• Nan

Riding In Style With The Ladies

Updated: Nov 22, 2020

One of the best things for me about Authentic America is riding with other female riders and recently, Charlie and I got to ride with a group of members of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club which included two very skilled ladies.

If you haven’t heard of this particular MC, The National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club as they’re formally known, is the world's largest African American motorcycle club with almost 200 chapters and 3,000 plus members. Founded by Kenneth "Dream Maker" Thomas in 1993, the club pays homage to the African Americans who served in the 9th & 10th Cavalry units of the U. S. Army from 1866 to 1944.

In that tradition of service, the great men and women of this MC are committed to what they call “doing good in the hood” through feeding the homeless, funding college scholarships, and riding their bikes in support of charitable organizations.

Twelve members from the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham chapters met up with us at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, and took us on a great ride on the outskirts of town, but the highlight for me was getting to spend some time with two female members who go by their road names, Highway and Sweet T.

I always enjoy the camaraderie of other women riders, but I was especially impressed by these two ladies who were both riding big Honda Gold Wings! Not only did they ride them, but they handled them with ease! Watching them gave me the confidence that I could step up to a big cruising machine like theirs myself someday. We got to visit for a few minutes after the ride to talk bikes, riding techniques, and the fun of being in a club. And while I could’ve gotten lost in the motorcycle conversation, the more important things we talked about were just regular old life stuff and the ups and downs of that bumpy road we all must travel. It was a great moment that reiterates what I’ve always known, but is sometimes forgotten as life gets busy, and that is that we’re all in this world together and we need each other. We need each other to talk to, to lean on, and to share stories with because that’s where we get our strength to keep moving forward. The Lord knew we needed each other and that’s why He made so many of us I guess! I loved meeting these wonderful ladies and men of this MC and I know that if I ever break down on the road, I can call the Cavalry and one of the Buffalo Soldiers will come riding in on an iron horse to lend a hand. Thanks for riding with us ladies and gentlemen. May God bless you all as we travel life’s highway together! NK

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