upon her return, she fell into a bit of a depression feeling like an outsider alone with all she had seen. she went to work as an architect, which she'd trained for before she left. she bought a water tower in surrey in the UK and transformed it into a home for she and her son, whom she raised alone. as an architect she is known for creating the unusual and has won awards. several years ago i guess she was approached by someone in hollywood about turning her story into a movie. after consideration, she decided it would be best to write her story first. voila, Lone Rider (with amazing pictures).
i first saw her a week ago on a show i watch with my husband - kind of a lad's biking show with norman reedus. he and his pal were on their way to visit her at her home. just as i was wondering who this woman was i got bowled over by the tower. it is - stunning. the inside amazing. a series of smallish rooms connected by a spiral staircase. elspeth was so cool and interesting i sought out her book the next day.
one thing that surprised me right away about the book was what drove her to take the trip in the first place. a break up with a boy. i can relate to that. there are 2 important relationships that take place during and after the trip as well. more than anything though, it's just mind blowing to read how she managed when things went poorly and the degree to which things went poorly (india in particular).
i believe she is 60 now. still riding. working, doing some press for the book. it was pretty inspirational.