I can’t pinpoint exactly when Lynda and I first connected. It might have been one of her book posts that first caught my eye, or the mouth-watering photo of a deep dish vegan apple pie on Instagram. YUM! More likely though it was the “vibe” I got that this was someone I would love to hang with in real life, and our brief interview only reinforced that. She is one cool chick. Real. Articulate. Down-to-earth.
When Lynda agreed to the interview and joined the ranks of “Biker Mommas” for the Slow Roll Vlog series I was beyond thrilled. I think you’re gonna love getting to know her. Meet Lynda Meyers…
"...as soon as I put that hunk of hot metal between my legs, I immediately fell in love with riding."
Shortly after the interview I had the honor of reading a beta copy of Lynda’s newest book: Steel Journeys: The Road to Patagonia. OMG. Have you ever read a book that you didn’t want to end? This is one of those books. I savored each page, wishing Abby Steel (the main character) was real, and not fictitious. You can grab your copy of the book on Kindle or paperback:
Since Lynda is a talented writer and blogger, instead of publishing the transcribed interview, I’m including Lynda’s written response to my pre-interview questions below.
When I was in my early twenties I made the mistake of getting on the back of a Ninja 650 with a guy I barely knew. He took me screaming through a deserted industrial area of the city and scared the living shit out of me. He said we got up to 110mph, but in all fairness, I had to take his word for it. I couldn’t actually see the speedometer while holding on for dear life.
It took a while for me to come around to the idea of riding again.
When my kids were young my then-husband and I went to the Harley dealer one weekend and thought seriously about buying matching vintage street bikes. By then I was an ICU nurse, and although the fantasy was tempting, I’d seen a little too much reality, and I just couldn’t do it. I realize it’s a very personal decision, but for me, at that time in my life, I couldn’t justify the risk orphaning our four young children, so I put it on the back burner for a while.
Fast-forward almost twenty years, when my two youngest sons were seventeen and nineteen. My husband had moved out and divorce was imminent. When I told my sons I was considering getting my motorcycle endorsement, I expected them to tell me I was crazy and try to convince me not to do it. Instead they both said “Cool! Let’s all do it together!”
We joked about being our own mini biker gang, with Momma Lynda at the front and my six-foot-two, bodyguard sons riding side-by-side behind me.
The three of us spent a gorgeous weekend in June getting our endorsements and as soon as I put that hunk of hot metal between my legs, I immediately fell in love with riding. Within a week of finishing the class I found a sweet little Honda Rebel 250 and bought it outright with some cash I had saved. We were off and riding!
So easy to handle, and so difficult to lay down, a Rebel really is the perfect starter bike. We all took turns practicing our new-found skills on back roads and in big, empty parking lots, and a three-way love affair was formed with that little red rocket.
Not all of my children were equally enthused.
One of my daughters (who is also a trauma nurse) was very against the idea of all of us riding, but to her credit, she also realized that the joy and the freedom I had found in riding was helping me to come alive again after the devastation of the divorce.
My oldest daughter was equally cautious, as she was looking to start a family some day, and really wanted her future children to get to know their crazy grandmother, but she supported my decision nonetheless. I think she was secretly hoping it was just a phase. It wasn’t ;)
In fact, I used to joke about not needing a relationship with anyone except my motorcycle. I ended up buying a t-shirt that said “Riding is my first love, so you can keep your last name.”
Being a writer, I started logging my adventures on my blog, and that’s actually how I got together with my current boyfriend. A former acquaintance from another state, our sons had been friends in high school. He’d read my novels and followed my writing online, so when I started writing about my solo motorcycle adventures, he contacted me and asked to get together for coffee so he could hear about them in person. Two years later, our Harleys live next to each other in the garage, and the rest, as they say, is history :)
I believe passionately in the power of story - yours, mine, and ours, so I try to live my life in such a way that each day contains an adventure. I travel all over the world, and I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. It fuels my passion for life and my love for humanity.
I was a staff writer for Modern Moto Magazine for about a year and a half, writing about my adventures at home and abroad, and I now have a multi-book fiction series in the works that highlights women who ride. Like a beach read, these small, easy reads can be tucked in your saddle bag and read at a rest stop or at the campground. I like to call it “Biker-Chick Lit”. The series description can be found below.
I’ve been a nurse for over thirty years now, and a couple of years ago I herniated three discs and blew out my right arm lifting a patient. It wrecked my body. For months I couldn’t even walk without pain and numbness in one leg. Between that and constant pain in my right elbow, I didn’t know if I would ever be able to ride again.
I had to stop working in the ICU and started working with patients who have heart and lung disease that need to learn how to stretch and move and exercise again. My own road back to riding took nearly a year and was very painful. I started to realize that there are specific physical challenges for women who ride a lot.
I’m also a certified yoga instructor, so on the non-fiction side, I’m combining my passions by writing a book called “Yoga For Biker Chicks” that will highlight specific stretching and strengthening exercises to support women who ride motorcycles. It’s something they’ll be able to access digitally from their phones or tablets, with photo examples of stretching routines both at home and on the road. It should be out later this year.
I’m finally a grandma, so you won’t find me buzzing any industrial areas at 100+ mph, and the trauma nurse in me demands full leathers and a top of the line, full-face helmet, but you can still find me out on an adventure whenever the weather is clear!
Some day, you just might find me teaching my grandkids to ride on a vintage red Honda Rebel, but in the meantime, you can find my books and other musings at www.createdtofly.com, or on Facebook @authorlyndameyers and on Instagram @Created2Fly.
Steel Journeys Book Series:
To some people home might be wherever you lay your helmet, but for Abby Steel, home was wherever she laid her ass. Today it’s a Harley. Tomorrow it might be a BMW or a Triumph or a Honda. Home was whatever bike fit the terrain. Home was wide open spaces tucked under an expansive sky.
Home was the road.
Join Abby on her hilariously irreverent and sometimes heartbreaking adventures with Steel Journeys - an all-female touring company where she calls all the shots, but anything can happen. Women come from all walks of life to join her tours, for all sorts of reasons. From huts to hotels, from down-home to down under, it’s never the same adventure twice.
Lynda is the award-winning author of three novels (available wherever books are sold). She has written both fiction and non-fiction, and published articles for newspapers and business journals and women’s motorcycling magazines on a wide variety of topics. She is a mother, a grandmother, a Registered Nurse, a Reiki Master, and a Certified Yoga Instructor who is passionate about leading others on a path toward healing and wholeness. You can follow her journey more closely at: www.createdtofly.com