On May 17, 2017, I witnessed Motoress blue decorated scooters, trikes, choppers, cruisers and sport bikes in downtown Toronto, Canada. The Toronto City Hall was engulfed with the excitement of 60+ women and their motorcycles getting ready to "Just Ride" in the 10th Annual International Female Ride event founded by Vicki Gray. The press eagerly waiting the arrival of Vicki as she rode in on her Kawasaki decorated with a bright blue star to announce the ride to Toronto's 2.8 million residents via the news that evening.
The crisp cool morning air was quickly blanketed with the warm glow of a bright blue sunny sky. The magical sunshine illuminated the chrome and sparkle of paint on all motorcycles while parked facing the large Toronto sign for a photo capture. The activity opened the doors for new friendships.
The rumble of the bikes following Vicki Gray and Cecilia Lourenco as the leaders brought the group to the BMW shop for coffee and more opportunities for the ladies to make new friends. Vicki organized the group for safety and broke all into smaller sub-groups. Cecilia took the helm of the vessel and lead the group with her flawless planned route to roar the streets of downtown Toronto. The organizational skills that Vicki is blessed with allowed all riders in a coordinated group(s) to stay together as they followed her lead making beautiful noise riding the streets in downtown Toronto safely. The route was planned perfectly to allow the city landscapes to be absorbed by me as a special guest from Boston Massachusetts to support Vicki's success with IFRD.
Gifts and food were provided by Kawasaki, BMW, Boston Pizza and a few other vendors. All organized by our fearless leader Vicki Gray. Without her, this event would not be a reality. As a special guest from Boston Massachusetts (USA), Vicki gave me a wonderful tour of the city while we zigzagged, hugged gutters, viewed the cherry blossoms in the city park and the most fun leaned our bikes in tight corners trying to bypass the crowded streets. We did not care that the blue skies became cold dark clouds later in the afternoon. This time the rumble in the sky was filled with cold thunder clouds versus what we had done on the ground with motorbikes earlier while riding with the ladies. Vicki loves to "just ride" with the skill level that only a true motorcycle racer and instructor owns. The torque on the beast was controlled by a skilled rider, it was prevalent while she tamed it to submission and controlled it with ease, she was riding a Kawasaki Z1000. My 17 year old Ducati Monster slowly followed when she opened the throttle on her beautiful fast bike. Only the cars in front of us on the highway slowed her down. I will treasure that short ride forever provided to me by the Founder of International Female Ride Day - Vicki Gray on the 10th anniversary. My healthy heart is still pounding in excitement when I think back at that special ride she shared with me, it has been an honour to be selected by Vicki for such grandeur. Thank you Vicki for all you did for me on that glorious day. You bring joy to all of us when we ride our motorcycles on your special holiday!! You are incredible.