motorcycle, and ride it in! Judges - I have a suggestion for the contest to make it representative of REAL biker women: Include a bike rodeo and wrenching competition. Let the ladies run what they brung. Lay out H-D’s “final exam” course from the H-D rider course. Each finalist begins by running down a basic service on her bike, including changing oil and spark plugs. Then she runs the course with her newly serviced bike. Best time for a clean service and run (with no leaks or badly gapped plugs!) wins. Love you, Lady! Much aloha, Leilehua Comment by Leilehua "the Wrench Wench" Yuen — February 17, 2008 @ 12:17 am
Sasha…you are a true biker chick and deserve to win this. Go Chrome Cowgirl! Much Luck!!! Comment by Stephanie — February 18, 2008 @ 5:39 pm
Hats off to Sasha who embodies the heart and soul of Sturgis! Comment by Nurse Pam — February 18, 2008 @ 6:43 pm
Behind you 110%!! It has to be real…I rode to Sturgis this past year 7600 kms there and back…by myself…had a blast, met the best people!! You say what’s in my heart and you live the life I’m trying to live! Go Girl! You are STURGIS!! Comment by Canada — February 20, 2008 @ 6:39 pm
You got my vote!!! Rick Fairless sent me your way and he is right…..you definately need to be Miss Sturgis!!! Comment by Debbi Davids — February 24, 2008 @ 8:08 am
Sasha, I would love to catch up & ride across the country with you to Sturgis. That would be a blast & a ride of a lifetime! I think you will win! I also heard about you on the Texas Hardtails show. Charlie Comment by Charlie — February 25, 2008 @ 8:06 am
Sasha’s love for the motorcycle and the inherent spirtuality of the “ride” is not only motivational for women riders but us guys alike. Comment by Jeff C. — February 26, 2008 @ 8:28 pm
Sasha, A tip of the helmet to you milady. I am wishing you the best of luck in this contest. It it time that a “Real” lady wins. This is Sturgis. Biker country. We need a rider to represent us. You ride, you can wrench, you have talent. You live the life, you don’t just observe it. Not to mention that this (and a lot more) is wrapped in a very attractive package. You have my voter for sure. Comment by Uncle Jerry — February 28, 2008 @ 10:27 am
I adore you all, my wind brothers and sisters, for your incredible support and love! I am blessed. xoS Comment by Sasha — February 29, 2008 @ 9:47 am
Hey CONGRATS Sasha! You truly are a Motorcycle Babe! Glad we get to represent Sturgis, SD together along with all the other Hotties from the Black Hills! Look forward to meeting you this summer! Comment by Janice Colgrove — March 3, 2008 @ 10:18 am
Hey~ It’s great to see another real lady rider in the contest. I love seeing a fellow brunette who actually logs some miles. Good luck in the contest and ride safe!!! Leah Comment by Leah — March 3, 2008 @ 10:30 am
Hi Sasha, I’ve heard nothing but good things about you from our friend Barb Elmore, and now all these fine people just echo that opinion. We hope to meet you in person this summer. You are a class act and the very embodiment of “Ms. Sturgis” — a true representative of the art, of the lifestyle, of the brother and sisterhood that makes up Sturgis and the extended biker family. If you would like to say hello on our site, please do. There are lots of fine folks there as well. Keep the wind in your hair and the sun on your back, girl. Beach and Trainhttp://www.thebeachcruiser.com/ Comment by Train — March 3, 2008 @ 12:22 pm
Congrats Sasha! I can’t wait to meet you in Sturgis! Have a wonderful week! Comment by T.Lyn — March 3, 2008 @ 12:41 pm
Sasha,Glad to see the votes are coming in for you. You are the real deal. Good luck,Bob VB Comment by Bob Van Buren — March 3, 2008 @ 6:51 pm
very interesting Comment by Marc — March 3, 2008 @ 6:59 pm
U Rock…Ride on Sasha!!! Comment by Ed "Big Daddy" Baldwin — March 4, 2008 @ 6:33 am
Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to meet you in Sturgis! Comment by April DeWitt — March 4, 2008 @ 9:47 am
Sasha is the Sister Woman of choice for Sturgis! She is also the gal I want at my back in any situation-be it uptight or social! All that and you should hear her sing too!!! She is a true chrome cowgirl and the only woman I’ve seen on these boards who would TRULY represent as Miss Sturgis 2008-make it so!Her friend & fan,Lindy Loo Comment by Lindy Loo — March 5, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
You totally rock Sasha - and it’s unanimous amongst your friends - that a true biker chick should win Miss Sturgiss - and for that alone you are ahead of all the other posers. Continued sucess in all that you do - you are an inspiration and one very cool young lady and I am honored to be your friend! Comment by Kent — March 5, 2008 @ 2:43 pm
