By Crystal Dey
Osakis girl Rachel Narveson is a real quality chic. She divides her time between her profession as a licensed practical nurse in PrimeWest’s Health Care and Quality departments and life as a biker babe cruising America’s highways and byways.
“I think we should have a motorcycle and I want it to be a Harley-Davidson,” Narveson told her husband Terry. “I just love the way they sound.”
Terry got on the horn and soon they were jamming to AC/DC and Lynrd Skynrd on an iPod while cruising around on a Softtail Classic. Every year, they venture to Sturgis for the rally.
The couple joined the Harley-Davidson family more than a decade ago. Rachel and Terry have been married for 29 years.
When she’s not revving off on a new adventure, Rachel keeps grounded in her countryside home down a two-lane blacktop east of Lake Victoria in Alexandria.
She and Terry share their parcel of paradise with Cody, their 7-year-old chocolate lab…and of course, Terry’s hog.
What’s the deal with all other bikes versus Harleys? The distinctive sound of the pipes, the chrome, the ability to customize the bike to give it your personal look. Made in America!
How long have you been riding? Eleven years. I ride behind Terry so I can just relax and enjoy the scenery. Especially when riding through the Black Hills, I can take pictures and enjoy the sites.
Does your husband ever ride while you drive? I have never had the desire. I am very happy to leave the driving to him.
What do you love about your job at PrimeWest? The great people I work with, always new challenges.
What is great about living in Douglas County? Access to all the beautiful lakes and activities.
People would be shocked to learn that: I am a Blue Angels air show junkie. A ride in an F-18 jet is on my bucket list.
What are your other passions, hobbies or interests? Riding Harley, especially the rides out West and observing the people at the Sturgis rally. Traveling to warm climates in the winter and trying new things like zip-lining, white water rafting and snorkeling. Enjoying being on the lakes here, riding bicycle, spending time with friends and their families.
The role of a woman has morphed through the decades. What can Generation Z learn from your generation? All the opportunities for women that have evolved are from the strength, intelligence and perseverance of women who have worked hard to open doors for future generations. Such as the women during WWII who left their homes and went to work in factories learning skills normally done by men, but they helped support the country. Today’s women have many more options open to them, areas that were never thought of as female roles.