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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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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