Abby Clabough, from Colorado, has indeed been to Hell, escaped, and lived to tell about it.
Abby was born to a life of privilege that included private schools, ski trips, and country clubs but it also included a dysfunctional family and an alcoholic father. From an early age Abby had made up her mind to leave and somewhere along the way she decided that when she did leave, she would live the life of a Biker Chick.
So with that lofty goal in mind, Abby hitched rides on Harleys whenever she could and eventually left home at a very young age to become a part of the bike culture.
It was during those wild, young years that Abby found herself trapped in the backwoods with a psychotic man. Also a part of this Hell were drug dealers, strip clubs, and outlaw bikers. But it was her willingness to make life better for herself and her son that lead her back to something resembling normal – at least normal from the viewpoint of a fiercely independent Biker Chick.
Abby chronicles her life story in a book called “Shovelhead Redemption” along with the story of her solo cross-country motorcycle trip in 2007. The early chapters of the book are hard to read, especially for friends who know her now; she is very blunt about her years in Hell. The latter part of the book is pure joy and will stir the motorcycle traveler in all who read.
This book is available on Amazon.com and would make a wonderful gift for any Biker Chick or want-to-be Biker Chick. And since this article is just a tease about the life Abby has lead, you will want to read the book yourself to learn more about Abby.
Side note: Abby will be working on the next Helping with Horsepowerä project with Laura Klock. This time the bike rebuild will be working with the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County, Colorado. Watch this website for more information as the project takes off.
As the fastest growing segment of the motorcycling public, women are more inclined than ever before to move from the passenger pillion to the front of the seat and to grab those handlebars. In this series of articles called “She Rides Her Own” we will profile a woman motorcyclist, what makes her unique, and how she got started riding on two wheels. If you would like to share a story with our readers on lodeplus.com, email to: Patty.Davis.USA@gmail.com
Other She Rides Her Own articles:
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- Meet Lisa: a motorcyclist who knows perseverance
- Meet Darlene: a motorcyclist proving it’s never too late
- Meet Ralyn: leaping head on into motorcycling
- Meet Cat: she really does have nine lives
- Meet Brittany: teaching us how to avoid being skinned alive
- Meet Linda: showing us that love endures
- Meet Robin: her inner strength changed her life
- Meet LeftLane: living a life that matters
- Meet Pinky: she is passionate about motorcycles
- Meet Laura: enthusiast, racer, and mentor
- Meet Jackie: trading up and enjoying the ride
- Meet Lori: living a meaningful life
- Meet Leilani: finding a motorcycle that is just right
- Meet Karen: finding blessings in unusual places
- Meet Liz: Making my way to the motorcycle
- Meet Sharon: she overcame addiction to find passion and purpose