Montreal woman realizes her dream of driving cross-country on a motorcycle
A feel good story about packing it up and letting it all go.
CBC News ·
Wendy McGean fulfilled her dream — of driving cross-country on a motorcycle — at 55 years old
“My head would just pivot and I’d think: ‘I really want to do that!” she told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak.
At the time, she thought it was an odd feeling for a married mother of two teenage daughters with a white collar job.
“It was a very traditional kind of life,” she said.
Before she knew it, McGean was leaving all that behind — her home, her job, even her marriage.
“Some people thought I’d absolutely lost my mind,” McGean said. “I just completely turned my life upside down.”
Just one kick at the can
McGean started to chase her dream of riding a motorcycle at 51 years old, signing herself up for circuit training. She realized that she didn’t feel comfortable on only two wheels and bumped up to a three-wheeled bike.
She said it was “love at first sight,” and suddenly McGean was buying a bike of her own.
“I think it’s the first thing in my life I found that I thought, ‘this is mine,'” she said. “It represents complete and utter freedom.”
Not long after McGean got a taste of that freedom, she suffered a major loss. Her father died.
“[It] made me realize that if there’s something that I want to do in my life, then I better get at it,” she said. “So I made the decision to leave my marriage.”
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