Helmet time on a solo motorcycle journey gives pause for plenty of self-reflection. Now imagine that same self-reflection knowing you are dying. That’s what happened to Heather Ellis. Heather was given a death date and fighting for her life, she rode her motorcycle following the fabled silk road from London to Australia. Jailed within the cell walls of her helmet, her mind raced knowing her impending fate. Yet even with an HIV positive diagnosis in the early 1990s and without any known treatments, she never gave up hope. Her book Timeless on the Silk Road gives you her first hand account of what that was like.
Heather’s motorcycle journey with lived experience being HIV positive offers us a perspective of hope and optimism as the world goes through the COVID-19 pandemic. Like her work within the HIV community, Heather has witnessed that “…people are becoming very united, working close together and working close together as a community” in dealing with the coronavirus. Crisis really can bring about the best in humanity.
On Episode 7 of Bedtime Stories with The Motelorcyclist, Heather shares her story and the inspiration for writing Timeless on the Silk Road. She also talks about her work in support of U = U (undetectable equals untransmittable) an initiative to end the dual epidemics of HIV and HIV related stigma and how she is inspired to continue writing. Watch the interview below.
New Online Motorcycle Conference Just for Women
Alisa Clickenger, author of Boost Your Confidence Through Motorcycling: A Women’s Guide To Being Your Best Self On And Off The Bike is the inspiration behind a new Women’s Motorcycle Conference taking place next weekend April 17-18.
Alisa also joined me last night on Bedtime Stories with The Motelorcyclist. On the show she talks about the inspiration behind the conference and what she hopes can be achieved. The online conference spans two days with an impressive array of speakers. And the best part is registration is only $20! You can watch the full interview with Alisa Clickenger here.
Motorcycle Vending Machines?
May just be. On this week’s Chasing the Horizon Moto Moment, Wes Fleming talks about how the industry is getting creative with service and sales of new motorcycles – including the online ordering and delivery of new Indian Motorcycles direct to your home. Also, to beat boredom during this stay at home period, Wes suggests going to visit the Motorcycle Safety Foundation web site to keep your skills sharp. Finally he tees up his own special guest Tom Grolemund with Dunlop Tires on this week’s episode of his popular Chasing the Horizon podcast series.
On Wednesday, Meet Round the World (RTW) Adventure Rider & Writer Allan Karl
RTW adventure rider and bestselling author Allan Karl is my special guest this Wednesday April 15 on Bedtime Stories with The Motelorcyclist. If you don’t know Allan – think of him as Bourdain on a bike! His book Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection is a bestseller and served as the inspiration behind my book Sleeping Around in America. Tune in to meet Karl this Wednesday at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT on Facebook Live.