Posted on July 26, 2010 in General Interest
Alongside 26 other women in a training class, Joanne Burghardt gets ready to mount
the machine in her quest to become a licensed rider.
By Deb Shaw
Editor, Suburban Publisher
Trophy wives and fast cars have long been the supposed hallmarks of many a man’s
mid-life crisis; perhaps it’s motorcycles for women.
Both I and acclaimed newspaper editor Joanne Burghardt, in two separate countries
and with no common ties, found ourselves gravitating first to motorcycle safe rider
training followed quickly by the purchase of our first bikes and we both did this
around our half century mark. Hmmmm, wonder if it’s something about ink in the veins
for a couple of decades that is pushing nerves aside to learn firsthand about a
sport/hobby that has long attracted men in droves but only in recent years is seeing
more women on 2-wheel iron horses. “I like to go fast” is how Burghardt explains
her new found passion.
But that’s not the only place where speed is an element of Burghardt’s life.
In her work as Editor-in-Chief of Metroland Media Group’s Durham Region / Northumberland
County Division, Burghardt has been involved in the quick and constant evolution
of durhamregion.com and her fervor for high journalistic standards alongside the
need to keep pace with the changing expectations of readers are pushing her to continuously
and rapidly advance the bar.
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