Good luck Comment by Rod — March 5, 2008 @ 8:00 pm
As far as we are concerned you are the ONLY chic in this competition. A true cool biker chic!!!! You are fun, interesting, talented, and beautiful. None compare to you.Love and miss you Comment by Cousin Debbie — March 5, 2008 @ 8:20 pm
A lot of your former fellow worker at SASMF have become bike riders over past few years and are with you all the way to becoming the next Miss Sturgis. Don’t need anyone to tell us what a truly interesting, talented, and special person you are to know. Keep up the wonderful life adventure you are on and know we all miss you and wish you every happiness. Comment by Kathy Walsh — March 6, 2008 @ 4:19 am
Sasha’s the best of the best ya’ll!Amy Comment by Amy — March 6, 2008 @ 7:19 am
Good Girl you and Tigerlily. She’s looking good with her new rake. We’re voting for you!Lots of love! Comment by Marilyn — March 6, 2008 @ 7:49 am
Sasha is the epitome of what a Miss Sturgis should be. A rider who has proven herself on the open road. Lad Carrington Comment by William (Lad) Carrington — March 6, 2008 @ 9:00 am
At least a girl who don’t need to get half-naked to be special!!! Comment by gustian — March 6, 2008 @ 1:47 pm
Well lookee here! I come back from Daytona Bike Week and I have been honored, by the love of friends and family, with a finalist nomination. This is for all of you! Dear ones! Thank you so very much. With hugs and kisses, your windsister Sasha! xoxoxo Comment by Sasha — March 6, 2008 @ 5:29 pm
You are f@#$ hot. My first rally was th 50th. back in 1990 and I have not missed one since, even when I have lived in other states and never have I seen a more perfect Miss Sturgis. You are what it is about, you are not some fluff hotty that will complain when her hair gets alittle wind blowen. You have my vote.Wolf Woman Comment by Wolf Woman — March 6, 2008 @ 6:03 pm ] Hi Sasha! I am so happy you got to the finalist! Hope you ride it all the way home! You have to know, that your book Biker Lady inspired me immensley. I began to ride at the age of 50 and really needed support. I read it from cover to cover in a matter of a couple of hours. It still brings me great female inspiration and I feel I know you through our mutual friend Stella and the book! Wishing you luck and the best at Sturgis this year! I hope to make it to watch you win it girl!PeaceKathy Comment by Kathy (KT Did) — March 7, 2008 @ 8:11 pm
OK girl ,i love the idea that someone out there can see the world as thier backyard and create the soul to obsorb all they love. You have my vote. chharley a veteran from fighting 9th, of alphabet city ps will be in nashville in june for the music festival will your people be playing anywhere? Comment by chharley — March 7, 2008 @ 8:11 pm
Sasha is the real deal, not some silicone bimbo straddling a bike she couldn’t start, let alone ride. Miss Sturgis should be a woman who reflects the motorcycling spirit, who lives the life, who RIDES. Sasha is that woman. Comment by TwoBuck — March 7, 2008 @ 10:46 pm
Way to go Sasha baby!! We’re all pullin’ for ya here in da big apple! We are not the same without you. Sending you lots of votes and vibes from Times Square. Email more songs when you get ‘em. Hands down, you’re a winner no matter what! Keep on rockin’ and rollin’ on two wheels darlin’, but keep one hand ready at the hip! Baby, you’re the greatest! love, yer pal, lakes in the morning, J-Ro Comment by J-Ro — March 8, 2008 @ 7:20 am
Sasha is a shining loving stylish passionate biker chick who will make a true stand up Miss Sturgis!If Sturgis is about real bikers and real women, then you’re the clear choice. Comment by Christina Shook — March 10, 2008 @ 10:48 am
Sasha is the Patron Saint of all bikers! She is a author who actually wrote one of the best books ever on women bikers.. That alone should earn her the crown! She is a wonderful person who is active in our favorite activity.. The 2008 Miss Sturgis is Sasha! Comment by Blake Olvera — March 10, 2008 @ 11:33 am
Hey Sasha!Way to go Babe!You are the essences of what riding is all about: “Queen of the road, she’s on her own Cruisin’ along, ridin’ free, feelin’ strong She doesn’t know what’s around the next turn but there’s fuel to burn” I still need you to sign the Book for me :o)~ Your Bud back in the NY Burbs Comment by Dave Hands — March 10, 2008 @ 11:54 am
Onya Sasha, your rock! Comment by Doc Robinson — March 10, 2008 @ 4:03 pm
CONGRATS ON MAKING IT TO THE FINALS!!! If there’s any one that should win, it’s definitely you! I’m super stoked that you’re my friend and hopefully we can get together in the near future. Comment by Frank "The Rat" — March 10, 2008 @ 4:28 pm
Yay for Sasha! Of all the contestants, you truly feel like the real deal! Vroom! Vroom! Rock on soul sister! Comment by Kim Corbin — March 10, 2008 @ 4:49 pm
