Women Riders

Inspirational Women Updates

Written by  September 27, 2015

I have written about some inspirational women, and thought I would catch up on how they are doing now.

JoanJoan Krenning
I covered Joan in our March, 2013 issue entitled Joan’s Journey - A Three-Year Journey of Hope & American Pride. I wrote about her plan to visit every state in the U.S. within three years. It seems that plan has been scrapped, as Joan has not made any unique visits to states in a year or more. She switched gears, so to speak, and began Steel Horse Sisterhood in 2014. The mission of the Sisterhood, according to the site is “a collaboration of the life stories of women who live, giving of their time and talents for the benefit of others.” It includes Steel Horse Sisterhood Charities and an annual summit with guest speakers, seminars and activities aimed at bringing together women riders from all walks of life.

michele wierzgacMichele Wierzgac
When I interviewed Michele for my September, 2014 column, Inspirational Women: Michele Wierzgac, I knew I was talking to a woman who truly enjoys her life. She is still teaching riding and still speaking and giving seminars. Her Facebook page is filled with her adventures in solo riding, pushing herself to go long distances such as Chicago to New Orleans in one day (986 miles, 16 hours) and Chicago to Vermont. In August, she wed Susan Kenealy.

DianaDiane Gracely
If ever there was a woman who lived up to her name, Diane Gracely is that woman. In my November, 2014 column, Inspirational Women: Diane Landis Gracely, I wrote of Diane’s struggle with Charcot Marie tooth Disease and her incredible journey to become a business woman and rider. Since that column, Diane has had some ups and downs, but always faced each day with optimism and hope. She got a new bike, a 2006 Honda VTX1300 that she had customized into a trike. In April, Diane was hit by a drunk driver while in her car. She sustained injuries that were exacerbated by her CMT. Ever the fighter, though, Diane continues to crusade for biker safety, run her business and ride her new trike.

Christina ShookChristina Shook
In August of 2009, while I was laid up with my shattered ankle, a young photographer contacted me about reviewing her new book, Chicks on Bikes. The book contained short stories with accompanying images of women who ride, race and embrace the biker life. The book did quite well for Christina. She is still a photographer, working out of California, and doing a lot of traveling. She was the photographer for the book “Live Full Throttle: Life Lessons From Friends Who Faced Cancer,” written by author and cross country motorcyclist Tamela Rich, which is based on two years of riding her motorcycle across the U.S. and Canada, with other women committed to the breast cancer cause.