Norman Reedus, the 'Walking Dead' star whose AMC docu-series Ride with Norman Reedus debuted this week, is on the cover of the July/August issue of Men's Journal. Here, he recalls a spur-of-the-moment 300-mile road trip he took in the summer of 2015.
I was at home in Georgia, and I was going to present an award at the CMT Awards in Nashville. I was supposed to fly. But about an hour before my car was to pick me up, I was sitting there, watering my plants and looking at my motorcycle, and I was like, 'Fuck it.' I grabbed my suit and threw it in a backpack, took my iPhone and duct-taped it to the gas tank, and just hit the road. I sent them a text: "I'm riding my bike."
It was so hot outside that the screen on my phone turned black. I wrote all the directions on my arm with a Sharpie, but I kept going through rainstorms and they'd smear off. It took me two whole fucking days because I kept hitting thunderstorms. I was listening to this Pretenders greatest hits album, and I'd stop under a tree and smoke a cigarette and listen to the album some more. I'd see a patch of sunlight and wait until it was right over me, then I'd ride under the sunlight until it started to rain again. Then I'd get under another tree and wait. It was fun, that spontaneity of 'Let's go!'
I'd done other rides in California and stuff, but that was the first that was unplanned, which made it really special.