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ON HOLIDAY

 

ON HOLIDAY

Two young men on holiday in Tenerife were seduced by the sight of Harley-Davidsons gleaming in the sun, 'For Hire'.

Their girlfriends wanted the beach, but the temptation was impossible to resist. 'See you later!' and off they went.

A rough empty mountain road on bikes too powerful for them, no barriers, they took a bend too fast and dropped off the edge through bushes that closed behind them.

It took three days to find them. Three days injured in the searing heat with no water. They had no chance.

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I love the sound of a Harley and always turn to look with a smile on my face. I once saw a miniature model in a shop window that a child of eight to ten could ride and imagined my grandchildren's faces if I bought it. (Not at that price!) So I understand the seduction, BUT the above story is true.

My week has been busy with various medical appointments, but what took my mind of those is that my latest novel is available on Amazon.

CAROUSEL, set in southern England in the 50s and 60s, continues Albie Smith's story started in Helter-Skelter. Albie is the father of six children when tragedy hits his family and he has to leave behind the wandering life of a gypsy. Consumed by the dramas of a single parent, Albie is entering old age before he can think of love again.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/CAROUSEL-sequel-Helter-Skelter-ALBIE-FAMILY/dp/B09C335ZDR/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=carousel+by+elizabeth+young&qid=1628695646&s=books&sr=1-2

20 comments:

  1. That's a little grim, but I guess there's a moral there

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    1. It happened on one of our regular routes, so passing that spot always felt grim.

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  2. Poor guys, pity they weren't more careful! good story, Lizy!

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    1. Unfortunately the bikes were too much for them to handle.

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  3. Unfortunately that too often happens with such unrealistically brave characters with much more spunk than prudence

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    1. It does - also to people who overestimate their abilities.

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  4. Such a grim ending to what should have been a terrific holiday experience. It happens though. I had a similar narrow escape on a moped in Greece but fortunately I landed in a ditch just inches from a drop. A salutary tale.

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  5. What could have been an exciting experience became a woeful one.

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  6. So sad and yet so true to life. We don't always see when we reach for something beyond us.

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    1. Also being in holiday mode blunts the common sense!

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  7. Ouch, pretty brutal :-o Poor lads.

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  8. Dear Liz,

    What a tragic tale. I'm sorry that it's a true one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. A real tragedy. There were stories each year about some tourist disaster, often caused by people taking risks.

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  9. Such a tragical tale. I do understand the temptation though. I'm not a bike or race fan by any means, but Harleys are different...

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    1. Harleys are special, no doubt about that!

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  10. Ouch, what a terrible end. And their partners must have been so worried when they didn't return.
    A special but certainly dangerous bike!

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    1. Their poor girlfriends had to wait three days in a foreign country not knowing what had happened..

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