A Wishful Adventure

Fast Track, Catching Up With Motocross Champ Ashley Fiolek. Image of Ashley making jumps over dirt hills on her motocross motorcycle

I have been traveling all over the place and loving every minute of it! My classes keep me busy, and yet I managed to squeeze in time to fly home to Florida for a quick “visit.” I put visit in quotes because it really wasn’t down time; I actually had an agenda. I’m looking for property there, as I’m thinking about moving back, and I also bought a utility terrain vehicle (UTV). It’s basically a cross between an All Terrain Vehicle and a pickup truck. I got it because I’m thinking of racing it! Yep, a UTV (ha ha!).

They’re becoming so big around the country, and they’re the new adventure for us motocrossers. I’ll be doing it professionally, while looking for sponsors!

Racing UTVs is so much fun that when my dad found one for sale in Georgia, we drove up to get it during my trip. I didn’t get to ride it too much, though, because tropical storm Erika lurked, and there was a deluge almost every day! So hopefully my little brother doesn’t wreck my new toy before I get back there to practice riding it again. have been traveling all over the place and loving every minute of it! My classes keep me busy, and yet I managed to squeeze in time to fly home to Florida for a quick “visit.” I put visit in quotes because it really wasn’t down time; I actually had an agenda. I’m looking for property there, as I’m thinking about moving back, and I also bought a utility terrain vehicle (UTV). It’s basically a cross between an All Terrain Vehicle and a pickup truck. I got it because I’m thinking of racing it! Yep, a UTV (ha ha!). They’re becoming so big

After my UTV purchase I flew home to California, and had one day to relax before I was back at an airport. I was trying to make my way to Ruston, LA, for a Make A Wish event, but you know with me travel is never smooth! I thought I was going to have a nice, simple flight because it was booked out of the airport closest to my house, only 40 minutes away, and I was just going for the weekend.

The first leg of the trip was from California to Texas, and the second was from Texas to Shreveport, LA. But my plane out of California was delayed for over an hour, and even though I warned the airlines that I wasn’t going to make my connecting flight, they said nothing could be done until I landed in Texas. I started to panic and asked them to change my flight to Shreveport to a later time, but I was already booked on the last flight out. When I finally got on a plane leaving California, I asked my mom to get me a car rental just in case.

Image1: Ashley signs the back a boy's tye-dyed T-shirt. Image2: Ashley takes photos with friends. Image3: Ashley and friends ride mini dirt bikes.

I landed at 7:50 p.m. and my connecting flight was 8:10. The flight attendant said I probably wouldn’t make it, but I was going to try. By the time we taxied in, and I ran over to my next flight it was 8:12, and they had closed the doors 🙁

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Luckily I had a rental car waiting. But over there, the line was a mile long. After more than an hour, I got the car. Argh! Then I had to make the four-hour drive to Ruston. My dad was not happy that I had to go through all that hassle. I got in around 2 a.m., totally exhausted, and immediately fell asleep!

It was all worth it though because the next day was amazing. I’m so glad I made the effort. Josh Branch, who is a track owner in LA, worked hard on the event, and it was so cool the way it came together. We all got to race on mini bikes and the kids had a blast! They weren’t allowed to ride, but me and Blake Wharton (another motocrosser) got to give them rides around the track and you should have seen their faces light up! Even though it was super hot outside, everyone was smiling and had a wonderful time.

A few of us riders had a couple of “friendly” races, and then the track was open for everyone to ride and have a good time. I borrowed Josh’s new razor UTV and ripped it around the track! After the event we had a big BBQ and everyone hung out on a perfect ending to a great day!

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