By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
Since she was a little girl, Tammy Muzichuck-Wells and her family have been around wheels, whether those wheels were on a dirt bike, motorcycle or ATV.
Wells’ mother Peggy Beveridge said her children were raised on at least two wheels.
“They rode a lot of dirt bikes,” Beveridge said. “I even used to drive a motorcycle.”
Wells said she had a wonderful childhood growing up in Idamay and she, too, used to drive a motorcycle, but now she and her husband Donnie enjoy riding ATVs.
“Every chance we get, we go four-wheeling,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Wells works at the Cotton Patch along U.S. 250 in Farmington with her mother.
Wells first started working at what was then City National Bank before it became One Valley. She quit her job to become a stay-at-home mother until her daughter went to school.
“Once my daughter got to school, I started working at the Cotton Patch full time,” Wells said.
After working hard over the years, getting to ride ATVs with family and friends helps her relax.
“We work a lot, so that’s the getaway time,” she said.
Getting a little muddy during the rides doesn’t bother Wells. She and Donnie usually ride ATVs around their house, in Idamay and at Curtis Creek.
“We usually start from our house and go through the woods over to Idamay and pick up my older brother,” Wells said. “There will be five or six others that we will pick up along the way.”
One of Wells’ favorite things about riding ATVs is the adventurous nature of it. Her favorite time to ride is at night.
“You’re not restricted to anything because you can stop when you want and get off when you want,” she said. “You just don’t know where you’re going to end up.”
Wells and others are using their love for riding to keep the memory alive for those who loved dirt biking, ATV riding and motorcycles by holding organized rides.
To remember her sister, who loved motorcycles but passed away in 2008, Wells and her brother-in-law have held a poker run in her memory for the past several years.
“It’s her husband’s way of keeping her memory alive,” Wells said. “We try to help him pull it off.”
After the loss of her brother in 2011, Wells said his friends organized a special ride dedicated to her brother, who was a dirt bike enthusiast.
“They wanted to do something in his memory,” she said. “Over 300 people showed up that wanted to ride either dirt bikes or ATVs. It was such a good time.”
Wells said family and faith mean a lot to her, and not only does her family enjoy riding but they have a strong tradition of working hard.
“Everyone in our family works hard,” she said. “We learned it from my mom and dad.”
On Sundays, the family sits down for dinner to share stories or talk about the week. Wells said having dinner with her family is important to her.
“My mom has always been a big believer of sitting down at the supper table and eating together,” Wells said. “I still do that. You find out a lot about what’s going on at the supper table.”
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