This first in the Just Us Two travel series(first edition published in 2009) was a Winner in 2010 International Book Awards (Travel: Recreational) and Finalist in the USA Book News 2009 Best Book Awards in the same category. This second edition has a new jacket, format, and extra full colour photographs.
He wanted a little bike to tinker with . . .
She had well-groomed hair and wore high heels!
Not just for bikers but for travellers and dreamers alike.
Award-winning Just Us Two-Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery is an exhilarating romp through ten happy Gold Wing years of discovery and adventure and fun as a quiet middle-aged couple, who had never crossed the water to tour before, journey into the unknown into far flung corners of Western Europe with only each other to rely on. It is also a tale of courage and triumph over adversity as, following illness when it appeared that the freedom of biking days was over, they made mental and practical adaptations in order to continue what they could while they could and then they would not say 'if only ...’
The adventures start when Ned wanted something to tinker with after a number of years bike-less. Rosie pleaded: "If we buy a scooter will you travel? Will you brave the ferry? Will you? Can we? ... and bought a Honda 1100cc.
They planned to visit Ireland to find Rosie's roots on what was a profound emotional tale of discovery. However, fate took a hand and Rosie discovered a Honda Gold Wing sitting in a showroom waiting for them. Ned thought he had died and gone to heaven and they sailed off to Ireland two weeks later on what was to become known as Ned's 'baby.
Rosie pokes fun at herself as they go coast to coast in France and Spain;
-cross the French and Swiss Alps; follow the Champagne Route;
-ride through the sun scorched earth of the Sierras and torrential thunderstorms in the Andorran mountains, praying for safety as they ride into the unknown,
-ride in the intense heat into the Dolomites. Follow the spills and thrills as they Wing it their way, on their own-Just Us Two. And why can’t Rosie afford any more shoes?
You must read this story to appreciate the diversity and colour of the travels of Ned and Rosie.
The sequel and the real ending to Rosie’s Gold Wing Story is Chasing Rainbows with Just Us Two, published in May 2011.
The Door is Opened and a Passion is Kindled
Journey into Wingworld
Spreading our Wings
On a Wing and a Prayer
Closer to Home
More Diverse Travels of a Way Worn Winger
Business as Usual
A good read, it sometimes felt that you were actually there with them. A 'light' book and very easy to read. Inspiration for us all to motorcycle touring overseas. Editor motorbike-search-engine.15th May 2009.
"This new book by Rosalie Marsh is a heartwarming tale of two Born-Again Bikers and their adventures on their Gold Wing bike and then trike. It is a great read that will make you smile and nod your head in appreciation and might even inspire you to get out there and do a bit of travelling yourself!" Editor Trike Magazine Issue 04 09
What Readers Say:
‘Not just for bikers!’
‘Rosalie's passion for travel, adventure, and living life to the full comes across so beautifully in her narrative – a true inspiration to me and I believe to anyone who aspires to live life without "if onlys”. . .’
Chrisoula Sirigou, ExploramaEU via LinkedIn
Rosalie's description of the countryside made be feel I on was on the motorbike, wind blowing through my hair and sun on my face. A book I will read again, and maybe again. Jean Mead, Author. Amazon.
"...not only a gifted author who can bring her travel books alive, enticing the reader to visit the places she writes about. She has a wonderful sense of the ridiculous.. . "