In 1982, at the age of just 23 and halfway through her architecture studies, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000 mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60 6 Reeling from a recent breakup and with only limited savings from her pub job, a tent, a few clothes and some tools, all packed on the back of her bike, she was determined to prove herself She had ridden bikes since her teens and was well traveled But nothing could prepare her for what lay ahead.When she returned to London nearly two and a half years later she was stones lighter and decades wiser She d ridden through unforgiving landscapes and countries ravaged by war, witnessed civil uprisings that forced her to fake documents, and fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs and corrupt police convinced she was trafficking drugs She d survived life threatening illnesses, personal loss and brutal accidents that had left permanent scars and a black hole in her memory And she d fallen in love with two very different men In an age before email, the internet, mobile phones, satnavs and, in some parts of the world, readily available and reliable maps, Elspeth achieved something that would still seem remarkable today Told with honesty and wit, this is the extraordinary and moving story of a unique and life changing adventure....
|Title||:||Lone Rider: The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World|
|Number of Pages||:||104 Pages|
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Lone Rider: The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World Reviews
I have been reading many travel books motorcycle and otherwise. This book goes further than most because it gives a more intimate picture of the traveller. The actual places visited and their description are moving a little into the background and the person elspeth dominates the picture. It is the story of a amazing young woman who did such a trip with very limited resources, keeping her bike alive better than most men.
The first woman to ride a motorcycle around the world. Who could resist such a story? Elspeth Beard's recounting of her journey is much more than a travel book. Like all great books of this genre, it is a deep look into the writer's psyche. Here we find a ballsy, lucky, determined woman who sets out to prove herself right and everyone she knows wrong. The fact that I traveled through a good deal of the areas Ms. Beard writes about at roughly the same year; give or take a few, showed me how well and accurately are the descriptions of life, roads, culture, etc. This is a MUST read.
Thank you Elspeth Beard. Some of us have been waiting decades for you to write a book of your journey round the globe, and this has made it worth the wait. I have enjoyed this book (and the photographs!) immensely, so much so that I've started on a second reading. Engaging, inspiring and beautifully written, your history is a major contribution to the adventure travel genre, and you have my deepest admiration and thanks.
This is a great book. If you like bikes and traveling and appreciate the frustration of third-world border crossings and admire stories of people living out their dream (with great effort) – you will enjoy this book. Great story, well written, hard to put down. An amazing woman, Elspeth Beard. Thank you for finally writing up your adventure. Do hope they make a movie out of it.
Great read. Unlike many motorcycle writers, this book is about both the inner and outer journey. Instead of having to piece together from Wikipedia what happed post-trip, Beard fills in the future. She also gives us a very compelling look back on the voyage and shares the benefit of hindsight, which is truly what makes this a remarkable read.
When you read this book you realize why so few have done what she did and also what people are capable of accomplishing if they push themselves, an interesting read for anyone who thinks they want to take off on their motorcycle and drive through third world countries. The fact that she returned and turned an old water tower into a high end residence is an accomplishment that pales in comparison.
A great read even if you don't ride a motorcycle... Elspeth is a great writer and tells fantastic stories of her journey across the world on her Motorcycle (or Motorbike in her British words) Great read!
Excellent read! Hated to reach the end! As an occasional long distance motorcycle rider, I could relate to Elspeth's desire to make the long ride but I was in awe of her determination, bravery, and sense of adventure to tackle a journey of this magnitude, especially in the era in which she did it and the fact that she did it as a lone female rider. Thank you, Elspeth, for sharing your adventure with us.