Sixteen months of diverse adventures and experiences in Spain and Portugal, Africa, Ukraine, USA, and Canada. The book begins when Linda has a chance meeting with a fellow musician, Georgia. She is an attractive blond Canadian who is overcoming her midlife crisis by setting out on a physical and spiritual exploration of Europe and Africa. They begin their shared adventure by leaving for Morocco on Linda´s eighteen-year-old BMW motorcycle complete with Georgia´s Celtic harp and Linda´s tin whistle. After many varied experiences, including a hike amongst the Berbers in the high Atlas mountains, they part company in the south, and Georgia continues her journey solo to face the dangers of the Mauritanian desert. Linda returns briefly to her new home in a smuggler’s village in Andalucia but is soon on the road again. After a brief visit to her family in England to help with the unexpected death of her mother, she completes a lone motorcycle trip of over seven thousand miles to the Ukraine. During this journey, she dodges bandits in Rumania and whistles her way through politically sensitive areas of Moldova and the Crimea. Finally, after a frightening experience in her own home, she takes a Greyhound bus in midwinter across the USA to Canada to meet Georgia again sixteen months after their parting in Morocco. During their time apart, Georgia and Linda kept in touch by post and excerpts from Georgia’s letters are included. These provide not only detailed accounts of life in West Africa but also a continuity and tension to Linda’s tale. Their friendship across the miles supported them both in the joys, sorrows, problems, and dangers that they each faced, candidly described in the text. A further dimension is the inclusion of poems and songs composed and used during the period. These, combined with the variety of people and places over the short time span, give a fast yet sensitive pace to the story.
Linda Bootherstone is a writer, muscician, artist and adventure motorcyclist. She has spent much of her varied life exploring different countries and continents on a variety of motorcycles.
Born in England she emigrated to Australia at gae 24 and during her time there became involved in performing and collecting folk music, also teaching with a Community Arts team in the outback.
Keen to promote female motorcycling in this country she became the first Australia president of the Womens International Motorcycling Association and , following in her fathers footsteps, learnt to fly.
She has a degree in Anthropology, Geography and History from Flinders University in South Australia and has written and performed in Educational shows in Australis, America, Spain and Gibraltar.
She loves walking in the mountains,playing her many musical instruments, motorcycle touring and drinking wine with her friends. At present she lives in Southern Spain.