Blind Curves: One Woman's Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer:

Blind Curves: One Woman's Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer: "What Now?"




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?"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985898502
Publisher: Opus INTL
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1 Halston to Harley 1

2 Learning Conundrum 12

3 Dreaded Road Test 21

4 Unplanned Detour 33

5 Getting Directions 46

6 Buying Leathers 56

7 Ready, Set, Roll 61

8 Vancouver: Life on the Edge 69

9 White-Knuckled Imposter 82

10 Ménage à Trois in Oregon 99

11 Set On Cruise Control 114

12 Guard Rails 125

13 Sacred Silent Giants 136

14 The Gravel Taboo 142

15 Mendocino Intermission 154

16 Life's Blind Curves 165

17 The Longest Day 173

18 Vroom! 186

19 Road Runner 197

20 Gray Heaven 206

21 A Fistful of Pennies 215

22 Nostalgic Reunion 224

23 Shadow Trip 238

Epilogue: What Now? 252

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Blind Curves: One Woman's Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer: What Now 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PJAdkins More than 1 year ago
I've been an avid reader my entire life. As such, I am definitely a book snob and was prepared to read a chapter or two before setting Blind Curves aside to collect dust. I'm happy to report that I read this book from cover to cover - Linda's writing style rocks! Not only does the language flow, she doesn't beat the reader over the head with advice, she doesn't assume that we don't get it and over explain - she simply takes us along to share her adventure. And what an adventure it was! Whether you're looking to answer the question, 'What now?' or you enjoy stories about bikers or you applaud those who don't believe in age/gender boundaries, you'll love this story!
AniWooley More than 1 year ago
The author wrote this book after one of life's tougher challenges of how and where to go next when all doors seemed to lead nowhere interesting, and packed them on a motorcycle trip that kept my interest. It was easily readable yet kept my interest. I bought books for my hospice staff who loved the idea, passed it through my mother's retirement home who received it with great enthusiasm and saw college students love the prospect of challenging a 1250 BMW motorcycle to a ride. Enjoy!
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
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.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite In "Blind Curves," author Linda Crill tells of her life of fulfillment which was suddenly taken away when her husband died from cancer. Being a top notch consultant, Linda vowed that she would take the advice of experts and she'd soon be herself again. She ate right, got plenty of sleep and exercised. Neither work nor friends seemed to make her life right again. Something other than her husband had been taken from her and Linda was hard-pressed to attempt to find a way back to herself. And then, a sudden thought struck her; she would learn to ride a motorcycle. The thought gained motivation when a friend called and invited her on a trip to the Pacific Northwest to motorcycle down the Pacific Coast Highway. As crazy as the idea seemed, it appealed to her and she began lessons which were essential to obtaining the motorcycle license. When she failed the course, Linda learned another lesson. She learned that she still had an innate fight in her that refused to accept defeat. This is a story of searching for a new self once life has dealt an unexpected blow. It is a story about breaking away from a traditional path and exploring opportunity. It is a story of courage and tenacity and of throwing caution to the wind. While readers may not all relate to the choice of the motorcycle as a means of exploring a fresh path in life, most will identify with the need to try new and different things so that life is lived both because of and in spite of adversity.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
BLIND CURVES by Linda Crill is an interesting and poignant Widows/Biography/Memoir. A great story of what now? Linda Crill had it all, she was 57 years old, a Fortune 100 executive,successful,mother,and wife. Until her husband died after a battle with cancer,and left her a widow and a bit lost. What now she asked herself? You pick up the pieces of your shattered heart,rework your life,face your fears,and move forward. So Linda learns to ride a, yes,a motercycle and takes off on a road trip down America's Northwest coast from Canada to California with two men and another woman. What she learns are valuable lessons,finds new friendships,broadens her horizons,and begins another phase of her life. A poignant,sometimes funny story of life,death,grief,healing and finding herself again. A powerful yet interesting story! We are not defined by our age or circumstances. We can redefine ourselves. So ask yourself, what now? If you a recent widow, or just adrift in your life,what a powerful story to read. Very impressive! Received for an honest review from the publisher and The Cadence Group. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR,(Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More)
AnnaBlau More than 1 year ago
A great story that really grabbed me. All of us experience set backs in life. And when it does, we often take time out to recover. But when we're ready to move forward again in rebuilding life, often none of our new possibiliteis feels quite right. And we ask, "What now?" In Linda's case, when traditional advice wasn't working, she threatens to do the most ridiculous thing she can think of. She chooses the formerly unthinkable. She learns to ride a motorcycle and goes on a road trip.  and this wouldn't be me. But what I like  about "Blind Curves" is how she shows how she discarded old beliefs and discovers new attitudes and continued to find ideas that were completely new to her.  This is a book I will enjoy re-reading and recommending to my friends.