By Allen Noren
All started as a grand experience, typhoon tells the tale of a visit that fast turned a tumultuous attempt of persistence. whilst the Baltic States of the previous Soviet Union unfolded, Allen and his female friend Suzanne have been attracted to the possibility of touring jointly once more. taking off on a motorbike, the 2 pro tourists rode via Germany, Denmark, and Sweden to the Arctic Circle, then directly to Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. notwithstanding they’d been jointly for seven years, and concept they knew what to anticipate from a longer highway journey, they couldn’t foresee the unrelenting ordinary parts, shifts in once-shared goals, or fissures of their dating that lay forward. usually darkly funny, hurricane finds a couple’s love and the fragility of human connections because it recounts the adventure that grew to become a try out of either riders’ actual and emotional patience.
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He said it was in the company’s warehouse a few kilometers away and that he’d drive us there when we were finished with the paperwork. After looking at our passports, he smiled with a twitch and said he’d been to California twice. “To El-Ay,” he said, and pronounced the name as though he knew something intimate about the place. Eddie had thin, pale fingers with inflamed tips. A layer of skin was peeled from around the nail of each, leaving a seared shade of red. As he consulted each document he absently picked at the skin and peeled it off.
Within minutes they had consumed the sky. I pulled off at the next rest area so we could put on our rain suits. Somehow I knew the weather would be better in Denmark. Looking north we saw an expanse of blue sky, and I convinced Suzanne our beach lay beneath it. The storm was probably a local one, something we could out-run or out-maneuver if we just kept moving north. Back on the autobahn the wind seemed to taunt us. Each invisible gust blew across the roadway as if meant only for us. The rest of the traffic was four-wheeled and stable.
I waited. They were probably walking across the bridge. I walked partway across looking for them but then I had to leave. I thought about the motorcycle all the way home. ” There were good reasons why a motorcycle would be preposterous: our lack of experience, the possibility of getting hit, theft, fuel shortages and bad roads, especially in Russia and the Baltic States. But the more I thought about it, the tighter the idea held me. We could learn to ride. Poor roads would slow us down. Finding fuel would be an adventure.