If you had told me, pre-pandemic, that one day I would be the author of a book about motorcycling, I would have not have believed you! But here I am, thrilled to announce the publication of my new book Motorcycling Confidence For Women.
I began learning to ride as a response to lockdown. It seems strange to say it now, but I started to wonder if we Brits would ever be allowed to leave the UK again. I wanted to find a new way of adventuring – and motorcycling fit the bill perfectly.
It’s been an amazing learning journey. This summer, in the fine company of my friend Frank, I rode all the way to Italy and back. 3000 miles! I crossed the Channel via Eurotunnel, met Frank in Calais and together we rode down through France, through miles and miles of sunflower fields. We slept in a chateau, a sixteenth century loft and a Romany caravan in the middle of a vineyard. We rode through the Pyrenees to Barcelona and caught the ferry to Sardinia. There we rode along coastal roads, dancing between land and sea and sky. Back across to mainland Italy, we rode through the Italian Alps and I thought my heart would explode with amazement at where I was and what I was doing – riding my own motorbike.
In December, we set off on another road trip, doing 4000 km around Thailand on Honda ADV150 adventure scooters. That was an extraordinary experience too.
I decided to write the book because I wanted to help other women experience the glorious sense of freedom that motorcycling brings. Since it has been published, I’ve had many wonderful emails and online comments from women saying it has helped them overcome anxieties, and reassured them that they are not alone in how they are feeling. I can ask for no greater reward than that.
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