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THE AMAZING ADVENTURES
A new children's adaptation of Sydney to London
The Amazing Adventures of Dorothy is a book that's been in the works for the last 9 years, ever since the journey from Sydney to London when I had the idea to write a children's adaptation. The book is approximately 50,000 words in length and aimed at the 8-12 year old reader, or the eternally youthful. Illustrations throughout have been done with friend and Garbage Runner Chris Lloyd.
It tells the story of an Australian postal bike named Dorothy who is one day tasked with taking a parcel to the other side of the world. She meets strange creatures, overcomes adversity and is swept along by the kindness of strangers.
The hope is to inspire younger readers to go on to embark on their own adventures.
THE OTHER BOOKS
THE LONG RIDE HOME - Sydney to London £10
The Long Ride Home (also known as Going Postal in Australia) tells the story of my impromtu journey across the world on a retired Australian postal delivery bike named Dorothy.
It was a journey of 18 countries, 23,000 miles and 9 months on the road after just three days of planning. The book begins in Sydney before heading off on a journey to England taking a meandering route through countries such as Pakistan, Thailand, Nepal, Russia, China and Indonesia.
Upon launch it was awarded Overland Magazine Book of the Year and enjoys strong reviews on Amazon, where it also avaiable on Kindle.
The book contains 40 pages of colour photographs from the trip.
RUNNING TOWARDS THE LIGHT - New York to Alaska £10
Running Towards the Light is the follow up to hte Long Ride Home, picking up a few years after that first trip with another impromtu adventure, this time across the United States of America.
Once again travelling by 105cc Australian postal bike, the book is an honest account of the highs and lows of the road and hopefully helps explain how these big trips might come about.
The journey across America starts in New York, before continuing across the Rust Belt of Detroit and Chicago, before taking in Route 66 and after that the endless natural beauty of Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Arizona, before finally reaching the coast in Alaska.
The book also contains 24 pages of colour images as well as a brief guide as to how you can go about your own American adventure!
DOROTHY'S SPEED SHOP
Dorothy's Speed Shop was a new development for 2020, with the opening of this adventure centre in North Devon a response to the travel restrictions imposed by Covid. The Speed Shop is home to the fleet of Australian postal bikes that were shipped to England following a tour across the Australian Outbac in 2019k, and now complemented by the range of A2 compliant adventure bikes that are available to ride back to back on guided tours of stunning North Devon area.
The intention for 2021 is to expand the fleet and offer a full calendar of riding experiences and events, including guest speakers and training weekend. The Speed Shop is perfectly located just a few miles back from the beach, with fantastic roads on its doorstep and an excellent range of accommodation offerings. If you want to bring a group down for a bespoke motorcycle experience then please get in touch.
GARBAGE RUN ADVENTURE TOURS
The Garbage Run was am accidental change in direction, stemming from a ride from Land's End to John o'Groats back in Spring of 2017. Thirty rides on all manner of machinery made the trip over 8 days, riding only back roads and scenic routes, camping the whole way. It was just for the sake of doing it. Since then I have organised almost ten more Land's end to John o'Groats run and expanded the Garbage Run concept to trips around Ireland, across Australia and America. Shorter trips also focus on Cornwall and Wales, with Scotland trips also a mainstay of the Garbage Run calendar. Trips to Japan and Iceland are in the pipeline (once Covid retreats) with almost 300 riders having now taken part in a Garbage Run event. Check out www.thegarbagerun.com for details of upcoming events.
This video is a quick summary of past travels on the postie bike from Sydney to Alaska, plus a more recent trip across America. A bit of bad language mid way through.