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Ouray, Colorado
Red Mountain Overlook on the Million Dollar Highway
August 30, 2011


Voni Glaves and Ardys Kellerman became the first two women in North America to document riding one million miles on BMW motorcycles. As they approached these accomplishments they arranged to meet in Ouray, Colorado to ride their one-millionth miles together on U.S. Highway 550, the “Million Dollar Highway. They reached this milestone at Red Mountain Overlook between Ouray and Silverton, Colorado the morning of August 30, 2011. Dealership documentation of their achievements has been sent to BMW Motorrad U.S.A. and to the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, each of which provides mileage awards at 100,000 mile intervals.

Glaves, 64, is a retired teacher who resides in the Texas Big Bend just north of Big Bend National Park. Kellerman, 79, is a retired electronics technician who resides in Lexington, Texas. Both have been riding BMW motorcycles for many years. Kellerman bought her first BMW in 1985. Glaves first BMW was her Mother’s Day present in 1977. Glaves accumulated the million miles on 15 different BMWs over the years since then. Her highest mileage on a single motorcycle was 357,658 miles on a 1993 R1100RS, which she still owns. Kellerman has owned 16 BMWs including a 1999 R1100RT with 170,000 miles.

Both Kellerman and Glaves are experienced long distance endurance riders. Glaves finished the 11-day Iron Butt Rally in 2003. Kellerman completed the biennial 11-day Iron Butt Rally four times.

Million Mile Ladies
Million Mile Riders Voni Glaves and Ardys Kellerman

Million Mile BMW Riders
Voni Glaves and Ardys Kellerman


Million Mile Riders Ardys Kellerman and Voni Glaves

Million Mile BMW Riders Ardys Kellerman and Voni Glaves

For additional information contact Paul Glaves at: paul.glaves@bigbend.net


This feature originally appeared in August 2011
Updated: 06/02/13


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Updated on: 06/02/13 at 13:42 CST