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Blind Curves: One Woman's Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer: "What Now?"

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After 18 months of following one-size-fits-all advice for a 57-year-old widow, Linda Crill was still miserable. In a moment of rebellion, she traded her corporate suits for motorcycle leathers and committed herself to a 2,500-mile road trip down Americas Pacific Northwest coast riding a motorcycle. The problem, she didnt know how to ride and had only 30 days to learn.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Opus International
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Karin Grice
Apr 27, 2014 Karin Grice rated it liked it
Title is the perfect metaphor for what one might experience while looking to create a new life after the death of a spouse. Linda Crill at 57 took up motorcycling. Too ambitious a challenge for me but inspiring nevertheless. Her trip down the Pacific Coast and then inland to eastern Washington described just how difficult riding a motorcycle can be. Linda found new strengths and great enjoyment. Good for her!

Just one note to the editor: It's Gray's Harbor, not Gray Harbor.
Hattie
May 04, 2013 Hattie rated it it was amazing
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After Linda Crill's husband dies, she knows it is necessary to change her life. She decides to learn how to drive a motorcycle. She has never ridden one. She joins a group with one other lady and two guys. They leave from Vancouver, Canada with the intention of riding 2500 miles. This is their final goal before returning to their homes. The book is written in a wonderful style. It is nonfiction. However, it seems like a novel. I hated to stop reading it to go out or to do a chore. It i
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Andrea Ika
Jul 04, 2013 Andrea Ika rated it liked it
Blind Curves

Linda Crill




Author: Linda Crill

Publisher: Opus International

Language: English

ISBN: 098589850X

Copyright: 1st Ed. edition (March 1, 2013)




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After 18 months of following one-size-fits-all advice for a 57-year-old widow, Linda Crill was still miserable. In a moment of rebellion, she traded her corporate suits for motorcycle leathers and committed herself to a 2,500-mile road trip down America's Pacific Northwest coast riding a motorcycle. The problem she didn't know how to ride a
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Wall-to-wall books - wendy
This is a very encouraging book. It makes you think if a 57 year old woman can learn to ride a motorcycle and ride cross country, what can I do? It proves that age really has no limits and neither does gender as far as that goes. I loved that she was older and I loved that she was a woman! I say - Good for her!
This book was a little slow in spots that why I gave it 3 stars. I also expected a little more descriptions about the places they went. There were a few but mostly it was all about the bi
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Nancy
Jul 06, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
Life threw corporate executive Linda Crill a blind curve when her beloved husband died of cancer. Eighteen months later 57-year-old Crill realizes she needs to make dramatic changes in order to cope with her unabated grief. She accepts an invitation from an old college friend to join a group trip from Vancouver, Canada to San Francisco - on motorcycles. The challenge - Crill isn’t an experienced rider and has only 30 days to learn.

Crill arrives at a Harley dealership to attend a three-day rider
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Nancy
Jun 24, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing
0nce you’re a widow, folks treat you “different.” Oh, they do mean well; but after awhile it gets old. Which is when Linda Crill decided to make some changes. She had been widowed unexpectedly but that was over eighteen months ago and Linda was only 57! Things had to change.
And they did. She drove to the local Harley dealer and went shopping. She didn’t buy that day but did sign up for the Motorcycle Safety Course they were offering. Three days later she took her final road test – and failed. N
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Vicki
Sep 11, 2013 Vicki rated it really liked it
A 57 yr. old woman learns to ride and conquer a huge, heavy motorcycle and then immediatly go on a 10 day trip? Very inspiring and thought provoking!! Makes me want to get out there and try new things.

I enjoyed reading about the road trip Linda took, and even her thoughts on her late husband and how she was coping. She shared her doubts about herself, and shows how to overcome your fears and how to have a “I can do this” attitude.

