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Meghan Frye Hits Babes In The Dirt 5!

We introduced Meghan Frye last year on the blog, in our #fastfriends series that celebrates women in our off-road riding community! In honor of International Female Ride Day, we could think of no better feature than to take a look at Meghan’s recent trip out to Babes In The Dirt in Lebec, CA.

Meghan riding at Babes In The Dirt 5, photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Meghan riding at Babes In The Dirt 5, photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Babes In The Dirt has been an amazing sponsor for OAO since the beginning, even before we were a public event. Now in their 5th year, they bring together hundreds of female riders from all over the country to ride the beautiful California trails.

Let’s catch up with Meghan, get some tips about making the trip, and celebrate this amazing community that supports female off-road riders!

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO MAKE THE TRIP OUT TO BABES IN THE DIRT THIS YEAR?

What made my trip to Babes In The Dirt so special was how it all happened. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in July '18 and went through chemotherapy, radiation, and all the other hardships that come with cancer. I felt weak for months and wasn't able to ride off-road as much as I wanted.

This past Christmas, I was SURPRISED by my husband, family, and friends with a trip to Babes In the Dirt! This trip was the perfect opportunity to forget about cancer for a while and focus on what I love — riding dirt bikes.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

HOW DID YOU PREPARE FOR A RIDING TRIP ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY?

I always thought this would be hard to plan for, but it wasn't that bad! Once you book your flight, rental car (if needed), and bike, the bulk of the planning is done. Since my trip was a surprise, I was lucky enough to have everything planned out for me, even a bike thanks to the best crew out there, WLF Enduro.

In my opinion, the hardest part is finding a bike, but there are bike rentals in the area, and they bring the bikes to the event for you.

When it came to packing for the trip, my Fox Racing gear bag SAVED MY LIFE. I was able to pack my gear (helmet, boots, chest protector, water pack, knee/shin guards, etc) throughout the bag and still had enough room for extra clothes and camping gear. My bag also allowed me to keep my dirty boots in a closed off section so everything I packed wouldn't have a lovely coating of dirt.

Meghan riding at Babes In The Dirt 5, photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Meghan riding at Babes In The Dirt 5, photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

TELL US ABOUT THE TRAILS YOU RODE!

I rode the black diamond/single track trails for the majority of the trip. Raven Ridge was an awesome trail that included sections where you were riding on a tight trail alongside a cliff — the views were breathtaking!

A lot of the trails out there were fast and flowy so it felt great to just open that throttle and cruise right through!

DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING NEW WHILE RIDING OUT THERE?

I definitely learned what it's like to ride in thick sand — woof. There were some sections on the black diamond trails where you would come to a turn filled with sand and that was tricky for me. The more I rode in the sand, however, the more I discovered that it was best to have my body position/weight further back on the bike.

I also rode the motocross track which was my first time on a track, ever. It was awesome to experience a completely different style of riding.

After my Husqvarna demo, I also learned that I may need to add an FE 250 to my garage! ;)

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCES IN TERRAIN?

The trails out there vs. the trails I ride at home were COMPLETELY different!

The single track at Hungry Valley were sandy, hardback, and very open and flowy. I was able to ride a lot faster than I do back at home and had an extended line of sight amongst riding the trails.

In Pennsylvania, our trails are full of rocks, trees, roots, and ruts. There are a lot of sections where the woods are so tight, you can barely make it through with your handlebars.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

SO, YOU KNOW HOW PEOPLE LIKE EAST VS WEST COAST RAP? WHAT ABOUT EAST VS. WEST COAST BRAAAP?! HAHA WHERE DO YOU STAND?

That’s a tricky question because the riding is so different. I may be biased, but I love the hard enduro single track that we have out here on the East Coast. I would love to try riding some of the wooded trails in the Pacific Northwest too.

Compared to where I live, the West also has more legal riding areas which is a plus. And, who doesn't love to go FAST on some fun, flowy trails?! I definitely need to ride more out West for a more accurate comparison, but for now I'm gonna have to say East Coast!

Meghan riding at Babes In The Dirt 5, photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Meghan riding at Babes In The Dirt 5, photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP?

The community! Anya and Ashmore (from Babes In The Dirt) have created an incredible event that brought in over 700 ladies who all share the love of riding dirt! It shows you how amazing the off-road community really is.

