Riding Towards Shadows by Nellie Merthe Erkenbach

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Riding Towards Shadows is my very own road movie turned book, a true journey to my heart, my way of dealing with the demons of my past; love, death, and redemption.
Arriving in my forties, I started asking myself who I really was, what my life was about and where I wanted to go from here. I had a successful career as a journalist, but something was missing and there was still a twenty-year-old unsolved issue. The man I loved had died in a motorcycle accident in the early 1990s in Glasgow, Scotland. I never told him I loved him. He never knew, or did he? The pain had never left me.
It was time to give him the send-off he never had. And it was time to face the shadows from my past.
That was the beginning of this journey.
All lovers of road movies know one thing; the means of transport plays a major role in this. I have been a biker all my life, now was the time to go for the real thing. I bought a Harley-Davidson and rode north, a thousand miles towards my past; not knowing, what or who I would find. Could it be peace and awareness?
I hope my search for inner and outer freedom, my way of dealing with my sorrow, and my determination to do things my way, especially as a woman facing so much sexism and stereotypes, will appeal to some and maybe inspire others. Never cease to dream.
Of course, this is also a story for all those lovers of road movies, motorcycles and the easy rider myth.
This is my journey; it taught me a lot. Let it inspire you, everything is true as I remember it.

Riding Towards Shadows Nellie Merthe Erkenbach

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (28 Nov. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1729495281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1729495285
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm


bro bonding

I know I am certainly not the world’s trendiest person, I know next to nothing about fashion, clubbing or in-weekends and I had never ever heard the term bro bonding.

The term came from a woman who knows all these things because she lives in one of the trendiest European capitals and works in an office where they seem to do this kind of thing, this bro bonding.

I got curious and did a spot of research on the internet. Soon I found a paperback by Wes Yoder, with a title, that says it all….

Bond of Brothers: Connecting with Other Men beyond Work, Weather and Sports

This triggered a laughing fit because suddenly, I really understood.

We had been out in the car and I had to stop on a narrow stretch of single track road to let three men in their late fifties pass. All sitting on big Harleys, geared up (to my horror) in yellow high visibility jackets, looking like the local bin men in the process.

“What the f*** are they doing?” I had cried out, thinking about the jackets and the way they tried to pass too close to the car.

“Oh, I guess they are bro bonding.” the woman who knows about trends had answered.

Isn’t it hilarious, that the office people actually believe they have come up with this?

And do all those brothers who have “bonded” since the forties know that they are actually bro bonding?

Guess being a member of a motorcycle club does not sound so trendy.

Who cares about trends???

A biker has always been able to connect with another biker beyond Work, Weather and Sports!