This would be a good book for someone who has lost someone and fee
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
May 07, 2013 My Book Addiction and More MBA rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
BLIND CURVES by Linda Crill is an interesting and poignant Widows/Biography/Memoir. A great story of what now? Linda Crill had it all, she was 57 years old, a Fortune 100 executive,successful,mother,and wife. Until her husband died after a battle with cancer,and left her a widow and a bit lost. What now she asked herself? You pick up the pieces of your shattered heart,rework your life,face your fears,and move forward. So Linda learns to ride a, yes,a motercycle and takes off on a road trip down ...more
Jaylia3
May 07, 2013 Jaylia3 rated it really liked it
Since I’m a woman well over 40, Linda Crill’s Blind Curves was impossible for me to resist. After her husband dies Crill tries to recover by doing all the right things--getting plenty of rest, eating nourishing food, etc--but when she’s still miserable she decides to try something “wrong” instead. Motorcycle riding. As an avid bicyclist she never thought she’d go to the other side, but when the opportunity comes to take a 10-day motorcycle trip through redwood forests on the Pacific coast she’s ...more
Kelly Harman
Jul 08, 2013 Kelly Harman rated it it was amazing
Linda Crill's book was a joy to read. She takes us through the raw experience of grieving for her husband, then shares just as deeply, her experience of reinventing a new life for herself. One of my favorite quotes from the book was,

"It's impossible to look at someone on a motorcycle and know what they do for a living. A man riding an old heritage-style motorcycle, wearing a well-worn jacket covered with skulls and crossbones over a muscle shirt that has seen better days, is as likely to be a c
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McGuffy Morris
Jun 26, 2013 McGuffy Morris rated it it was amazing
Linda Crill is a widow, following the advice put out to her as to how to go on, what to do next. Unhappy, she decides to completely change directions with her life. She puts aside a high paced career, for life on a motorcycle. She commits to a 2500 mile journey, having only 30 days to plan it. She then takes classes to learn how to tame the 800+ pound machine.

Unsure of what she is doing, she chooses to go for it, and makes the journey. From Canada through California, Linda takes every blind curv
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Terri
Feb 10, 2014 Terri rated it liked it
Linda is suddenly single after her husband's battle with cancer and after more than a year of still being depressed and lonely she decides to learn to ride a motorcycle. Timid and nervous she flunks the test over and over until finally by a shear miracle, she passes.

Good thing, because she is set to go on a ten day ride with three other people. She buys her leathers and helmet- no mocking at death skeletons on the helmet- and meets up with the group.

This book is her ten day journey. It is the st
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Laura Power
Jun 02, 2013 Laura Power rated it really liked it
This book was provided as an advanced reader copy.
I felt an affinity for Linda Crill"s Blind Curve. Her journey to find a new perspective on life after losing her husband and business partner to cancer is something to be admired. She embraces a different world by learning to ride a motorcycle and cutting her teeth by taking a west coast adventure. In the course of driving thousands of miles with her friends she learns that challenges happen but they are also opportunities to experience life in n
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Michaela
Mar 14, 2015 Michaela rated it liked it
I gave it three stars for her bravery as opposed to the writing. After inhabiting the business world for almost 30 years, business motivational speakers leave me cold. Unfortunately, whether in promotion of her businesses interests or because that is her background, as a beginning writer that was how her story was framed. Ignoring that, it is a motivational story of moving beyond grief and a reminder that being alive is different than living. The best parts of her external (as opposed to ...more
Philip Baridon
Jul 09, 2013 Philip Baridon rated it really liked it
At first this seems like a book for women. But it is much more. Crill displays a remarkable clarity about the passage through life's tough times. It ranged from colorful, to funny, to profound. Like any Zen master who emphasizes the journey over the destination, Crill has her own take on it: "You don't sing to get to the end of a song, and "You don't dance to get to the end of the piece." I recommend this for men as well.
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Review: BLIND CURVES by Linda Crill

I was amazed at how meaningful I found this memoir. It's not "flibbertygibbety" "chick-lit," and the author is not some vain ego-pusher. Instead, she is forthright about her values and flaws, and although she faces fears and is not completely unafraid, the point is, she acknowledges, then learns how to cope with, those fears. Additionally, she leaves her reader with wise philosophy and the sense of time well-spent with this narrative.
Stephanie Baker
Jan 21, 2015 Stephanie Baker rated it liked it
This book starts off well with how Linda gets into motorcycling in the first place. However the story loses its way while she is taking her motorcycle trip and never regains its momentum.
Therese Rose
Sep 12, 2015 Therese Rose rated it liked it
Well written memoir. I had received the copy as a gift, and immediately after reading the last page, passed it on to a friend.
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Linda Crill is a sought-after Washington DC area executive, consultant and international speaker who has worked with Citigroup, Cadbury-Mott’s, Goldman Sachs and Marriott International, Inc., as well as many other Fortune 100 companies, universities, non-profits, and government departments and agencies.
Today, Crill, a mother of three, lectures and writes on how to manage change and reinvent yours
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