PAUL AND VONI GLAVES
"BIG BEND", TEXAS - U.S.A.
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Unique in the world! One of a kind!
The only woman recognized by the manufacturer to have ridden 1,100,000 miles on BMW motorcycles. Both BMW Motorrad USA and the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America have recognized Voni as having ridden 1,100,000 miles on BMW motorcycles. Voni reached this milestone one mile south of Silverton, Colorado on U.S. 550, the "Million Dollar Highway" on August 12, 2017. This was 11 miles south of the Red Mountain Overlook where Voni and Ardys Kellerman each reached the 1,000,000 mark in 2011. We rode the added 10 miles to the Red Mountain Overlook to celebrate!
Voni at Red Mountain Overlook on the Million Dollar Highway
betwAteen Silverton and Ouray, Colorado, August 12, 2017.
||We have been called motorcycle "Enthusiasts" but that might be a bit of an understatement. There are lots of things about riding BMW motorcycles which we enjoy. We're glad to share some of our enthusiasm with you.|
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needs a new shower!
Click here for Voni's Article in the BMW Owners News
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|Voni has just
reached a motorcycle riding milestone attained by
very few people worldwide. She has documented
her One Millionth Mile riding BMW motorcycles.
She began riding a BMW motorcycle on Mother's Day,
May 15th, 1977. She reached her millionth mile
on Monday, August 29, 2011. Our good friend
Ardys Kellerman was also approaching this
milestone. By pre-arrangement Voni and Ardys
met at Ouray, Colorado to each ride their millionth
mile on U.S. Highway 550, the "Million Dollar
Highway. Voni and Ardys thus became the first
two women to ever log a million miles riding BMW
|On October 15, 2011 Engle
Motors in Kansas City presented Voni with her
One Million Miles awards from BMW Motorrad
USA. These awards included million mile
medallions and a certificate, as well as a
bronze sculpure of Ernst Henne, a BMW racer of
the 1030s who incidentilally lived to be 104
years old. The presentation occasioned a
dealership open house attended by over 200
people, including our son, daughter,
grandsons, Voni's 4 sisters and a couple
spouses, a fiance here and there, and many of
our riding friends. Mary Baker, the
Editor of the BMW Owners News came over from
St. Louis to cover the event and gather
additional information for publication of an
article by Jack Riepe in the Owners News.
Engle Motors also presented Paul with a special award, the "Mechanics Award" honoring Paul as "A One in a Million Smiles Mechanic".
Voni Has A New Bike
On May 11, 2010 Voni got a new motorcycle. We rode to Bentonville, Arkansas and she traded her 2000 R1100S in on this beautiful low mileage 2007 BMW F800S.
Our trip to and from Arkansas was adventurous but uneventful as we chose a route to skirt severe storms and tornadoes on the way there, and another to avoid thunderstorms and high winds on the way home.
|We just returned from a spectacular
tour of New Zealand. We were in NZ for two weeks
and rode motorcycles on both the North and South
Islands. We signed up with Fred Rau Adventure
Tours, in conjunction with Te Waipounamu Motorcycle
Tours, LTD for the "Ted Simon New Zealand
To read more and see photographs from this trip to New Zealand,
October 10 through October 15 we attended the big
motorcycle and scooter show, Intermot,
in Cologne, Germany. Intermot 2006 was held
the Cologne Exhibition Center, which is an eleven
building center not far from the banks of the
Rhine River. This is the major European
motorcycle trade show held once every two years.
was attended by more than 187,000 visitors and
over 1,300 exhibitors from all over the
world. Here Voni catches her first glimpse
of the many motorcycles featured by manufacturers
at Intermot Cologne.
to hop on the new BMW G650Xmoto.
This is one of five new models introduced by BMW.
||Paul found Chris Pfeiffer's F800
do a stoppie with, at the BMW exhibit.
never know what you will find if you look hard
enough at a major motorcycle trade show!!!!!
This is very interesting!
Cathedral is a magnificent landmark.
It dominates the skyline, day or night.
|The house is on 12 acres
located in Texas' Big Bend Country, about
25 miles north of Big Bend National Park.
Both Voni and Sarge adapted well to the challenges of living in a remote location. They're ready for anything!
|We rode our "48+"
ride, which is riding through all of the contiguous
48 states and then to Alaska, starting on May 16 in
It turned into a 40 States in 7 Days ride when Paul was involved in an accident on I-40 in New Mexico. He's OK - the K75 is a total loss.
But, before this abrupt ending we had a lot of adventure and a lot of fun.
For the complete Ride Report:
In 2004 we spent almost two
months motorcycle touring in southern Africa with
Ayres Adventures. We rode in 5 countries - South
Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.
