Grace and Grit: Motorcycle Dispatches from Early Twentieth Century Women Adventurers

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Author Bill Murphy's driving ambition and tireless research turns up the stories of five women from 1910 to 1916 who set out to pave the way for women adventurers. They packed their motorcycles with tents, tools and tenacity and charged ahead on cross country routes to make a point: that women were strong, capable and fearless. The roads were dirty and dusty, some merely cowpaths, and fuel was hard to find. Flat tires and broken chains were left to their own ingenuity and know-how to repair. And the weather ranged from rain for days to unrelenting desert sun. They endured. Here is the incredible story of daring young women in the Victorian era who chose the adventure of the ultimate road trip on two wheels.

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William (Bill, please!) is a Michigan native who paid bills by working in the arena of environmental protection for a state agency. The money also helped cover trips around the country on a variety of motorcycles - a passion that has lasted forty years. Bill is an amateur history buff with a fascination for those aspects of Americana and American history that the history books tend to ignore. For decades he has combined his love of motorcycling with his interest in historic places (and unique geologic and geographic sites as well).An inactive Marine (there is no such thing as an ex-Marine) Bill is active in military and veterans support activities and is himself a combat veteran of the Vietnam War.Four of Bill's books highlight the unique opportunities for motorcycle exploration in the Great Lakes region - a beautiful and unique part of the country that is too often under-appreciated for its motorcycling and touring opportunities. His fifth book tells the story of a generation that came of age during the Vietnam War era and of what it was like to fight in America's most unpopular war in the country's most contentious period.

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This well-researched and engaging book delves not only into the specific lives, rides and accomplishment of pioneer female motorcyclists early in the 20th Century, but also the times in which they lived. By detailing the poor road system and the limitations placed upon women in this era, it offers an inspirational story of what these riders accomplished with their epic cross-country motorcycle trips nearly a century ago. Best of all, both men and women will enjoy reading about their guts, grit and determination. --Bill Stermer, Author

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