Sasha, I know you and your love of motorcycles and motorcyling. You are everything a Miss Sturgis should be. I really hope you win. PhyllisIBA #143 Comment by Phyllis Lang — March 10, 2008 @ 6:50 pm
sasha YOU ARE A BIKERS, BIKER. I WISH YOU GOOD FORTUNE IN YOUR ENDEVER, TO WIN. YOU ARE QUITE A LADY OF THE WIND. AND WE ARE ALL BEHIND YOU. RIDE HARD RIDE FAST. Comment by jim gadd — March 10, 2008 @ 9:34 pm
As one of the fortunate ones who has met and had the opportunity to get to know Sasha, i can’t say enough about this woman and her commitment to the industry we all participate in. She’s not just a piece of “arm candy” but a true jewel that rides and lives the lifestyle and deserves to named Miss Sturgis. Unlike those in the past that have been named to wear this title, Sasha deserves it because she’s the real thing. She’s always got a place as Ms. Guilty if she wants!Cj at Guilty Customshttp://www.guiltycustoms.com/ Comment by CJ Hanlon — March 11, 2008 @ 6:54 am
We at Strokers Dallas support Sasha for the Miss Sturgis campaign. Good Luck! Comment by Rick Fairless — March 11, 2008 @ 7:50 am
Way to go Sasha!!! Sure do miss our chats but so glad to see you happy and having fun! Take care of yourself and good luck to you in all things you do!!! xoxo Susan Comment by Susan — March 11, 2008 @ 8:22 pm
Sweet Girl, congrats on making it this far! And of course, you should have. If the criteria is - being a real woman; as beautiful on the inside as outside; a person representing women at a motorcycle event that actually rides, well, you’ve got it hands down. You’re more than just a pretty face and my pick every time. Comment by Pepper Massey — March 12, 2008 @ 10:09 am
Sasha! How could they pick anyone BUT you for Miss Sturgis? Besides being quite the hottie, you ride to Sturgis, as well as a ton of other places, every year. See you in South Dakota! Comment by Chris Maida — March 12, 2008 @ 1:26 pm
I go to motorcycle events and see chicks pretending to be interested in motorcycles, vying for attention with their transplanted boobies and chihuahua-pitched giggles. I never vote for them. I voted for Sasha. Genuine. Comment by Paris "Mrs. Rat" — March 13, 2008 @ 8:11 am
Cool to the Core - Sasha you have the soul of Miss Sturgis. Always a good time and a great gal. Go Get Em’ Chrome Cowgirl. See You Down The Road.You Rock Comment by Tyler Fyre — March 13, 2008 @ 8:15 am
Sasha and I met in 2000 at the Womens Motorcycle Conference in Athens ,Ohio. She has been my road sister ever since. I would love to see Sturgis finally have a true “bikelady” represent Sturgis Bike Week. Sasha has been out there riding hard and writing books and magazine articles to promote women riding. And isn’t that what Sturgis is all about. The love of riding in the wind. Sasha has it all, beauty, compassion, brains and a voice to share her experience with thousands. If Sasha doesn’t represent Sturgis this year it will be their greatest loss. I love you my wind sister, Gypzy Comment by Gypzy — March 13, 2008 @ 10:37 am
It is about time we get a lady for the Miss Sturgis contest who is actually a “Miss” and actually knows how to ride her own! Isnt a “Miss” contest supposed to be “Miss” and NOT “MRS”??Sasha has the entire package here: Brains, beauty, rides her own and is loads of fun! Come on people lets vote for the best, MISS SASHA!!!! Comment by HDFEVER — March 13, 2008 @ 5:22 pm
Sasha, When I stopped you to give you a hug at the Ocean Center after the Women’s rideI could feel your warm and soulful spirit. I was concerned that you were headed out that day back to Nashville, the weather was pretty bad and we got caught in some nasty downpours and hail. looks like you made it home alright. Thanks for the inspiration and stay true to your course, as I said, have faith and all things will work out. You certainly deserve the title and I know you would bring honor to it because your heart and soul are where they need to be, filled with goodness. Pauline(jerzgirlrider) Comment by jerzgirlrider — March 13, 2008 @ 6:08 pm
all the best to you & the Tigerlily — Cabana Dan & I will see you in Sturgis Ride on wind sister! Shovelgirl Comment by shovelgirl66 — March 13, 2008 @ 6:24 pm
u go girl, we bikers here in the pan handle of florida are voting ‘n pulling for ya….good luck baby…. luv ya Comment by pigiman — March 13, 2008 @ 9:50 pm
YOU GO GIRL!! Much love to you my windsister!! DJ Jones Comment by DJ Jones — March 13, 2008 @ 11:18 pm
What to say? I totally go for the theory that a biker chick should take the title! Sturgis is all about the bikes … and there’s not a damned thing that says girls can’t ride there own! You go girl! I’ll be watching for you when I roll into Sturgis! Comment by Val — March 14, 2008 @ 4:04 pm