So many rad organizations (WLF Enduro, FMF, Husqvarna, The Kurt Caselli Foundation, Fox) come together here to help make this community what it is today — a family. Babes In The Dirt is an event that I hope all ladies who ride off-road get to experience.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Photo by the WLF Enduro crew.

Over And Out is proud to be a part of that community, with Babes In The Dirt as our amazing sponsor! We look forward to offering some special items in our raffle from Babes In The Dirt, and making our way down to their first dirt event further east, in Tennessee this fall!

Learn more about Babes In The Dirt here!

Meet Meghan Milligan, Coordinator for Over And Out
Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Meghan Milligan - Pittsburgh, PA - @meggymilly

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HOW DID YOU GET INTO OFF-ROAD RIDING?

My fiancé Adam was the one who got me into riding off-road. When I first started riding in 2014, I only wanted to ride street and never have thought that I would get into riding dirt. Now if I ever had to choose between the two, street or dirt, I would choose to ride off-road, hands down! I would always watch videos of Adam ripping through trails and was completely mesmerized — I wanted to experience that same adrenaline feeling. 

I first learned how to ride dirt on my 1992 Suzuki DR350. It was a great bike to start out on, but once I got a taste of a 2-stroke dirt bike that was it — I needed something more compatible for the riding style I craved.

Photo by Adam Frye

Photo by Adam Frye

Adam then surprised me for Christmas one year with a 1996 Kawasaki KX125. That's the bike that made me completely fall in love with riding 2-strokes. The power completely changed my outlook on riding off-road and I couldn't stop smiling underneath my helmet.

However, my KX was at times challenging to ride due to some minor imperfections. I wanted to desperately advance in my skill set so instead of putting tons of money to fix up an old bike I decided to sell it to RIDE ORANGE!  I am now the proud owner of a 2009 KTM 200 XC-W and couldn't be more pumped! It's an incredible bike to ride trails and help me grow as a rider. 

Photo by Adam Frye

Photo by Adam Frye

WHAT KIND OF TERRAIN DO YOU LIKE RIDING THE MOST? 

There is nothing more thrilling than riding through the woods trying to get through each obstacle that comes your way. You get to ride through nature's very own playground — log crossings, rocky terrain, ruts — the list goes on. What really keeps it exciting that you can ride a route one weekend and by the next one it can change completely! Riding trails really improves your technical skill set — especially when riding tight single-track. And let's be real, it doesn't hurt that you're surrounded by the amazing scenery of the woods. 

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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RIDING? 

I love that you are constantly challenging yourself off-road. There is always something new to learn and you’re continuously working on improving your skills.  It's an incredible feeling when you are able to get through an obstacle that you once struggled with.

WHAT IS YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH OVER AND OUT? 

The first I heard about Over And Out was when Kelly mentioned to me that she wanted to create a ladies-only off-road event here on the East Coast. There was no event like that on our side of the country and Kelly was determined to make it happen! While she worked on plans for a public event, she organized a smaller trial event with a handful of women (of all levels) and women loved it. After that I was ECSTATIC to hear the official plans for Over And Out were a GO, and that we were finally getting a women's off-road event here on the East Coast!!  

Photo by Adam Frye

Photo by Adam Frye

As far as my involvement with Over And Out, I'm helping to bring in great items for the raffle, am assisting with event set-up and...pretty much whatever else is needed to produce an event like this! It's really fun to coordinate all of the exciting things to come! 

WHY IS THIS EVENT IMPORTANT TO YOU?

I feel honored to help assist Kelly in the planning of OAO — it's great to have an incredible woman in the off-roading community be the brains behind this event, but even better to help a friend that I have connected with through the love of riding dirt bikes! We met at the first Babes Ride Out East Coast and I was pumped to meet a woman who loves riding trails like me! 

When Kelly first told me that she was planning Over And Out I immediately volunteered to help in any way I could! I always wished there was a dirt bike/off-road event out here for women and I couldn't be happier that it is now a reality.

Riding dirt bikes has become such a huge part of my life so being able to help with Over And Out is very important to me. I can't wait to meet more great people, and I can't wait to RIDE!

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel

Photo by Sarah Van Tassel