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Morning all,

It’s Monday, the 13th March, I think. It’s hot and outside the sun is shining. Because of that I might just go for a ride.

But first, I think it’s about time I got around to uploading a few pictures from the book launch the other week. I’ve been so slack, I suppose almost hybernating with it something I’ve been telling myself I should do for too long now.

Alas…

I know there’s not so many, but I couldn’t take so many as I was sat on the bike at the time and so the only pics I have are the ones that other people took, which I gather aren’t all uploaded yet. But give it time.

The only other thing I thought might be of interest is this interview from the Channel 9’s breakfast show.

http://today.ninemsn.com.au/?videoid=0b6f1cb4-765f-4dbe-8dd7-f8d36ba2e8e9

It was my first TV gig and made me quite nervous, as you can see with the way I walk on shot and look like I’m lost and trying to find my way out. But I think it turned out okay. It was just a bit weird, so rushed, so in and out and thankyou very much there’s the door, don’t let it hit you on the way out. Though enjoyable none the less.

Though I don’t have another outfit if I had to go on again so will probably look like a poor bum with only one set of clothes. But they’re my best ones so I’m not replacing them just yet.

I realise I’m talking shit.

In other news, all is good in Sydney. I’m enjoying my time here, camping in the living room of good friends, Charlie and Nish. I’ll have to take a picture of my inflatable bed beneath the television, right next to the kitchen and the coffee table. They’re looking after me well and I’ve never ate so healthy, which is a good thing because I’ve got a bit of a belly and don’t like it very much.

Neither does the motorbike I’m riding, the one kinldy lent to me by Joe at One Ten Motorcycles in Caboolture. Her name’s Lucy and she’s a noisy old girl with a big exhaust on and a fat tank and all the trimmings. Not quite as subdued as Dot, that’s for sure.

Going forward I have slight plans afoot, but nothing concrete. Nothing set in stone, something I’ll have to do soon if I’m to keep the momentum going instead of stopping and laying on the beach until the waves wash me away. So in the next few weeks a decision, another one. Anything for an easy life…

Today I’m starting to get the books out that people overseas have ordered. It’s a huge job and I was really daunted by it. But Charlie’s given me some pointers and I reckon it’s all on track. Like a production line of books being signed and packed and sealed in envelopes to be sent to the other side of the world.

I know my website is confusing but the book is out in Australia, in all good book shops, which is perhaps the best place to get one from. For those people who want one overseas the best way – cheapest – is to get one directly from me, hence the form at the top of the page to put your details in and wait for me to wade through the first batch and finally get to you, which now I’m moving shouldn’t take long. A couple of weeks, no more.

So with that I’d best say adios, I have to head off and buy more books. But I’ll make sure to be back to upload more pictures and update on progress. In the meantime I just want to thank everyone who’s supported me so far; everyone who was at the book launch, all the friends I have in Sydney, my mum for coming out and visiting, and for everyone and anyone else who might have bought a book. I owe you one.

Nathan

x

9 thoughts on “Latest

  1. Hi Nathan,
    good to her from you! Nice TV gig 😉 enjoyed seeing you in the tv show and saw some pictures of my hometown…;-)
    I wish you all the best with your next advendtures!
    Cheers,
    Martin

  2. Hey mate,
    Just picked up your book last week from a Border’s closing down sale. Just enjoying your insanity in having a crack at KKH! Shame you didn’t get far along the Annapurna Circuit, I loved it 🙂 Alsoa bit of a shame you didn’t seem to like Nepal all that much. I’m loving following your adventure. Great job!

  3. Hey I just got you book up to page 26 can’t wait to get into it !!!

  4. Also  picked up your book for  half price at Border closing down sale, been meaning to buy it for a while after I heard it mentioned on radio., I . read it at 2 sittings , great read!

    From a Triumph Bonneville owner who has lost his Oz licence for a year from speed cameras and first went from UK to Oz (mostly) overland in 1979

  5. PS If you get to ride up to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains your welcome to stay over

  6. Thanks Mike, glad you enjoyed it. The 79 trip sounds interesting, I’d love to hear the details.

  7. Hi Nathan, Finished reading your book just now, hope you do well with the sales, well done on the trip!! and the book!!, I used to have a postie as a kid in the 70’s! so I can relate to their bullet proof nature but many kms on the open road??? I liked your positive attitude to those countries portrayed negatively in the media, I agree with you the people you meet can make the most memorable parts of a trip – we don’t realise how “poor” we are in OZ etc in terms of ability to get along with others and enjoy life, I found the acknowledgements very uplifting, obviously you kept in touch with many people you met on the road being able to share the outcome of their travels, and the group waiting for you on return! – what a buzz!, Sorted out what’s the next bike? Next big adventure? , cheers

  8. I loved it, and now, well i’m a little sad it’s over……….have you had anymore adventure since ????  

  9. Have just finished reading your book and loved every minute of it! I didn’t want it to end! I really felt like I was there with you, experiencing everything you experienced. You have a lot of strength to get through all of the hardships and travel all that way without wads of cash and an itinerary or detailed plan, I wish I could do it myself but I doubt I could go 13 days without a shower or change of undies LOL! Well done mate, you are an inspiration to all of us who say ‘I can’t, I don’t have enough money/time/willpower’ etc. A true adventurer!
    So where to next? Ride from Argentina to Washington?
    Old postie bikes never die! 🙂