I’m blessed and honored by all of your dear comments. Thank you so much. I feel the same divine light for all of you. Rock N Roll N Motorcycle Soul. Love, Sasha. Comment by Sasha — March 14, 2008 @ 5:40 pm
Hey Sasha! Thanks for letting me know about the site. I voted for you and I’m SOOOO happy that a “REAL” biker chic is in the finals! You’ve definitely got what it takes and deserve to be Miss Sturgis 2008! I hope the judges pay attention to the voters, and if they do, you’ll win it hands down! If you’re ever in my area of TN, let me know. I’d be honored to ride with you! Good luck girl! Comment by annieoakley63 — March 17, 2008 @ 3:45 pm
There are few women in the world like you, Sasha, who are as beautiful inside as they are outside. Your soul! Your heart! Your love! You deserve the title Miss Sturgiss! How about “Goddess of Sturgiss!?” Comment by Susan at the Lake — March 17, 2008 @ 5:10 pm
Make that Sturgis with one S!!! Love from your friend at the lake who cannot spell! Ha ha! Comment by Susan at the Lake — March 17, 2008 @ 5:12 pm
Good Luck Sasha!!! After looking at all the finalist and reading about them, I love the way your true at heart. I agree with everyone else that you should be Miss Sturgis. Your not only a beautiful woman but a true and natural bike rider. You got my vote and I live here in the state of South Dakota. Cynthia Quoshena Comment by Cynthia Quoshena — March 17, 2008 @ 8:05 pm
Sasha: I’ve always loved your style and your writing. You have my vote! Smooch! - E Comment by Edward from NYC!!! — March 18, 2008 @ 7:09 am you go, sista!you are an inspiration. Comment by brandi (canadian sista) — March 18, 2008 @ 7:54 am
You Rock Sasha!!! There is NO other woman on the planet that deserves to be Miss Sturgis more than you. You are what “Miss Sturgis” SHOULD BE ABOUT!LOVE YOU!!! Vicki in Denver Comment by Vicki — March 18, 2008 @ 8:07 am
Sasha is Miss Sturgis already in my book! I’ve known Sasha for 2 years now and believe me, you will never find a more, hard riding, chrome loving windchild than this “pretty woman”! Sasha is all heart! She deserves this and more! Sasha’s spirituality and love of her “TigerLilly” motorcycle is not only inspirational for women riders but us “gents” as well. It’s about time that a real woman biker wins. As Miss Sturgis she will be a fantastic ambassador for this country’s finest bike rally. She rides, sings, and writes Motorcycles. Not to mention that this talented little gal is extremely attractive. It doesn’t get any better than her. I am wishing you the best of luck in this contest, Sasha. Much love your way, JB Comment by John Beymer — March 18, 2008 @ 8:32 am
Sasha, Since the day we met I thought you were just so sweet and honest. Not only are you beautiful on the outside but equally on the inside. Your love and devotion for motorcycles and the culture makes you the best candidate for Miss Sturgis. I know you will win and bring a new meaning to the contest!!Hugs,Elisa Comment by Elisa — March 18, 2008 @ 9:06 am
It’s about time the rest of the world sees that you’re ALL THAT. Just remember me when you’re a star, kay??? Love, BK Comment by Bobkat — March 18, 2008 @ 9:39 am
Sasha is Miss Sturgis!!!! She is a TRUE Bike Chick!!!! Comment by jodi — March 18, 2008 @ 9:46 am
I voted for Sasha and I hope she becomes Miss Sturgis. I’m bored with the gals with the fake everything. Sasha is the real deal… Beautiful, spirited, talented, lives for riding,a true friend and not fake anything. Comment by Hugh King — March 18, 2008 @ 11:04 am
Didn’t they pick you yet? What are they waiting for? The other girls are pretty too, but you’re pretty AND you’re one of us. How much rake is on that Sportster you ride all over the place? What better combo for Miss Sturgis? Comment by Chris Maida — March 18, 2008 @ 12:36 pm
Good luck! Comment by VaVaVroom — March 18, 2008 @ 3:51 pm
Sasha IS Miss Sturgis!!!! Comment by Trish Vogel — March 18, 2008 @ 5:35 pm
You are such a bad ass! I hope those judges see what a genuinely awesome chic you really are! Comment by Leah Hale — March 18, 2008 @ 5:50 pm
Miss Sturgis all the way!!!! Sasha walks the walk, talks the talk, and rides the ride of a true Biker! She will always have my vote!Christine’s KickSTART Motorcycle Training Series knows Sasha KicksASS! Comment by Christine Firehock — March 18, 2008 @ 6:48 pm
All of us at http://www.coolbikerides.com/ wish you the best of luck! You have an awesome attitude and represent everything the lady biker should! Ian Comment by Ian — March 19, 2008 @ 5:38 pm
Go Sasha! You are the epitome of freedom and beauty! Tough enough to ride tens of thousands of miles, and still a musical flower child. Wish there was more than one of you, but then I wouldn’t have known who to vote for, would I! Comment by Zipper — March 19, 2008 @ 5:47 pm
