A late-in-life coming-of-age escapade told with humor and heart, Don't Think Twice is a moving and irreverent account of grief, growing up, and the healing power of adventure.
Within six months Barbara Schoichet lost everything: her job, her girlfriend of six years, and her mother to pancreatic cancer. Her life stripped bare, and armed with nothing but a death wish and a ton of attitude, Barbara pursues an unlikely method of coping. At the age of 50, she earns her motorcycle license, buys a Harley on eBay from two guys named Dave, and drives it alone from New York to Los Angeles on a circuitous trek loosely guided by her H.O.G. tour book and a whole lot of road whimsy.
On the open highway - where she daily takes her speed to 100 - Barbara battles physical limitations and inner demons on a journey that flows through the majestic Appalachian Mountains, the enchanting Turquoise Trail, and all along America's iconic Route 66. She is awed by the battlefields in Gettysburg, stunned by the decadence of Graceland, and amused by a Cadillac graveyard in the middle of nowhere. She meets kind strangers, odd strangers, and a guy who pulls a gun on her for cutting him off. She is vulnerable but sassy, broken but determined to heal...or die trying.
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The Courage to Heal
I learned a lot of the Harleyisms that my friend talks about.
Probably not. Someone else should read for her.
I chuckled over the comparison on walking down the aisle at church or the aisle in the Harley store.
And my heart swelled over Barbara's courage to admit her part in the relatioship with her Mom. I felt like healing started right then.
The 'cry' on the beach. Signified the end of the hardest part of the journey. It was so raw, yet so positive. It really spoke to me-the ability to let down the walls enough to really feel the feels. I knew it was in there. I could hear it in Barbara's voice when she talked about her sisters....how they love one another.