Ride Report: Elspeth Beard's Round-The-World Adventure
///[caption id="attachment_7155" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Elspeth's route from 1982-1984[/caption] Elspeth holds the distinction of being the first British woman to ride around the world on a motorcycle, but she's far from another spotlight-seeking record breaker. [caption id="attachment_7154" align="aligncenter" width="615"] Elspeth crossing Turkey. Not all smiles...[/caption] In fact, after her massive round-the-world adventure—completed sans cell phone or GPS, mind you—Elspeth returned home quietly, and put all her photos, journals and other evidence of her trip away in a box. And for the most part, that's where those memories stayed for the better part of three decades, as Elspeth pursued a successful career in England as an award-winning architect. [caption id="attachment_7153" align="aligncenter" width="615"] Elspeth Beard with her longtime companion, a 1976 r60/6, in front of a water tower in Godalming, England she converted to her residence. Photo: GetSurrey.co.uk[/caption] It wasn’t until a few years back that Elspeth’s story was discovered and given some much-deserving spotlight in motorcycle publications. She’s since written a book about her trip, which will be on hand to purchase and have signed at the event.