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Riding for Change
When Cynthia Morgan moved from the back of the bike to handling her own hog in the summer of 2007, she was embracing a dream and immediately knew she had found a true passion. But when she decided to go to the annual Sturgis, S.D., motorcycle rally, she knew she had to be smart about it.
In 2004, Morgan was living and working in Kuwait and Iraq and was woken up from her sleep by an attacker. Though it was an incident that would force many women to retreat from life, Morgan was not going to let the past hold her back from pursuing what she wanted.
“I live life to the fullest and I wanted to go to Sturgis,” Morgan says. “That meant camping and you can’t lock a door on a tent.”
Morgan reached out to her fellow truckers. She called in to the Sirius radio trucking show “Freewheelin’” and discussed her desire to go to Sturgis, as well as her safety concerns.
“It’s a big community and one of the drivers, Henry, picked up the phone and called me and said, ‘If you want to go to Sturgis, I got your back,’” Morgan says.
With that, Road Dogs on Hogs was born, and Morgan camped with more than 40 truckers who got together because of her.
“It really started out as one driver reaching out to another,” she adds. “We want to promote that we’ve got each other’s backs, that the roads are friendlier, and we look forward to meeting someone we talked to through our website.”
The group has grown beyond Sturgis, and Morgan is dispensing information about rallies all over the country for other trucking motorcycle enthusiasts to get together.
“We are trying to promote a sense of community,” she says. “Through our love of motorcycles we can bridge the gap of old school driver and new school driver and bring a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood back to the roads.”