Hello, I’m Charlotte.
I live in London with my partner and my three year old daughter. I love a bit of an adventure, but I don’t have much time to spare at the moment.
This summer, I’m planning to fly to the USA, buy a bike and ride across country, from California to Louisiana, following the route that Wyatt and Billy took in the film Easy Rider, visiting some of the film locations and (maybe) getting to see the final resting place of one of my favourite authors, D.H. Lawrence.
Rather than doing what a lot of people do and hiring a modern bike, I’m planning on buying a much older machine – probably something Japanese, made back in the seventies. Even more worryingly, I’ve been scouring Craigslist for a bike that’s been heavily customized because I’ve always wanted a hardtail chopper and this seemed like a good excuse.
I don’t know how long it’ll take, probably two or three weeks. Like any other self-respecting GenXer, I’m going to be updating social media regularly so my friends, family and random strangers can follow my plans and adventures. Read my blog and follow me on Instagram and Twitter. I’m also going to be shooting a film of the adventure and maybe sharing some clips as I go.
There’s no guarantee that either the bike or I will make it all the way to New Orleans, but if we do, I’m going to break out some of that cash and get me a groovy dinner…*
*There are likely to be a lot of film quotes on this blog and that’s just something you’re going to have to live with.