Carla King's Writings
The China Road Motorcycle Diaries
It is my first day alone on the road and I am lost. The mountains of northern China beyond Beijing are vast and enormous. There are no road signs, only larger roads and smaller roads, paved roads and dirt roads. When I stop to ask directions the peasants simply stare because I am the first foreigner they have ever seen, and a woman. Putting myself in their place...
Here is the story of my trip across China, perhaps foolishly taken alone, illegally, and on a Chinese motorcycle. I was the first free tourist to take this journey, with her own wheels and free to wander at whim -- that is, as long as I was successful at dodging the police. My route took me from Beijing...
Carla King is the author of the popular Motorcycle Misadventures dispatches American Borders, China Road, Indian Sunset, Around the Adriatic, From the Alps to the Atlas. Her writing has been published in Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel, a variety...
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