Rachel Leplyse She has become the first woman to cross the 48 contiguous US states in 48 days and on a motorcycle. This Londoner, neither quick nor lazy, has covered a distance of more than 33,800 km in her Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.
During her journey, as she herself tells in an interview with our colleagues, she met a thousand extraordinary characters along the way and it was an unforgettable adventure. Of course, our protagonist braved a wide range of weather conditions, from frigid winds, to storms, to scorching sunny days.
Despite the monumental 33,800 km journey that lay ahead, Rachel He chose an unconventional vehicle for this purpose and, above all, that continent (although the Interceptor has roots in those parts). Since we bikers are not stubborn and we don’t have clear ideas, the British opted for a beautiful Royal Enfield nicknamed Stella, of course. By the way, motorcycle kindly provided by the Indo-British brand as support.
How did the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 fare?
Throughout his epic journey, Rachel He used five sets of tires and 25 liters of engine oil, but surprisingly, he did not experience any mechanical breakdown, except for a rear light bulb that burned out, as it could not be otherwise, at the worst possible moment. That is, while he was traversing a lonely Utah mountain road at night in the middle of a thunderstorm. The normal.
To solve this dilemma, Rachel He had to travel the last 45 minutes to civilization with the brakes on, otherwise he was completely invisible in the dark. Like all great adventures, this trip was full of ups and downs. Rachel witnessed a tragic accident in Arizona. «I decided that every day would be a good day and I lived it that way. Despite my problems with anxiety and depression, I continued and every day was a euphoric experience.“he declared Rachel.
The moments that transformed his life and the encounters with eccentric characters became a routine for him. Rachelwho recalled having even interacted with the Angels from Hell in some bars. However, the Englishwoman also highlighted how lucky she was to meet certain people that she will never forget.
To the question why? Rachel it was clear. Her motivation for embarking on this odyssey was her desire to improve herself, as well as her desire to inspire other women to get on two-wheeled machines. «I always wanted to get involved in the motorcycle world. Like many women, I had been following in my partner’s footsteps, but I needed to do it for myself. I took the reins and since then I fell in love. I hope this trip motivates girls to venture out and ride their own motorcycles«. Honestly, what more can you say.
Now, after completing his adventure, Rachel He’s adjusting to a new life in Montana, where he plans to hone his off-road skills for future trips across Australia. That’s where it is.
By the way, the last thing. If you have ever considered carrying out the «trip of your life«, Rachel He has clear and simple advice: «Do it! Sometimes, you need to abandon your routine to experience the most incredible things you can imagine.«.