Stu rode motorcycles in his younger years but took a long hiatus until purchasing the initial Big Red, a 1998 Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide with a Champion Trike conversion. He rode Big Red for several years before moving up to the current Big Red, a 2009 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide.
Donna is a retired IT worker with over 30 years in the industry, from programmer through to management. She and her late husband, Mike, full-timed for two years in an Allegro Class A motorhome while they worked as fiber optic construction inspectors. When he was diagnosed with cancer, they sold the motorhome and settled back into a house. Read more: Our Journey with Head and Neck Cancer and My Prime Years.
Widowed in 2004, she traveled the country solo in 2005, riding 27k miles through 42 states on her 2005 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe. In 2007 she sold her home in Sparta, TN, bought a used Fleetwood Tioga Class C motorhome and hit the road with her 2006 BMW F650GS. She had sold the BMW when she met Stu in July 2008 and has since moved back to a Harley-Davidson ride, a 2011 HD SuperLow named Gypsy.
Stu met Donna at the Gillette WY Escapade in July 2008, they married in April 2009 and currently live and travel in a 41' KZ Escalade toy hauler fifth wheel pulled by a medium duty Freightliner.
The motorcycles travel in the 10' garage along with all the associated gear, tools and other assorted and sundry items.
Their other companion is their puppy, Sadie, a Boxer mix they adopted in October 2010. At nine weeks old she took her first motorcycle trip on the back of Big Red. She continues to enjoy riding. Eventually she will ride in the back seat of the trike.
Sadie has her own blog at Sadie Speaks...hope you'll visit!
Donna enjoys her sideline of website work. Check out some of her current personal sites:
- Ride My Own (women motorcyclists)
- 2 Wheels Camp (motorcycle camping)
- My Prime Years (some old RVing articles)
- Coming soon: ToadilyRV, ToadilyFit, ToadilyMC
Stu and Donna plan to continue full-timing for years to come but they are planning for the future as well. In 2009 they purchased 5 acres of land in Jamestown, TN. In 2010 they started work on an RV site and in 2011 they hope to finish. Sometime in the next 10 years they will add a large pole barn (Stu's Play Pen) and a log cabin. You can follow their progress here: Fire Lily Base Camp