Sep 112013


Blind Curves by Linda Crill

After 18 months of following one-size-fits-all advice for a 57-year-old widow, Linda Crill was still miserable. In a moment of rebellion, she traded her corporate suits for motorcycle leathers and committed herself to a 2,500-mile road trip down America’s Pacific Northwest coast riding a motorcycle. The problem she didn’t know how to ride and had only 30 days to learn.
From Vancouver, Canada, to the wine country of California, this out-of-character choice became a catalyst for discovering answers to What Now? By heading into the unknown the blind curve she faced her fears, tested old beliefs, and discovered not only a broader horizon of possibilities to use in building the next phase of her life but also the fuel to make it happen.

Funny, irreverent, and extraordinarily honest, it s the perfect read for people looking for ways to reinvent themselves, and anyone asking: What now?

A 57 yr. old woman learns to ride and conquer a huge, heavy motorcycle and then immediatly go on a 10 day trip? Very inspiring and thought provoking!! Makes me want to get out there and try new things.

I enjoyed reading about the road trip Linda took, and even her thoughts on her late husband and how she was coping. She shared her doubts about herself, and shows how to overcome your fears and how to have a “I can do this” attitude.

This would be a good book for someone who has lost someone and feels disconnected. Linda Crill helps us see that life doesn’t have to end when our spouse dies. It will of course never be the same, but you can invent a new life. You just have to decide what kind of life you want to live, and to go for it.

There are many emotions throughout this book as Linda talks about her life, the death of her husband, the grief that consumed her, and finally the healing process. There is also some humor in the book, and although there isn’t much in the way of describing the scenery along her trip, there are a few times when she and her riding partners stopped to discover their surrounding and she described them so well that I felt as if I was actually there looking at everything.

I really enjoyed this book and would like to thank Rebecca from The Cadence Group for my review copy.

  5 Responses to “Book Review: Blind Curves by Linda Crill”

  1. I may need to buy this for my friend who is suddenly widowed/separated and retiring from her job. I can’t imagine her on a bike but,…thanks.

  2. What a daring thing she undertook! I can see if she rode a bike her whole adult life but to suddenly learn in a quickie-course and take off down the coast…wow! I applaud her.

  3. THANKS for stopping by my interview. 🙂

  4. this looks like a great read! I will check it out~

  5. Thanks for the post and comments. Yes, I’ve learned that sometimes in life the only right answer is doing something we’ve always said we’d never do.

    I think when we’re asking “what now?” and we’ve over-achieved at following expert advice, that we’re more open to doing something completely out of character.

    The motorcycle trip turned around my life not because it was so hard that I discovered how strong I was. Yes, I made loads of mistakes and some days I was ready to give up, but the next day I’d be back learning again.

    I really think all of life is a road trip with lots of twists and turns we didn’t know were ahead of us.

    Thanks again.


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