I always loved Harley Davidson motorcycles but didn't really know any women that road them. I would see an occasional woman rider and think how cool it was. I moved to Des Moines around 1999 . A few years later my sister moved to town. If you know the "Boom Girls", then you know that our hair is our thing. Little M found a hair stylist named Kristen Herridge and we both in trusted our locks to her to cut, color, and style. To say that Kristen is one totally cool chick is an understatement. She is such a free spirit and so much fun to talk to. Through conversations with Kristen, I found out that she road a Heritage Softail and had been riding since she was 15. We'd talk about motorcycles non-stop when I'd visit the salon to have my hair glamorized. I started hanging with her and her dad, Don, at Porky's bike nights. One bike night we were sitting around talking about Sturgis and some how I got invited. I was so stoked because it was something I'd always wanted to do.
Blondies Beauty Parlor, and started a family. Kristen sold the Road King but that Biker Spirit has never left her. We still talk about motorcycles non-stop and laugh about all the good times we had. I look forward to the day when Kristen gets back on two wheels, so that her and I can ride together again. Thanks Kristen for all the encouragement you gave me along the way to my own ride. You really put up with listening to me talk about riding my own for way too long. I'm sure at some points in our conversations you were thinking, "would you do it already"! I feel like if our paths hadn't crossed I would probably still be dreaming of my own motorcycle and never realized my dream! You Rock Sister!