Riding a Motorcycle Through the Big Wide World

Riding across the Mojave from Twentynine Palms on my way to Amboy, California was something of a spiritual experience. Seeing an ocean of sand spill out before me with dappled light spread across the expanse… it is a moment I will never forget. I had many such moments in different desert landscapes around California.

If you asked 21-year-old me what type of riding I would like to do forever and ever and ever – the answer surely would’ve have been twisty mountain roads as fast as I possibly could.

Here I am now in my 40’s smiling back at that narrowminded girl. Such a simple and predictable answer. An answer from a version of me that did not understand the beauty of serenity and solitude. That is what these wide open spaces provide.

On the surface, you might look at the photos and think “boring ride!” But I assure you, nothing could have been further from the truth.

Being in a tremendous expanse gives the mind room to roam unfettered and free.

This post is part of a month-long writing prompt challenge: Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 hosted by Kathy at ToadMama.com.

Prompt: Open concept or rooms with walls


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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7 Responses

  1. darrin says:


  2. bob says:

    I agree; there is something about the desert and wide open spaces that seem to expand your mind.

  3. curvyroads says:

    Definitely open concept! Those roads look fabulous to me. 🙂

  4. Mike says:

    I took a similar ride this past Sunday. Thousands of acres of ranch land, lots of cattle, one church and deserted roads. Spiritual indeed!

  5. Jason says:

    An empty road at the crack of dawn whispers, “just go.” Great pictures!

  6. highwaylass says:

    We don’t have desert in the UK but the roads under the wide open skies of the far north of Scotland are the ones I head to for rolling meditation.

    Desert is amazing, though – I rode a tiny part of Australia’s bush and would have loved to just carry on going.

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