Sasha Mullins is the sweetest, most loveable girl I know, and she simply HAS to be the best candidate for Miss Sturgis! I think no one can equal her love and passion for riding. She has no peer in what she has done for women riders: authored and published two books, starred in at least two Discovery Channel biker movies, and she is multi talented! Sasha regularly attends the Sturgis Rally, and she does not just walk in or motor in as the locals do, neither does she arrive as a passenger on a bike or trailer her ride as the “softies” do. She RIDES to the rally, driving her own bike — all the way from New York City a few times and currently from Nashville, TN. Comment by Buddy Ford — March 19, 2008 @ 8:20 pm
Sasha is one of the most dedicated riders I have ever come across in 50 years of riding. She is the “real deal” and a soft yet immensely strong person. She is fearless and intense. She is everything and more that Miss Sturgis should be. She is a natural winner and leader and will be a great example of all that is at the core of Sturgis Bike Week. You go get ‘em Sasha!! GM Comment by George — March 20, 2008 @ 1:14 pm
Sasha crossed my path at last years Rally. She is truly a free spirit on a journey of life that few others enjoy except on their annual pilgrimage to the Rally. And to her spirit I share this quote. “Only those who take leisurely what the peopleof the world are busy aboutcan be busy about what the people of the worldtake leisurely.”Chang Ch’ao Sasha Mullins is Miss Sturgis Comment by Dan the Acupuncture Man — March 21, 2008 @ 11:53 am
Sasha rides! That in itself should make her Miss Sturgis! She’s also someone that makes me think, where has she been all my life? The only problem now is that I’m old enough to be her Father! She’s got my vote. Paul Comment by Paul Kireyczyk — March 23, 2008 @ 8:41 am
Sasha Mullens is the comsumate chrom cowgirl. I’ve never met any one in my 18 years going to Sturgis or the other rallies that can compare to her love of the saddle.When I first saw Sasha it was on a TV documentary of a small group of women riding around the country. She was a natural on screen. Then when I met her in person I was very moved by her sincerity of her love of the motorcycle community. This I saw reflected in her music, her writing, her home, her friends, and in her supportive man.I feel that that Sasha should be crowned Miss Sturgis, because she would represent the honor with dignity, beauty, knowledge, humor and talent. A rare combination! Comment by Dian Marshall — March 24, 2008 @ 7:46 am
From one wind sister who knows what it takes to be a true rider, Sasha deserves to win this contest to prove that women on motorcycles are sexier and stronger than normal women. Shasha just isn’t a pretty face and a hot bod, but a wonderful free spirit on two wheels and encompasses everything Sturgis is all about: bikes, fun, babes, and a FAMILY of riders. If she isn’t chosen, I highly doubt the agenda of the judges. Comment by Brittany Morrow — March 25, 2008 @ 7:46 pm
If the roadrash queen has your back then you got my vote…You got this girl..The total package… Comment by Chad Thomas — March 25, 2008 @ 8:22 pm
go get em girl! I’m so tired of pulling up somewhere and people being like “You’re too pretty to be a biker chick”. Just because we’re strong and we like to ride on our own instead of behind a man (sometimes ) doesn’t mean we can’t be beautiful too. Comment by Ashley — March 25, 2008 @ 9:05 pm
Gotta love a biker chick… you an insperation to all female riders! You deserve to win!!!! Comment by Monika — March 25, 2008 @ 9:16 pm
Hot pic! From a fellow rider, hope you win! Wish you the best of luck!!! Comment by bikergrl03 — March 25, 2008 @ 9:17 pm
Sasha you truly are the ideal candidate for Miss Sturgis 2008. You have accomplished so much and it should be a requirement that all contestants be able to operate and know their way around a motorcycle. Best wishes and we are rooting for you!!! Comment by Cristal — March 25, 2008 @ 10:55 pm
It should be required that a woman who is intering this contest should ride her own bike and not just one that sits and poises on it.. You go girl, from one biker chic to another… You got my vote!!!!!!! Comment by Paula — March 26, 2008 @ 4:20 am
Sasha the total package biker chic. miss Sturgis all the way. You “rock” our world girl Comment by Scott - Da -Gspot — March 26, 2008 @ 5:11 am
Good Luck You have my Vote. Comment by Steph — March 26, 2008 @ 5:54 am
Hope you win! You rock! Comment by Deah — March 26, 2008 @ 9:56 am
