Colorado Women, Rori Miller and Jillian Turner, have embraced the Colorado mountain lifestyle with humble exuberance.
The high country of Breckenridge is where Rori and Jillian have called home for over 30 years. It’s where they make snowboard play-dates on Winter and Spring powder days and tour Colorado’s most intriguing highways and byways on their Triumph motorcycles throughout the temperate Summers and into the colorful and crisp Colorado Autumns.
The love of Colorado is where it all began for these bad-ass motorcycle babes. As their real estate businesses grew, their clients were intrigued with properties in other Colorado mountain towns and that’s where the idea of combining motorcycle touring and business building started gaining traction. “Our clients get to join us on our journeys, living vicariously through us as we show them the gorgeous Colorado landscapes and incredible real estate opportunities.” says Rori. “I agree, motorcycle trips aren’t just for sightseeing, we are on the hunt to find the most unique properties for our clients and interacting with them along the way makes it so much fun!” says Jillian. Going the literal extra mile for their clients has been an important part of what has led to their successes.
These two dedicated real estate professionals love scouting for the perfect homes and land for their clients while hugging mountain curves on two wheels. Summiting over 30 Colorado mountain passes and closing deals at sunset on hotel balconies, and even pulling over on the side of the road to discuss an opportunity that can’t wait has become a summertime tradition. “Touring Colorado’s finest mountain communities on 2 wheels is refreshingly authentic to both of us and our clients love it just as much,” says Jillian.
Of course these ladies can’t just make it all work and no play, every moto trip is packed with adventure! Each trip is carefully planned to incorporate some the best of what Colorado has to offer including hiking incredible waterfalls in Ouray and Alamosa, relaxing hot spring pit stops in Buena Vista, Pagosa Springs, Steamboat and Glenwood Springs, strolling the farmers markets in Vail, Aspen and Crested Butte, Vineyard tours in Palisade, the added exhilaration of skydiving in Delta, climbing terrifying Via Ferratas in both Telluride and Ouray, dirt biking in Grand Junction, ziplining at Copper Mountain, running ultra races from Ouray to Telluride, wakeboarding and jet skiing in Turquoise Lake in Leadville, sandboarding the Sand Dunes National Park, 4-wheeling in Silverton, hitching rides to the iconic trailhead of Zapata Falls (when they didn’t dare take their motorcycles up the boulder-filled roads), winding and weaving their bikes down the famous Million Dollar Highway into Silverton and Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park, all while experiencing Colorado’s rich history, flavor and personalities with each and every town they visit.
With headsets and mics in their helmets, Rori and Jillian get to talk, sing and joke with each other the whole time they are on the road, swapping stories about everything from their struggles to life’s victories. “It is better than any therapy! Two wheels, the wind in your face, and a never-ending conversation with your best friend,” says Rori.
These ladies come from a long line of strong women and celebrate their gift of courage and independence by FaceTime-ing with both of their mothers everywhere from lazy river beds to windy mountain tops. This lineage of strong women inspired both Rori and Jillian to embrace the uncomfortable, crossing boundaries and getting reacquainted with that inner ‘TomBoy’. “That feeling you had when you were a little girl before being blanketed with restrictions. That is the feeling we chase. As women, we slowly lose it, fading so slowly, a natural progression and before we know it, it’s gone, a distant memory, a distant sensation that at some point later in life becomes an obsession to reconnect with” says Jillian. As mothers of independent adult daughters, it is imperative that we show them how to harness and bottle that feeling, never let it go. “I wish this for everyone! Too bad you can’t bottle and sell a feeling. We would be billionaires.” Jillian laughed.
“When you live in the most perfect state, find the perfect friend, the perfect motorcycle and the perfect job you’ve got yourself a recipe that feeds the soul. At a time when I didn’t have money to spend on anything extra, I knew that these kinds of experiences needed to become part of my new reality. I knew they would change my life forever. It has finally happened and now I can’t imagine my life without it. Riding motorcycles is as addictive as any drug. I am totally hooked and have Rori to thank for that” says Jillian.
Building professional and personal relationships, raising strong, independent children and staking claim as long-time locals in the high country can be challenging, but these mountain town ladies make it look like a full time adventure!
by Pepper Hamilton
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