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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
NARRATOR
WW
Wendy Wolfson
LENGTH
11:16
hr min
RELEASED
2019
February 21
PUBLISHER
Elspeth Beard RTW
PRESENTED BY
Audible.com
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
550.2
MB

Customer Reviews

badcarma ,

Lone rider my butt

Although entertaining and worth reading, hardly a lone rider in this story. I’m not knocking her achievements in life and her courage...an incredible woman with too much courage, as she clearly would have not made it without close friends and a few lovers along the way. From chapter to chapter, this is a love story to from a woman traveling. Worth reading as it highlights some things are worth doing and something...not so much.

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