Ronda Brown the Lady Rider sponsored by Law Tigers
60,000 + miles this year: the story of her blessing!
By Peter Kaye
The Post Riding Days
We caught up with Ms. Ronda Brown – best known as RollingWithRonda – during Arizona BikeWeek & BikeFest. A Catholic high school Art Teacher in Elmira, New York. from 2006 to 2010, that her hours were cut to part-time. Then returned to subbing in Waverly, NY until she took to the road Ronda rode during her younger years while on her first road bike at 18. She stepped away from the bike-life to raise a family including many foster children before she got back on the saddle in 2013. She always had the flame burning inside of her to ride again and when her three sons got older and her six grand-kids also encouraged her to be the “cool” grandma, she thought to her self: “why not start riding again?”
While in Asheville North Carolina visiting After taking the MSF course at home rode her friend’s 450 Honda Shadow in the North Carolina hills and next thing she knew she was hooked. She rode the 450 Shadow four times in those difficult winding roads and God-created hills and with every time she did she knew, deep in her soul that she will be riding again in no time. If she had to explain you wouldn’t understand…
When she got back home to Waverly New York, she wanted a bike…bad! But she did not have money for one, so she began test-riding several different bikes just top get it out of her system, till she had the money to get her own. On one of test rides she fell in love with a two-tone red and silver 2005 Carbureted Harley Sporty 883 named Ruby. Ronda really wanted to ride-in to the sunset with Ruby that very day, but as we noted previously she did not have all the money to make the purchase. Ruby’s owner – also a woman rider – told Ronda that: “she felt like they had met before” and she let Ronda give her a down payment of $1,000 signed over the title and held a promissory note for the balance! Ronda honored her commitment and paid off the balance sooner than expected.
Ruby was put to use! Ronda rode 8,000 miles her first season on Ruby, then 12,000 miles in 2015 and 14,000 miles in 2017. Pick a destination and Ronda may just be there! It may be a Law Tigers event or another national or regional biker event and Ronda is up for it. This year will be four times Ronda has travelled across the country and we and her fans and followers expect her to log in between 60-75,000 miles for her year long tour of the country. No pressure! We can easily note that, her local and cross-country trips raising awareness about women riders. Y O U G O R O N D A! We need to connect Ronda with our friend and contributing writer: Leah Misch from Riding With Leah.
How she got the Tiger Blessing!
Someone told her about a contest Law Tigers Motorcycle Attorneys was putting on looking for a Female Rider to travel the country on her motorcycle and raise awareness about women riders. More than one person told her she should be entering the contest and she was finally persuaded to do so. She sent in her two-minute video on “WHY I RIDE”. Over 60 women entered the contest and within a few days Ronda saw the six finalists on Social Media and, she was one of them! Needless to say, she was surprised to see herself as a finalist since there were some great women among the other five like the famous and well respected Courtney Lambert being one and known from many venues like her popular radio show: “Wide Open Radio”.
Ronda won the contest and the other five finalists were very supportive of her. Courtney Lambert as a matter of fact, did an interview with her for Wide Open Radio during Daytona Bike Week. Makes me think are we ‘Christian riders’ as supportive of each other?
Rolling With Ronda becomes a reality
During her lengthy travels, Ronda has found more support than she ever expected she would. People have opened their homes for her to stay on their couches and in their guest rooms and till this day she has not had to camp yet; but she would if she needed to she told us. There is this thing on Social Media called “couch surf” where you post about your lodging needs during your travels and people respond.
We asked Ronda, if she can think of one person she came across that stood out the most and she told us about Jennifer, also known as “Peaches” from Montgomery, Texas. Ronda communicated with Peaches on social media and they hit it off from early on… When Ronda met Peaches in person in Montgomery, TX, Peaches had sold everything and was in the middle of moving. All her belongings were in boxes and they both had plenty of time to ride. In Ronda’s words referring to Peaches: “that woman can ride!”
We reached out to Peaches on Facebook and this is what Peaches said: “Rather than going to Galveston, Ronda came through Montgomery on her way to the Texas Hill country. I saw her post about the best route to take and someone else suggested she bypasses Galveston and take Hwy 105 as the best route to get there. When I saw that comment, I told her I am right off 105 and she could couch surf at my place. So that is how I met Ronda. We rode around my area before she left for the Hill Country and then I decided to ride out and join her for a few days. Ronda is one tough woman. An amazing inspiration!”
Ronda has now traveled to events all across this country that some of us only dream riding to one day. From her home in New York to Arizona for BikeWeek and BikeFest where she takes a few days to regroup and fellowship with her Law tigers brothers and sisters to Laughlin, NV and off to Illinois to meet up with the International Female Riders group and ride on to Washington D.C. for Rolling Thunder. She is a regular Rider at various vet rides in N.Y. when she is home.
Her Family Life
Although her boys don’t ride…yet, her grandkids think she’s the coolest ever and say they will for sure ride their own one day, especially her seven year old grandson Tyler.
We asked Ronda: “If you had to give one advise to others and especially women riders what would it be?” Her reply was priceless. Ronda replied: “When people tell you ‘you can’t do this alone’ don’t believe them. Build up you confidence, ride more, ride alone, do whatever it takes, but don’t ever think you’re invincible while riding. Wear proper riding gear, and inspire others to do the same.” WELL SAID Rolling Ronda!
When we met up with Ronda in April, she had been on the road since February and was planning to be on the road for at least another year. Since the interview, Ronda had a minor bike accident, breaking her thumb. She is on the mend, still posting during her recovery about the aspects of being in an accident and motorcycle safety and is still attending bike events. She plans to be rolling in four weeks, and that is per doctors orders!
Ronda is very grateful for Law Tigers sponsoring her during her journey and is constantly looking for sponsors to get behind her and her cause of Women Riders’ Awareness. If you are interested to know more about Ronda, follow her at: www.facebook.com/Rolling-with-Ronda-205720813316150 and on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/rollingwithronda.
Editor’s Note: Dear Ronda, thank you for your kindness to others and your dedication to the motorcycle community. You are a true Pioneer! Accidents happen, and speaking from experience, you can ride for 30+ years and only be in a minor accident so, RIDE ON ROLLING RONDA! You have MANY miles to cover!