Fleet Manager Welcomes Open Road
Fleet Manager Ginger Raglin does plenty while she’s in the St. Louis region office in Bridgeton, MO. In any given day she is likely to be juggling several different responsibilities for the company.
Whether it’s taking care of the all the vehicle registrations, managing the fuel for the trucks, maintenance management, or vehicle purchases, Ginger is no doubt making sure all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed.
“I wear a lot of different hats,” she said. “Every day is different.”
But when Ginger is not in the office, she likes to take a break from managing vehicles to hit the open road with her husband on their motorcycles.
Ginger discovered she enjoyed riding with her husband on his bike and wanted more of the same. “His work schedule kept us from going on a few rides together and so I decided to get my own license and my own bike,” Ginger said.
Ginger bought a 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic, and she and her husband are members of the STAR Touring and Riding Association’s “Gateway” chapter in St. Louis. Over the summer Ginger and the group helped sponsor several organizations and rides including Feed the Children and its distribution in St. Charles, Mo.
The STAR organization holds annual rallies in different states across the country contributing to Feed the Children Foundation in late July. Each state also holds individual rallies to help not only the national cause, but the states the organization works in.
The feeling of helping people is one that she always relishes.
“Oh, it gives you a wonderful feeling,” Ginger said. “You get the people coming through and they are very grateful and it’s very loving. It feels good to know that you’re helping the community.”
What she also loves is the camaraderie of fellow riders in her chapter... “The … people we ride with (are) just a fun bunch of people,” she said. “Riding on the open road, there’s just not another feeling like it.”
In her adventures on the highways, Ginger has traveled to Chattanooga, TN; Madison, WI; Hershey, PA; and several interesting spots inside the Missouri state lines including Springfield and Jefferson City, the state capital of the Show-Me State.
But sometimes the best part of her hobby is simply finding a place on the map and taking a ride there with her husband.
“We pick a restaurant in some far-away town and just go check it out. Just ride there and just check out some restaurant we’ve never seen,” she said.
“Let’s go have ice cream in Hannibal,” Ginger said with a laugh.
We know this particular hobby isn’t unique to Ginger. Send us your photos! We would love to see you and your bike and hear more about your own love of the open road.