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The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle

The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle [Kindle Edition]

Diana Bletter
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"This is an absolutely spellbinding read...I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this!"
--Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Author, When Elephants Weep and The Assault On Truth
After raising her “4+2+1” brood—four kids, two stepkids and one unofficially adopted Ethiopian daughter— Diana Bletter faced an empty nest. What would she do now? And more importantly, who was she now?
With nothing left to call her own, she decided to ride a motorcycle (with her husband on his motorcycle) from Long Island up to Alaska and back again. Only one slight problem: she’d never been on a motorcycle before.
With six motorcycle lessons’ worth of experience, she took off, traveling across a continent, and then up the Alaska Highway, a road that is “sometimes dangerous, often unpredictable, and always saddled with the solitude of a frontier trail.” She and her husband, alone together for the first time in years, confront fierce winds, drenching rains, grizzly bears, moose—and each other. Full of spiritual insights, observations and humor, The Mom Who Took Off on Her Motorcycle captures the way two people, madly in love and yet so different, learn to count on each other and rediscover their passion—despite an accident that almost tears them apart. This story of a 10,000-mile journey to the Great White North is the inspiring tale of how one woman takes off to discover who she was before she had children and to find out who she could still become.

About the Author

Diana Bletter’s work appears in The New York Times, The Huffington Post,, and elsewhere. She is the first-prize winner of Family Circle’s 2011 Fiction Contest. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women, with photographs by Lori Grinker, was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Diana lives with her husband and their children in a beach village in Western Galilee, Israel. She is a member of a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's peace group.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2428 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kent & Cordell; 1 edition (18 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8SJMU2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"This is an absolutely spellbinding read...I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this!"
--Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Author, When Elephants Weep and The Assault On Truth

Diana Bletter's writing appears in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post,, and other publications. She is the First Prize winner of Family Circle Magazine's 2011 Fiction Contest, and her novel, The Witches' Secret, was a semi-finalist in Amazon's 2009 Breakout Novel Award. Her stories have appeared in The North American Review, The Reading Room and Watchword. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women, with photographs by Lori Grinker, was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. She lives in a small beach village in northern Israel with her husband and children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiration 28 May 2014
By yve
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This book is a inspiring story of a journey that only a few of us are fortunate to take . Funny and sad but mostly empowering .You go girl
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book - not what you'd expect 23 Dec 2013
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Diana's story is more than a motorcycle adventure, and shows how the changes that we need to accept can be the most rewarding of experiences. Rather different from standard motorcycle fare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, informative, and inspiring 26 Feb 2013
By Rebecca - Published on
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If you are looking for inspiration to go on a reckless adventure, figure out who you really are, ponder your purpose in life, test the limits of your marriage, or push the boundaries of your comfort zone, this book is for you. If you want to learn about subjects ranging from motorcycles to the history of small Alaskan towns, this book is also for you. The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle is an all-around gripping read -- part travel essay, part self-discovery tale, and part love story, there's something here for everyone.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Diana was great; her husband inscrutable 25 April 2013
By David L. Rappuhn - Published on
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I enjoyed the beginning much more than the middle or end. A great intro to why the trip made sense, plus the start of the journey as she learned how to be a rider more than just how to ride. I especially enjoyed her descriptions of her Jewish heritage, the prayers, and her sensitivity. But she never completed the journey to enjoyment: it seemed more a mountain to climb because it was there, a challenge to be overcome.
And then her husband... his only redeeming value (according to how she wrote) was that he was willing to let her lead, which was smart from a rider's perspective. But then he ruined it by constant complaining about her speed and style. Then he destroyed it one day when she unexpectedly slowed down. Clearly following too close behind, he dumped the bike at 46 miles per hour because he was afraid he might run into her. Try steering around! But no, he suffers injury and then says it's her fault? Hey, I appreciate his Army experience (been there) and focus on the mission at hand (done that). But this wasn't a mission, it was a journey, and he completely fudged it up. He was lucky she didn't just leave him by the side of the road ... which is where I wanted to leave the book at that point. No true rider's fulfillment; she learned a few things about life, which was apparently more than her husband did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For Any Woman Rider 1 Jun 2014
By Gerene Hackney - Published on
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This book was recommended on a Ladies Of Harley site. I immediately ordered it and finished it in less than a day...between short rides. I admire Diana so much for taking her fears and going with them. All women riders should read this book....especially the new riders. Thank you for sharing your experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle 23 Mar 2013
By Sharon Mann - Published on
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"The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle, " vividly describes the ups and downs of Diana Bletter's emotional and physical 10,000 mile journey on the road to Alaska with her husband. Diana portrays the mental and physical challenges she faced with honesty, wit and humor. A good read for everyone, with special appeal for anyone who enjoys reminiscing about, is in the middle of or contemplating a turning point in his/her life. I was captivated by Diana's account of the history and scenery along the way as well as her personal revelations on this trip of self discovery. I thoroughly enjoyed taking this road trip, mile by mile, 'vicariously' through Diana's book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey of Self-Discovery 28 May 2013
By John Chancellor - Published on
The ancient philosopher Seneca once said, "It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."
Seneca had a very good understanding of what makes life difficult for most people - our inability to step out of our comfort zones and embark on a journey of discovery to find who we are, why we are here and what is truly important to us.

Diana Bletter has written a wonderful memoir of her journey of self-discovery in the book titled - The Mom Who Took Off on Her Motorcycle. Diana is certainly not your ordinary soccer mom. She had lived a very full and adventerous life prior to embarking on a 10,000 plus mile journey on a motorcycle ride from New York to Alaska and back. This was her maiden voyage on a motorcycle. She had a very few brief lessons prior to undertaking such a long and challenging trip. Her husband was her only riding companion.

The primary story is about the trip with all the beauty and all the challenges - it is seems like there were more challenges than beauty. But scattered throughout the story, Diana fills us in on her own life story. She tells us how she grew up in New York and later moved to Israel. She shares the story of meeting and falling in love with her second husband - Jonny. Like most people she spends some time each day thinking of the past, speculating about the future and wondering why she is here.

For Diana, the purpose of the trip is one of discovery. Not of Canada or Alaska but one of looking deep into her soul - searching for the meaning of life. She is constantly plagued with fear. This would be an extremely challenging ride for an experienced biker. It is even more so for a novice biker. She and Jonny seem to have a very loving relationship but he is at times curt and then over-protective. There is definitely a contrast between the personalities. Jonny is always focused on the destination while Diana is focused on the journey.

You will be treated to lots of history as you make the trip with Diana and Jonny. She scatters the story with lots of tidbits of information. There are also very graphic descriptions of the interesting people and colorful places they encounter along the way.

There is one overriding lesson - you only find life by facing your fears. Going on a two month, 10,000 mile trip on a motorcycle might not be the journey of self-discovery that is right for you. But if you want to unravel the mystery of life, you need to take the challenge, "dare to do the difficult". It will teach you a lot about who you are, why you are here and what you are meant to do.

This is a very quick read. You will be pulling for Diana on each leg of the journey. You will feel some real discomfort that she is feeling - you will feel her fears and in the end you will be happy for her, rejoicing that she made it back safe and a much better person than when she started.

A great read. Don't just read the book and think that you could never do that. Life is short. You only get one chance. Follow Seneca's advice and Diana's example "dare to do the difficult".

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