Release Date: April 19, 2022

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Release Party April 18th, 2022 at ArtsRiot!

Join us as ArtsRiot is converted into a Motorcycle Clubhouse for the night. Everyone is invited to enjoy an adventure book reading followed by audience members sharing their own stories in a Moth-style story hour on the theme “Adventure as I See It.”

Adventurers and wannabes of all stripes are invited for an evening of storytelling, bar games, and dancing. Bring your story to share!

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page…thanks.  

Spirit Traffic recounts how, at the age of 50, the author learned to ride a motorcycle, overcame the terror of navigating her steep dirt driveway in Vermont, and, three days after her son’s college graduation, set off with him and her yoga-teacher husband (his stepdad) on a 10,000-mile two-wheel adventure that took them all into uncharted territory-both as novice riders, and as a family. As if in the saddle of her dual-sport BMW, the reader will experience the good, the bad, and the heartbreak of her journey as a soon-to-be-empty-nester grappling with impermanence, sexuality, hot flashes, high winds, and tailgating tour buses.

Spirit Traffic is at once a colorful travelogue of a bucket-list bikers’ route across America and an unflinching memoir of a middle-aged mom conquering her fears (on and off the bike), unpacking a complicated childhood with an addict father and stoic mother, and ultimately, learning to let go of her only child. (Think Blue Highways meets Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Operating Instructions meets Wild.)

With its first-person accounts of legendary rides such as the Burr Trail, Hell’s Backbone Road, and the Pacific Coast Highway, Spirit Traffic will find a ready audience among bikers. But as a midlife memoir, Spirit Traffic will also resonate for anyone who is navigating the departure of a child, negotiating the dynamic tensions of family, or simply yearning for life’s next adventure.


Taylor has written a page-galloping tale of a family’s motorcycle trek across America. Beneath her family’s turbulent love song to her son, lies her own oscillating terrors and triumphs, as she becomes one with the powerful machine between her thighs… and her sense of joy and loss, offering her only son to the world.  I was riveted to her pages. 

-Bill Schubart, author of Lila & Theron and I Am Baybie


Well, I was going to take my time with it, but it turned out to be a f***ing page turner and I gobbled it down in two days. You should be very happy. What a lovely thing you have made… This is me smiling a great big smile.

– Seth Steinzor, Poet, Author of To Join the Lost and Among the Lost


Reading Spirit Traffic was the most traveling I got to do in 2020…Your work took me so many places I’ve never been…your words made me hungry to hit the open road. I read Spirit Traffic all the way through twice, and the repeat was as enjoyable and engaging as the first. You have something really special here, and it deserves to be shared with a wider audience.

– Ethan Dezotelle, Author, Vermonter, Amateur Human