Going Postal – Sydney to London on a Dorothy
In 2009, Nathan Millward rode across the world on an old Australian mail bike called Dorothy. The pair began their journey in Sydney and ended it in London, covering a total distance of 23,000 miles, through 18 countries and all at a top speed of 40 miles per hour.
It took them nine months, setting off after just two days of planning and passing through such countries as Pakistan, India, East Timor and China. They crossed the Himalayas three times, were made honorary members of an Indonesian bike gang called the BigZoners, slept under machine guard in Islamabad and road the long and lonely steppe of Kazakhstan until finally they reached the English Channel where finally they had to stop, at journey’s end.
Now the pair heads back to Australia – though this time by airplane – to celebrate the release of their book.
Going Postal is a travel memoir examining the heart of such an adventure; the ‘why’s’ and the ‘wherefore’s’, the reasons we do such things, what we aim to achieve from them, why we cannot quit once we’ve started them and how, ultimately, they can be done by one man and his trusty red machine, in Converse boots and wearing only one sock. Though at what cost?
For the time being Going Postal is only available in Australia, but for those who interested, a copy can be ordered by placing your details in the box at the top of this page.
All the best