Sasha, You got my vote here on the east coast! Best of luck to you with your riding, writting, singing, and following your dreams! See you on the open road! Billy WizChicopee, MA Comment by Billy Wiz — March 26, 2008 @ 11:42 am
HON YOUR ROCK AND YOU RE ALL THAT ! SO BRING HOME THE WIN! YOU HAVE MY VOTE AND I’M NOT FAR FROM MADISON!!! Comment by JUST ME — March 26, 2008 @ 8:58 pm
Hey girl my mom loves you and we want you to win!SO go girl!!!kick some butt for us in Wisconsin!!!! Comment by tylor kahn — March 28, 2008 @ 12:30 pm
Well mom and the boys at home want you to bring home the win ! we are all on here as a family !You can thank Brit for us and all of us coming together ! Win Win, Win for us in Wisconsin! Comment by joradn kahn — March 28, 2008 @ 12:36 pm
You go women we love you and want you to win! You have my vote !!!oxoxoxoxox Comment by brenda middleton — March 28, 2008 @ 12:47 pm
Hey Montello ,wi we would love for you to win so good luck you have our votes!! Comment by Jt — March 28, 2008 @ 1:05 pm
Sasha,Nice surprise to hear from you today, which brings me here. I have reviewed the images and comments from the other contestants and I am sure that the content of your character, the sincerity of your actions, and the absoloute true belief you have in this life will no doubt shine through and make you the first in show! You are to be the Sturgis Ambassador, to represent women who ride through the entire year to follow. I have faith that you would be one who would make good work of the position and use it for the good of everyone. You are bringing a level of dignity to this contest representing women who love to ride. It seems to be part of your spirit. PaulineJerzgirlrider Comment by Pauline DiBartolomeo — March 28, 2008 @ 5:05 pm
You go Sasha!!!You will be the next Miss Sturgis.All the best from Gypsy Biker. Comment by Maria Sais — March 28, 2008 @ 10:00 pm
When I think of a Miss Sturgis the only image I get is Sasha. She’s got beauty, brains and she rides her own bike. I think she puts more miles on her bike in a single season than most riders put on in their entire lives GO SASHA! Comment by Alan — March 29, 2008 @ 10:24 am
You Go Girl Was at Sturgis last year but I wish I could be there this year to see you win.You are a winner & you will win this. Best of luckDriftrrBob Comment by Bob — March 29, 2008 @ 12:16 pm
hey u rock and good luck to ya !!! Comment by CRYSTAL HAIGHT — March 29, 2008 @ 9:14 pm
Women i like ur style ! Good Luck! Comment by buddy — March 29, 2008 @ 9:28 pm
wow what a girl she rocks my world ! U have my vote!! AWsome Comment by cody denson — March 29, 2008 @ 9:39 pm
I believe that when you come to Sturgis and the Black Hills you come for the best experience of Brotherhood and Sisterhood of bikers, the most beautiful riding of any rally in this great country………..What better person to represent that spirit than Sasha……..She embodies the spirit of a true biker in every way, and on top of that she is beautiful, look at that smile, at that glow…..Sturgis doesn’t need another pole dancer/model to represent the Rally they need a woman who represents and lives the spirit of Sturgis…………Sasha has for years, it would be perfect to have her represent all of the bikers when she rides into Sturgis on her own Bike, all the way from Nashville to be Miss Sturgis………Let the other contestants meet her and ride all the way in………Cheers! Comment by Mark Howlett — March 31, 2008 @ 7:47 am
You are the number one Sasha..You are the bessssssssst..A nice beautifull girl for a nice and beautifull week..personne Comment by Marcel Dumont(personne) — April 1, 2008 @ 5:07 pm
Good Luck Sasha, I already think your a winner. Comment by Lisa Corrigan — April 2, 2008 @ 3:58 am
Wow! If I were judging, it’s no contest…Sasha wins, hands-down! Good Luck… Comment by Greg Rhodes — April 2, 2008 @ 7:51 am
Sasha sould be Miss Sturgis because of her dedication to biking. I have known her for many years now can’t imagine anyone more qualified to represent the ever popular Sturgis Rally which I have attended for many years. Sasha not only has a radiant beauty and a warm sincere glow but a personality and a love for riding that I have rarely seen in my 40 plus years of riding motorcycles over this country. She would be a true representative of the biking community with the brains to be able to talk to people and represent Sturgis as it should be represented and not just a pretty face that knows nothing about the love of riding that we all enjoy together. Sasha has authored a book and has appeared on television shows over the years representing the biker community so she is very well known to many people and is not just looking for modeling opportunities as some of the other girls are. Sasha would be the very best pick of all of the candidates that you have for this year. Show everyone that Miss Sturis is a real biker this year. Comment by Tom Guest — April 2, 2008 @ 11:35 am
