Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lessons from the Open Road

A couple of years ago, the idea of writing a devotional about the lessons I learned while riding a motorcycle came to me. I jotted down notes for weeks, hoping to come up with enough lessons to take the reader through a month. Lessons from the Open Road ended with 33 lessons, each followed by Scripture and prayer.

Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes learning new things is hard. Just when I thought I'd mastered the parking lot where I was learning to ride my little Yamaha Virago starter bike, I pulled out, forgot to hit the brake, did an Evel Knievel, and jumped a short concrete wall, landing in some trees. My poor little bike limped home with a hole in the crankcase the size of a quarter. J-B Weld to the rescue!

I'm stubborn, too stubborn to quit. After I recovered from the sore neck that resulted from my stunt, I climbed back on the old iron horse. Eventually, I graduated from the parking lot and hit the streets. When I'd learned to ride well enough to satisfy hubby, he bought himself a new Harley and I inherited his anniversary edition Harley Davidson Sportster. And, when I graduated with my masters degree, you'd never guess what I wanted. Yep, a new bike. I became the proud owner of a Screamin Eagle V-Rod (picture attached.)

All good things must eventually come to an end. I enjoyed my days on the road, but found another passion. Writing. I work a full-time job and since there's only so much time in the day, I have to choose what's most important to me. The bike had to go. Occasionally, I miss it, but for the most part, I'd rather be writing. I'm hoping the devotions in Lessons from the Open Road will minister to your heart as much as writing them did to mine.

Lessons from the Open Road is currently available in ebook format and will be coming soon in print. I had planned to list it at no cost, but Amazon wouldn't allow me to do so. I've listed it at the lowest price Amazon allows, 99 cents, and all proceeds will be donated to my church's building fun for the new church that's currently under construction.


  1. We have ridden our motorcycle since 1997 and have learned many things. How great it is to think to write some of those lessons down in the form of devotionals! I'm looking forward to reading them and will sure share them with my hubby.
    purensimplenatural at gmail dot com

  2. i thought i might hit the open road sometime, but life got in the way. i would love to win Lesson from the Open Road. Thank you for the opportunity

    mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

  3. Thanks for the comments. I enjoyed riding, but my hubby doesn't know how to ride an hour and return home. He was always determined to make a day of it, which put me behind schedule on everything else. That's the main reason I gave it up...just not enough time in the day!

  4. I have friends that have been all over the United States on their motorcycles and really enjot this mode of transportation. They also do Civil War renactments! Both are teachers, so I am sure their classrooms hear all about their travels. Since I know I won't be doing this, I would love to read the book, Lessons From the Open Road!

  5. We haven't been to California, Nevada, Arizona, or the uppermost Eastern states yet on our motorcycle. Looking forward riding through them too. :)
    Your book IS an e-book, isn't it? Since I already purchased mine, if it is, you don't need to enter my name. We are reading some each day, my husband and I, and are enjoying each devotion!
    purensimplenatural at gmail dot com

  6. Thanks for your comments, Rebecca! I enjoyed riding, but don't think I'd like taking long trips.

  7. Hey, Pamela J.! Thanks for purchasing Lessons from the Open Road. I'm glad you're enoying it. I had a lot of fun writing it. It really ministered to my heart.

  8. What an interesting concept and a book I
    would enjoy reading...
    Many thanks, Cindi

  9. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net