The description on her Facebook page writes “A 20 year old Capricorn, set on an epic journey on a Honda 125 motorcycle amongst the terrains of Pakistan with nothing but her free hearted soul.”
Zenith Ifran, a Pakistani living in Lahore, started her six-day journey from Lahore on June 14th and completed it on June 20th. On her return, she documented her journey in a personal photo blog on Facebook, “Zenith Irfan: 1 Girl 2 Wheels”.
Inspired by the dream of her deceased father who “wanted to travel the world on a bike”, Zenith traveled through Kashmir, riding different motorcycle models including Honda 125, Honda CD -70 and Suzuki GS-150.
On her Facebook page she wrote:
“He wanted to travel the world on a bike. He wanted to experience every emotion and tantalize every sense he was capable of. I was 10 months old when I lost him and at a very tender age I understood that “some things just don’t last forever”. My mother accepted it quickly and we all knew this was all we had; ‘each other’. With my brother still in her womb and with me cradled in her arms, she fought and raised us. I guess it’s the whole emotional roller coaster that ignited the inner biker girl. I was 12 when I first rode one. All I could remember saying was “How do you stop this? How do you stop this?” With the twist of the throttle, the shift of the gear, I went to places carrying my father’s legacy. If I fall, I have to get up by myself. Dust the dirt caused by my own failure and face the raging road again. There is no helping hand. You are the designer of your own catastrophe. We all try to find our escape routes. We all try to seclude in something or someone. For me, it was motorcycles.”
She also wrote about her fears before the trip on Facebook:
When I decided to go to Kashmir, I was scared. I couldn’t sleep all night, thinking what if I die? What if, I fall? What if I fail? These very “what ifs” challenged my hippie soul. I kept asking myself, “Zenith, Do you really want to do it?” And each time the answer was, yes. Do it. Look beyond your fear. Use this very fear as your weapon. For in the fear of unknown, lies a heaven worth discovering.
This is a big deal for Ifran because women female motorcycle riders in Pakistan are “disgrace(d) and shame(d)”. However, she told the Deccan Herald, her mother was her biggest supporter.
“With my motorcycle adventures, I aim to elevate and encourage them (women) to embrace their passions and goals, with open arms.”
Here’s a look at her journey.
The journey starts with a good supply in the bag, and a suitable prayer.
Be vulnerable to the world and it will show you beautiful things.
You’ll make new friends along the way, with people you never imagined you would be friends with.
As it is with attaining beautiful things, no pain, no gain.