Sherry Valley, a vice president and senior business banker at $153 million-asset Minnesota Lakes Bank of Delano, Minn., has been riding motorcycles since 2010, a hobby that has taken her across the country.
I rode on the back of my husband’s bike for a couple of years. While he was in Iraq, he bought a motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson. So, when my husband came home, he and I went together to the motorcycle training and got my license. I decided that I was going to try this. I bought a tiny little Honda motorcycle and started on that in 2010. After a while, I knew I needed to get a big-girl bike, and that’s when I bought my [Harley-Davidson] Fat Boy.
Most of the time, my husband and I ride together. We have gone to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, we have gone to [Grand Teton National Park], we’ve gone through the Rocky Mountains and we’ve gone east to Milwaukee for the Harley-Davidson anniversary party.
Anybody that wants to ride, you really should try riding. Harley-Davidson has bikes in all different shapes and sizes, so you can make it your bike. I’ve gone to four or five motorcycle rallies over the years, and I have yet to see a bike that’s exactly the same as mine.
It applies to any hobby, not just motorcycling, but you have got to go after what you want in your life. My husband and I just live our lives to the fullest and want to explore and experience all kinds of different things and aren’t afraid to go after it.
Sofia Haan is an editorial assistant with Independent Banker.