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Michele with her beloved Big Thumper in 1998
Michele with her beloved Big Thumper in 1998

With the perspective of almost two decades, I look at this thirty-something woman with a great deal of amusement and a lot of exasperation. I am also amazed at how lucky she was: to do this journey and to finish it in safety. Although I am still a romantic at heart, I’ve since learnt that a little motorbike maintenance is good for peace of mind.

This year-long journey has been the most intense period of my life: every day seemed longer, brighter, richer. I suppose it was my belated coming-of-age.
Since then, of course my life has continued and thanks to this trip I have learned that everyday is full of choices, opportunities and perhaps most importantly, near misses.

Every now and then I wonder what Big Thumper is up to. I’d like to think it’s somewhere in the Himalayas going up some dirt track.

Michele on a return visit to India in 2013. This time on a more sedate Bajaj Pulsar motorbike
Michele on a return visit to India in 2013. This time on a more sedate Bajaj Pulsar motorbike

And Finally…

As an independent writer it can be difficult to get talked about. Therefore, if you can find the time to leave a review on the site where you bought this book, I would be very grateful.

If you want to contact me directly, you can do so at:
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