Hi all! So excited to be here, and in such awesome company!:)
My name is Egle, I'm originally from Lithuania but have been a digital nomad for a while now so feel rather homeless most of the time:) I learned to ride in Peru on a small 150cc motorcycle and, after riding it across South America for some 30,000 miles, decided motorcycling was something I wanted to do more of. After a brief break in Europe, I hit the road again in 2016 and am currently riding Ecuador with my partner Paul; we're both on Suzuki DR650's.
I'm a journalist and writer by trade which enables me to work from the road. I love discovering strange, obscure and curious places and people all over the world. I'm also into feminism and human rights. Locally grown coffee is an obsession that often gets out of control!
I run a digital webzine for women adventure riders, www.womenadvriders.com, in the hopes of raising the visibility of female motorcyclists all over the world. Most importantly, though, I hope that Women ADV Riders can be a useful platform to connect, share experiences, get inspired and of course, get going!
When it comes to being a female rider, I do think that there's a lot of archaic sexism lingering both online and at motorcycling events (and I'm only talking about the West here, not the developing world). It's funny, really, because I don't feel like a female rider - I'm just a rider, period. It's the outside world that keeps reminding me of my "femaleness" - sometimes in hilarious ways, like when policemen in Colombia greet me "hola patron" (hello, boss) and then need a moment to compose themselves once I remove my helmet and it turns out I'm a woman; and sometimes in pretty sleazy ways, like when I was asked to take a photo with a fellow rider at Overland Expo who then inquired whether he could "tell the wife I slept with ya, hehe".
A lot of the supposed differences between the sexes are just learned social behaviors and perception. I've met and interviewed countless women who were excellent riders but who would only dare enter a beginner's or medium off road riding class, or women who were tall and physically strong and fit but would assume that X or Y bike would be "too big/heavy" for them. I've also met dozens of men who had only learned riding a month or two ago but felt they were ready for an advanced off road class, and tiny, short, slight guys who rode BMW 1200 GS's regardless of their minute stature. Were the men better riders? No, but they felt that they were - and it made a huge difference.
For me personally, confidence is a very big deal - mostly because for most of my life, I had very little of it. Traveling and motorcycling helps me find more and more confidence in myself with each passing day, and I want to share this awesome feeling and hopefully, help boost other women's confidence through adventure riding.