Sasha! On behalf of Sisters With A Throttle Motorcycle Club & the staff of Torque Vixens Magazine, we wish the BEST OF LUCK!!! You a TRUE lady biker and represent US WELL!! Hopefully we’ll get a Sister that actually TWIST the THROTTLE!!!! —Sisterly Love!! Comment by Sisters With A Throttle MC/Torque Vixens — April 3, 2008 @ 12:24 pm
Congratulations on making it to the finals! I’m glad to see that someone who is actually a part of the biker community is in the final running for Miss Sturgis. I met Sasha while camping out on the Iron Pony Ride back in 1999. The ride went from Milwaukee to Sturgis, Sasha originally road in from New York City. Sasha has been riding her custom sportster “TigerLily” to rallys throughout the country. She’s the author of two books pertaining to the motorcycle culture and lifestyle. I felt it an honor to vote for her in this contest. If anyone can represent the biking community as Miss Sturgis, Sasha is the gal!!! Comment by Skip — April 3, 2008 @ 4:39 pm
YOU ARE WHAT MISS STURGIS SHOULD BE!!! YOU’RE A REAL WINNER TO US ALL IN THE WORLD OF MOTORCYCLES AND BEING A REAL SOUL ROLLLL MODEL!!! GOD BLESS AND GOOD LUCK!!!!! Comment by Pat — April 3, 2008 @ 7:43 pm
You are to true meaning of Miss Sturgis ! you dont just have the looks you have the brains too! you have my vote and I wish you the best of luck! TJ Comment by timothy budig — April 3, 2008 @ 9:28 pm
we just wanted to tell you good luck ! you remind us of our daughters they love to ride so good luck and bring home the win for the biker women in the world! Comment by Fred and Irma walker — April 3, 2008 @ 9:32 pm
You’ll always be our winner!Keep the faith!Shovelgirl & Cabana Dan Comment by shovelgirl66 — April 7, 2008 @ 7:04 pm
Holy tire-burn-out smokes! I am BEYOND blessed to receive so much love and support for this incredibly fun opportunity. : ) MOTORLOVE and THROTTLEHUGS to everyone lovin’ on this contest, and congrats to ALL the gorgeous finalists = We ROCK! Special HIGH OCTANE THANKS to the Sturgis Bike Week Committee for sponsoring this groovy contest! Sasha xoxo Comment by sasha — April 8, 2008 @ 5:04 pm
can’t wait to see the Calendar with you as Miss Stugis - look forward to seeing you the next time you roar intoGotham City! Comment by Carl Walker (C.W.) — April 13, 2008 @ 4:10 am
I have known Sasha for about 8 years, meeting her at Rally. Since that time, Sasha has been coming to my home in Lead, SD every year, bringing her spirit & love for the ride. Her busy schedule NEVER kept her from her true friends throughout the years. I am SO tired of seeing “Playboy T & A” shots of women who have NO idea what it means to represent Sturgis. Have they ridden, as Sasha has, from New York to Sturgis, weathering the rain, hail, no accommodations, sleeping on the side of the road? Sturgis began, & should ALWAYS be about the rides through Paha Sapa, hill climb, races & comraderie between us all & Sasha with her great attitude & love of the Black Hills is the ONLY contestant that should be considered. She RIDES Tiger Lily & Comment by Dena Sheets — April 13, 2008 @ 5:40 pm
Hi Sasha..You should of won hands down..Just for your dedication to the biker way of life.. Best of luck to you in the future…Say hi to Pat when you see Him..Dick & Pam Comment by Dick & Pam Bessette — April 14, 2008 @ 12:36 pm
Wow!If your into someone real. If your into a girl with a head on her shoulders. Who is true and down to earth. Someone who hasn’t lost thier sense of humor and who is working as hard as anyone to do and get where she wants in the world. Someone who’s beauty shines from the inside. Making her gorgeous both inside and out. Then Sasha is your girl. Pleanty of flakes out there. Sasah just doesnt happen to be one of them. I know I am glad, and feel priviaged to have met her. I feel like I have a new true and real friend. Awsome girl. Awsome person. Good luck in everything Sasha! xoxoMark Comment by Mark Nelson — April 15, 2008 @ 10:02 am
sasha hey chic whats going on out in sd? sorry i missed your call sweet heart. I will call you this week i want to wish you the best of luck at winning miss sturgis 2008. from me and everyone at scooters bar bill frazier from bedford pa Comment by bill frazier bedford pa — April 15, 2008 @ 1:03 pm
Finally a woman who lives and rides!!! If you are ever out in northern Ca. you will be welcomed.
Comment by Steve — April 21, 2008 @ 7:07 am
Sasha, I am utterly disapointed at who they picked. You should have won, representing the true beauty of riding and Sturgis, but they could have at least picked someone more “qualified”!! The Miss Sturgis does seem like a beautiful girl but this isn’t a Miss American Beauty Pagent!