A few of the highlights included visits to the
Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park, Cape Aghulas
(Africa's southernmost point), the Capetown
waterfront, and Soweto, in South Africa; Fish
River Canyon, the huge red dunes at Sossusvlei in the
Nabib Nakluft National Park, the seal colony at Cape
Cross, and Etosha National Park in Namibia; Chobe
National Park in Botswana; and Victoria Falls in
Zimbabwe. Wildlife viewing was spectacular.
We took nearly 3,000 pictures - many of wildlife
up close, including lions, zebras, elephants, giraffe,
rhinos, hippos, and a variety of other animals.
|On August 22, 2003 Voni and Paul both completed the 2003 IRON BUTT RALLY sponsored by the Iron Butt Association. Paul rode "Old Smokey", his 1986 BMW K75T, which he has ridden over 340,000 miles, and Voni rode "Big Red", her original 1994 BMW R1100RS. which turned the odometer past 300,000 miles during the Iron Butt Rally.|
|This 11-day long-distance rally started in Missoula, Montana on August 11, and ended back in Missoula on August 22, by way of checkpoints at Primm, Nevada, Lake City, Florida, and Buxton, Maine. There were numerous and varied bonus locations to ride to between the timed, mandatory checkpoints.|
We rode the entire rally together, and had a great time at bonus locations including the Black Rock Desert at Gerlach, Nevada; Highway 5 to the top of Mount Evans in Colorado, U.S. 129 at Deals Gap on the Tennessee-North Carolina border ("the Dragon - 318 curves in 11 miles"), the Blue Ridge Parkway, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, and Cooke City, Montana at the base of Bear Tooth Pass and Yellowstone Park. This was not just an interstate highway dash around the United States.
We both finished - earned enough points for Bronze Medals - and, had a great time. "Old Smokey" ran flawlessly and we had only a couple of minor glitches with "Big Red" (headlight adjuster and speedometer drive) neither of which threatened the completion of the rally. Not bad for a couple of "old" bikes with well in excess of 600,000 combined miles. If Voni had not made a technical error on her fuel log, (she had to write in the name of the City, but didn't also write down the station's phone number) our point totals would have been identical.
Paul previously completed the 1999 Iron Butt Rally and had so much fun then, he did it again in 2003 - this time with Voni for a riding partner.
Voni and four friends completed a "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" scouting tour, through British Columbia to Hyder, Alaska in 2003.
For a quick review of the "Girls Just Want to Have Fun Tour"
|It all started innocently enough at age 14, back in Grand Forks, North Dakota! The 49cc Allstate Moped, from Puch in Austria, was available in any Sears and Roebuck store. It got more interesting later on the Yamaha RD250 with my dog Sam.|
The Fall 2001 issue of Woman Rider magazine contains a feature article entitled "Going the Distance Alone", highlighting Voni and a number of other women motorcyclists who travel long distances on their motorcycles by themselves. Voni's picture, taken by noted photographer Michael Lichter, appeared on the cover of the magazine.
To read the article from the magazine's web page, click above.
The "Woman and
Motorcycling" exhibit at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum at
Pickerington, Ohio includes an exhibit about Voni. Click Here for more information.
was the 1st Place Finisher in the 1999 BMW Motorcycle
Owners of America annual mileage contest. She rode
her R1100RS, K75, and R80ST a total of 73,660 sMiles
between April 10 and October 11, 1999, a Personal Best . This
surpassed the Women's Division record of 50,089 miles
set in 1990 by Ardys Kellerman, and was the 3rd highest
total - men's or women's - in the history of the
In 2006 Ardys rode just over 80,000 miles in the 6 month contest - and rode more than 100,000 miles in 12 months! Go Ardys!!
Voni on her favorite Red 1994 R1100RS
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|Paul is a Past-President of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (BMW MOA). With nearly 40,000 members, BMW MOA is one of the largest recreational membership associations in the United States, and one of the world's premier marque motorcycle organizations.|
To access the BMW MOA
|Paul is the Technical Editor of the BMW Owners News, the monthly magazine of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America.|
| Saddle Sore 1000
Bun Burner 1500
1998 Minnesota 1000
1999 Minnesota 1000
1999 Iron Butt Rally Bronze Medal
2003 Iron Butt Rally Bronze Medal
We are both members of the
Internet BMW Riders.
| Not any more! When not busy with
motorcycles, Paul did work for the City of Merriam,
Kansas. He WAS Merriam's Community Development
Director from 1993 until 2004. He retired on March
27, 2004 after teaching for 31 years, 21 of them at
the Shawnee Heights district near Topeka.
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