Nathan Millward, intrepid bike adventurer and author of the inspirational book ‘Sydney to London...The long ride home’ will be holding a second Lands End to John O’Groats Garbage run this September, and he want’s you to join him.
Intended for riders and bikes of ages, shapes and sizes the Garbage Run is for people who crave a real adventure but need to fit their dreams around the realities of modern life. “I'd ridden across the world on a 105cc Honda CT110, first from Sydney to London, then from New York to Alaska" Nathan explained, "Now married with bills, I still craved a bit of escape on the bike but didn't have the same time and money as I used to have”.
“So I devised the idea of the Garbage Run to ride from the bottom to the top of the UK, using only back roads, taking eight days and inviting along whoever wanted to come. I set a time and date for meeting at Land's End in May and left it at that”.
To his surprise 26 riders turned up to the start. Some were seasoned travellers, others were less experienced. One had flown in from Australia, another brave lady did the ride while receiving treatment for ovarian cancer. Land's End to John o'Groats had always been on her Bucket List.
The bikes taking part ranged from a fleet of Honda C90s, to a Yamaha two-stroke Townmate, a Vespa scooter and a 'on its last legs' Honda CB200, that somehow made it all the way to the top. Some modern machinery also took part including a Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 1000, Yamaha MT-03, Royal Enfield and a trio of Honda MSX 125s; the modern Monkey Bike.
The Garbage Run route barely touches a town or city, following beautiful back roads along the Devon and Cornwall coastline, then travels up through the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales and Cumbria. Then crossing the Highlands of Scotland, riding the North Coast 500, via Applecross and around the top to John o'Groats.
“On the first Run there was some tough riding and some tough days” Nathan explained “but I think all the riders went away feeling more confident about what they could accomplish next, some planning trips overseas others keen to explore even further the backroads of the UK. It just goes to show you don't need a big bike. You don't need a lot of money. You don't even need to do it all in one go. Pick a weekend and go off and sample some of it. Do the rest another time”.
The second Garbage Run will set off from Lands End on September 9. All riders and bikes are welcome but the route and ethos of the Run is more suited to small capacity machines. Places are limited to 25 and cost £175 each. The fee includes five nights campsite fees, all other costs will need to be met by the rider.
If you’re up for the challenge contact Nathan for more details.
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