Comment by Jody Perewitz — April 21, 2008 @ 8:17 am
I know, I haven't posted in awhile. You see...it's mourning time. Daddy Poppi went to heaven on the evening of April 5th and I still haven't processed this spiritual transformation and his physical presence not being here, with me. I was with him when he transformed. I cannot write more about it at the moment.
After Poppi passed on, I went home to Nashville and sat by the river. I worked on some music and kept to myself. I knew I had to make it to Sturgis, South Dakota, for the Sturgis Bike Week Committee meeting for the Miss Sturgis contest. It was hard to get myself together for it. I was feeling close to home, and wanted to just be quiet, but I am loyal and enthusiastic about winning this title to benefit all us scooter tramps who just can't get enough of riding our motorcycles and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Well, I missed the first meeting which was for April 7th, due to the passing of my beloved Poppi. Though, I was bound and determined to be loyal to my entry into this contest and make it to Sturgis for the 14th. So here I am. The day of the last possible meeting before the committee would choose who will be Miss Sturgis. It ain't easy folks. This bohemian chick is up against some gorgeous hotties who are just so lovely, smart and all Bo Derek ten and tan. But, hey, I clean up good.
All of you know, that I am no super model. It's a big stretch for me to enter any kind of contest. The Bucket List movie, as I had mentioned, inspired me to enter with a mission to be like a female ambassador to all riders for my very favorite rally in the world, to celebrate women who ride, and to promote the legacy of Sturgis, South Dakota and surrounding areas related to the rally. And to have a hella fun time with everyone who would come to meet the Girls of Sturgis Bike Week. It's all about having FUN. So, I didn't enter it from a beauty standpoint, unless you count inside beauty.
My calendar shoot was me in my grease monkey looking road jeans, 8 inch clear platforms and a black and silver shirt, or orange leather shirt. I brought some sexy cool things with me, but considering the background, grafitti and art, and the words all you need is Love in the Beatlesque themed area of Art Alley in Rapid City, the outfit all fit quite well. Marla from High Maintenance Salon in Rapid City did my hair and makeup. She's awesome. She also does Jasmine Cain's hair, too.
Here I was proudly coupled with a black Harley-Davidson Cross Bones softtail. Oh, yes, I'm a small chick, 5'2, measurements oh about 33 2/3, 28, 36. I'm sort of like a Picasso painting come to life, where things have unique proportions. Oh, I gave good face....I gave good spirit in those photos. I'm an alley cat sex kitten. hahahhahahaha. But, I wasn't draped on the bike because quite frankly the only way I know how to drape myself over the bike is for a good night's sleep where I lay my head on a blanket, on top of the tank and stretch my legs up and over my bundle on the ass end of the bike. : )
The meeting with the Sturgis Bike Week committee folks was terrific. A fine bunch of people so loyal and dedicated to the wonderful rally operations and their customers. The meeting was held at Lehman Trikes. Now there's an interesting story. Read all about the founder of Lehman Trikes and learn more about how he took a Chevy Vega chassis and crafted his first trike in order to accomodate the comfort of his family and take them along for his motorcycle adventures. The trike is an important vehicle in the motorcycle culture. It's origins of course ...the tricycle. Read all about Lehman Trikes - Leader of the Three World here: http://www.lehmantrikes.com/ They offer an awesome variety of styles and models to choose from. Most of us who ride two wheels don't think often about the trike. ... but it is a sensational world to discover for us riders. I encourage women who don't feel comfortable on two wheels but want to ride, to investigate the trike. After all, you can carry a whole lot more shoes and accessories on a trike!
I went on air at 93.1 in Rapid City, and then on the air at X-Rock in Spearfish. These are some serious stations here in the Black Hills. I should say seriously FUN stations. X-Rock even played some snipets of the music we've been working so hard on back home in Nashville. What an honor to have appeared live on both stations.
I'm so grateful to everyone at Sturgis Bike Week, XRock, 93.1, Lehman Trikes and my dear friend Pepper. I'm also grateful to everyone who took the time to comment on my contestant page, to Cyril Huze, Rick Fairless, Vicki Gray, Tom Guest, Debbi Davids, and so many other terrific wind brothers and sisters who have supported my entry in this contest.
It's morning time here in Lead. My intentions were to make my way to Denver last night but I was told that there was a bunch of wild life on the road at night. Whew...I'm not in the mood to dodge antelope. So, I figured let me get some good sleep at the Ponderosa...and grabbed a cabin room. I'm snowed in...so I have no idea how far I'll get today. I didn't expect to be snowed in, considering the last few days reached upwards of 80 degrees here in the beautiful Black Hills.
It's been quite a journey ... this April 2008. I'm tired and I want to go home now. Last night I was all kinds of weepy because I just missed Daddy Poppi so much and here I am snowed in alone ... but the Black Hills comfort me, too. And so do all of you.
Peace, love and steady as she rolls....