Lone Rider : The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World
by Elspeth Beard
Editor: Michael O’Mara Books Ltd
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In 1982, at the age of twenty-three, halfway through his architectural studies, Elspeth Barbe left his family and friends in London and a 35 000-mile solo adventure around the world on his 1974 BMW R60/6.Shocked by a recent and limited break in the savings of her job ad, a tent, a little laundry and some tools, all wrapped up in the back of her bike, she was determined to prove herself.She had been riding bikes since she was a teenager and has travelled a lot.But nothing could prepare him for what was to come.When she returned to London nearly two and a half years later, she was of lighter stones and decades wiser.She had travelled ruthlessly through war-torn landscapes and countries, witnessed the insurrections that forced her to forge documents, and was able to repel sexual assaults, biker gangs and police corruption convinced that she was the narcotics trade.She had survived fatal illnesses, personal loss and the brutality of accidents that left permanent scars and a black hole in her memory.And she had fallen in love with two different menIn an era before e-mails, the Internet, mobile phones, navigation systems and, in some parts of the world, the availability and reliability of maps, Elspeth achieved something that would still seem remarkable todaySays with honesty and wit, it is the extraordinary and moving story of a unique and life-changing adventure that changes the life of adventure.
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