Now that it’s spring—even if Mother Nature doesn’t want to admit it—there’s a certain frantic trembling in my mind. As always, the close of the spring semester brings about craziness beyond belief. But that’s not what I’m talking about. No, I’m talking about the anticipation of warm weather and, with it, motorcycles. Now I haven’t always loved motorcycles. But, frankly, I don’t know what I used to do without my little CB550. She has a way of calming me and bringing me back to earth when I have had just about enough of everything. The solitude I find on a motorcycle is unparalleled to anything I have experienced. Despite my love, I have yet to go further than Chicago on my baby. And even then it was over a two day stretch. Which brings me to why I am rambling about this on an English Club blog. Well here it goes:
Many of you probably don’t know Lois Pryce. I didn’t either until my boyfriend’s uncle (Steve) had us watch a series of videos on basically “How to Ride on Really Really Really Long Trips on a Motorcycle.” I ignored it, as I usually do. I never had much fascination with long trips mainly because I saw it as a guy thing. There are certain things I just don’t see as practical for myself, an allergy-ridden female in my early 20s. Riding motorcycles around the world wasn’t something I saw myself pulling off. That is until Steve told me that one of the DVDs was dedicated to women. ”Women on the Loose” featured Lois Pryce as the “host” of sorts for that DVD. I was fascinated with her. She flew from England to Alaska and rode her motorcycle (a tiny little 225 enduro) all the way down to Tierra Del Fuego. Then, she motorcycled all the way through Africa. She was amazing. So, naturally, I read her book “Lois on the Loose.” (The namesake for the documentary).
It was a fascinating read! Not only does it prove that Lois is a complete badass, but it also made me realize my goal for after college. I never liked the traditional college>work force>retire>travel way of life. I would much rather do something outstanding early in life. Maybe riding a motorcycle through Central and South America is just that something for me. Lois related the experience so colorfully with plenty of trials and treats of the road. From a horrific crash to bike problems with altitude to the amazing views and people she met! It was all just so real. So full of life. It makes me want to jump on my bike tomorrow and just go. Though Lois may not be a professional writer, her book was just what I needed to figure out my answer to the ever burning question of “What do you wan to do when you grow up?” It’s the best book I’ve read in years simply because of what it has made me realize about myself. I’ll never settle for going through life, I have to actually live it… just like Lois did.