VII: Rules of the Road for the Lone Female Biker

14th November, 2013

Deptford, S.London

Dear You are,

As my journey’s end draws close, an ouroboros taking the first tentative nibbles of its nether regions, it seems a timely thing to scrawl down some Rules of the Road for Lone Female Bikers which have been fomenting along the way.  Neither exhaustive nor exclusive to LFBs, I hope they may be of some use to anyone considering their own personal odyssey:

  1. Keep goodbyes brief and PLEASE DON’T CRY.
  2. Don’t chew, suck, it’ll last longer.
  3. Be rigid in your flexibility.
  4. When going through long tunnels imagine that they are never going to end.  Observe the rising panic; know thine enemy.
  5. The only way to move forwards while looking back is in a rowing boat, you are on a motorbike, keep your eyes front.
  6. Expectations, like child stars, can be entertaining but often turn nasty.
  7. Learn to separate loneliness from melancholy.  If left together they will breed.
  8. The road is like a lover, if you get off it for too long it will feel strange when you get back on.
  9. Your smile is fantastic.
  10. Never hurry but ride wild.  You are alive.

All that leaves me to do is thank you for any attention and especially for the kind words and encouragement that have bolstered me along the way.  This has been a life-changing experience akin to discovering that Lakeland deliver to the door but somehow more rewarding.

I remain your loyal servant, your hard shoulder, and your soft verge,