Alone, Illegal, and Broken Down
A solo motorcycle journey through northern China.
Carla King Bio
Carla King has traveled the world on a fleet of various and often unreliable indigenous motorcycles. She chronicles her adventures in her Motorcycle Misadventures series of realtime online dispatches and books. Her popular blog is subtitled “a motorcycle travel writers writings, readings, journeys, gear, and recommendations,” but includes experiences on hiking, bicycling, scuba diving, boating, road trips, with musings from abroad and the San Francisco Bay Area, which she calls home. Carla has written for Women Riders Now, Adventure Motorcycle Dual Sport News, Rider, Riders of Kawasaki Magazine, Escape, Santa Cruz Travel Guide, many newspaper travel sections, and she is widely anthologized on the web. Her writing has appeared in anthologies including Rough Guide’s Women Travel, In Search of Adventure, Travelers’ Tales (including Food, France, and Best Travel Writing of 2011), Rough Guides Women Travel, and Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel. She is the author of American Borders: Breakdowns in Small Towns All Around the USA, and the upcoming China Road Motorcycle Diaries, as well as thousands of pages of realtime travel reports to the web from journeys in the USA, Europe, Africa, China, and India. No matter where she is, you can always find her at CarlaKing.com.
Sonia Marsh Says
Talk about being a “Gutsy” woman who travels the world and doesn’t let fear of the unknown stop her. I look forward to your upcoming book, China Road Motorcycle Diaries, and where your next amazing adventure is scheduled to take place. I admire you and what you do to encourage women to travel and be “Gutsy.”
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Sonia Marsh says
Carla, Now this is what I call adventure. Alone on a motorcycle in northern China.
Wow! Karla, you are such an inspiration! When I think of the day to day challenges that cause me to make uncomfortable decisions, they pale compared to your adventures. Kudos to you, for being so gutsy, and for having such a great writing talent. I look forward to reading more of your stories!
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Lady Fi says
Oh, I definitely want to read her upcoming book! I lived in China for three years and this brought back so many memories! (Although I never got to sleep in a brothel…)
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Miss Footloose | Life in the Expat Lane says
Oh, I love this story! It has such a fabulous ending 😉 And it’s one that is so scary when it is happening but such an adventure in the telling afterward.
Good luck with your book!
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Doreen Cox says
I was with you, Carla, from the beginning of your Gutsy Story! Just cannot imagine riding a motorcycle-ALONE-in the byways of China. However, my spirit wants me to do just that! When is the book going to be available? I’m ready to read and experience your adventure vicariously! Will head to your website. Maybe in my next life….
Wow Carla…I love the Gutsy story here…The ending was so unique and I really like reading this…
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Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) says
Oh my goodness glory Miss Carla, the mountains almost took my breath away though your very well told story. Amazin’ read and all I have to say is….that’s Gutsy girl!
Thanks so much Miss Sonia for bringin’ these wonderful stories to us.
God bless and have yourself a magnificent day sweetie!!! :o)
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Hi Ms. Carla…I am sure a lot of readers are really interested with the story you have provided here for us…
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A gutsy story from a gutsy girl! Thanks for this wonderful blog post Carla. Such an inspiration to all women who lack of self-confidence and infirm.
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Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog..I really enjoy reading your story..
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This is a very inspiring post Carla! and i really enjoyed ready your story. Your such a gutsy girl to traveled alone on a motorcycle through northern China. Thanks for sharing this to us and i’m looking forward to read more from you.
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You inspired me of taking a risk in what I really want.. Thanks for sharing this with us! 🙂
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Thank you for this awesome gutsy story…This really made my day…
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wow. This is quite an adventure. I would have been terrified. The book, I’m sure will be invigorating and inspiring.
Thanks for sharing this.
A good writer always writes a meaningful book. that’s wonderful! what most people really lack is self confidence. This story would really help us gain our confidence. Just like me, even in the crowd of my schoolmates before, I just can’t stay long. I just don’t have this enough guts to show off. But your book really help a lot. Keep on writing. I’m looking forward for your next book. Blog MORE! 🙂
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I look at them more closely. Their black eyes flash. So much makeup! They giggle some more, then, suddenly shy, lower their eyes heavy with liner and false lashes.
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Kimberly Burnham says
Wonderful experiences and description of China. Thank you for sharing, Carla. I once spent the night on a restraurant floor turning into a hostel in China. – Kimberly Burnham, featured author in Pearls of Wisdom, 30 Inspirational ideas to Live Your Best Life Now.
thanks for sharing those story.You have an interesting post.
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Kirsten Miller says
I loved it Carla! I was right there with you … You’ve inspired me to remember and write! xokirsten
Diana Bletter says
This story — and the journey — is so inspiring. I love that line, “It is dark and cold, but I’d soon be safe and warm.” That shows the writer’s faith and patience. And the ending is a kick. Congratulations on winning the contest. Diana, author of the forthcoming, The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle, http://www.thebestchapter.com
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