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The Long Ride 'Home' [Kindle Edition]

Nathan Millward
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is the story of my 35,000 kilometres ride from Sydney to London on a 105cc Honda called Dorothy. It was journey of nine months, through eighteen countries, with barely any planning, hardly equipment, just setting off one day and hoping that somehow I'd make it to the other side of the world.

The book was originally released by HarperCollins in Australia where it is known as Going Postal. This is the international release, with a few changes to the text and a list of images and videos at the end. Hope you enjoy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Y9B2QW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old head on a young body 22 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read lots of motorcycle travel books and this book comes high on the list. The thing I like about the book is that Nathan actually gets out there and meets people. Quite often it is a mad dash through the countryside to get back home. But Nathan takes his time and gets to experience things.

He is not afraid to explain that it is not all roses doing this trip and is the first RTW biker who advocates staying at home and finding what you are looking for there. That takes maturity.

I had great fun watching Nathans antics on Youtube as he was making the trip, the guy is nuts. I particularly like the idea of removing clothes instead of putting them on when it rains.

A very entertaining book that shows RTW travel on a small bike is not only possible, but preferrable.

The book is available in paperback as well as on kindle.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!! 8 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
After hearing Nathans talk at Ripley in 2011 (easily the best talk of the event by far) I was well chuffed to see his book available in the UK on kindle at such a great price. I've just finished reading it this very night and I loved it as much as hearing his abridged story first hand. Well done and thank you. FYI the kindle has no pictures, but there's lots of really great pictures available on his website as well as a plethora of interesting videos on his YouTube channel.

Nathan captivatingly takes the reader along with him and his trusty steed Dot on their epic adventure from Australia to London and telling us, warts and all, of their trials and tribulations along the way. We get the chance to share his experiences of life on the road as a solo moto adventurer and meeting the people he meets: good and bad. During this snapshot of Nathan's adventure we begin to understand that traveling by motorcycle is a unique and special thing, peculiar to some, and understood by few.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story 16 Feb. 2013
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This a great book for the adventurer in us all, Nathans trip across the world on Dot his postman's bike is a great story of how grit and determination can get you through just about anything. It is more a story of personal and exploration rather than geographical or practical. I can not recommend this book highly enough, as a biker myself I wish I had his b*lls.
Buy it now to exported to a world of meeting great people, seeing great places and most of overcoming fear and trepidation to become a stronger person. All in all very inspirational.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't plan, just ride...! 27 Jan. 2013
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Adventure motorbikers are rough, tough guys and gals, out there in the wilds, relying on their own resources? Right? Er...maybe.
Sydney to London...The Long Ride Home by Nathan Millward is a motorcycle adventure, a bright enjoyable read, with good descriptions of some challenging riding and some pithy insights. It all starts with an Australian girlfriend called Mandy; an ex-postie bike, a little red 110 cc Honda; and the spontaneity of a young Englishman.
Deadlines, threats, risks. Fear. These are the kinds of things that might come to mind when planning a long motorcycle adventure trip through many exotic countries. Some can spend forever planning - the over-planning of the dreamer who ultimately never manages to go on the big trip. But maybe it is easier to sail past all of that; avoid doubt and indecision; and just get out there. To quote Nathan - `I had the only planning you really need - to be certain that it's something you have to do. Not want to do, because that's not enough.'
And although the lack of planning was often endearing, it contributed to some of the difficulties Nathan met along the way. The untried, un-serviced, bike bought through eBay; the last minute dashes to meet visa deadlines; heel-kicking for days after missing the rare ferry.
What do you need for the ultimate `please yourself, take your time, meander about' adventure trip? Nathan seems at times to have had little in the way of protective gear, images of crashes tell a story. Tools? Um ...forget the tyre levers. Wild camping? Yes, tight budget. Camping equipment? Err ...maybe a sleeping bag. Tent?
To quote again from Nathan - `no commitments, nothing to go back to, no job, no kids, no mortgage.' Thankfully there are still credit cards to help carry the burden!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Jupiters Travels 4 Mar. 2013
By chris53
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While it may be stating the obvious you have to be interested in travel and have some understanding of motorcycles to really appreciate this book. The narrator is a warm character and the charm of the book comes from the fact that "he did it his way". His approach defies the normal conventions. His bike was underpowered and and his gear and equipment were cobbled together and picked up during the journey. Another writer could have described the journey negatively as a series of mis-adventures but his eternal optimistm shone through and made it a life affirming read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few biking books worth reading 27 Nov. 2012
By Jim
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I really enjoyed this book. Usually adventure bike books are written by wealthy, middle aged, middle class blokes on BMW GS bikes and I have been either bored or appalled. This isn't like those books - it's an interesting story of a young lad travelling the world by bike, with a human back story of lost love and self-discovery. Nathan Millward is a nice guy and that comes through in the writing. It also helps that he can write a bit.
This is a good travel book, and I've even recommended that my bike-phobic girlfriend read it. And my mum, although I think she might be worried I'd want to do the same. No chance! I couldn't even fit on a bike that small!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have really enjoyed this! Very adventurous trip, great read.
Published 17 days ago by Mr. Paul Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars A real motorbiking "adventurer".
A great read.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a truly fantastic book – regardless of whether you're...
This is a truly fantastic book – regardless of whether you're interested in adventure motorcycling, or even a biker at all, Nathan's story is heart-warming, exciting, and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Milbank
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb,best book I have ever read.
I enjoyed very much and felt like I was with him every step of the way willing him and the little bike on . Read more
Published 2 months ago by peter Claxton
5.0 out of 5 stars great read loved the adventure and spontaneity of the whole thing
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Published 2 months ago by Mr. N. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Long ride home
Really enjoyed this book as an arm chair motorcycle traveller, I hope the author does indeed complete another ride as I'm interested what he will choose to do it on?
Published 2 months ago by phil
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loving this so far
Published 3 months ago by Mick
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic account from a young guy with no motorcycle experience ...
Fantastic account from a young guy with no motorcycle experience to speak of,one of my favourite books,have it in paper and now on Kindle.
Published 4 months ago by Mr A T Royle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Read
Published 4 months ago by Marcus
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic adventure story
Fantastic tale of adventure and a willingness to finish the task in hand . Well written and a must read for those that share a passion for motorcycles and geography
Published 5 months ago by James galliers
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