NEW YORK (AP) - Cris Baldwin
was 7 when she
brother's minibike on their Wisconsin dairy farm and first felt the wind in her
More than 250,000 miles and 42 years later, it's still two wheels and a gas tank for the school administrator.
Baldwin is an assistant dean at Washington University in St. Louis, but that's just one part of her.
She's also past president and a chapter founder of the 30-year-old Women on Wheels, one of the country's oldest and largest motorcycle clubs for women at about 2,000 members.
"It really is freeing from your day to day obligations, enjoying the moment, not thinking about bills or sending kids to college," Baldwin
is a mom who rode.
So did her
23-year-old daughter, until she
gave up two wheels for four when she
driver's license years ago.
At 5-3 and about 150 pounds, Baldwin's ride is a 700-pound Harley "clone" designed and built by her
mom, now 69, was an inspiration, tearing around their farm on a Honda trail bike.
gave up riding because she
couldn't find other women to ride with.
And my dad was totally against it," Baldwin