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Ubuntu : one woman's motorcycle odyssey across Africa

Author: Heather Ellis
Publisher: Carlton, Vic. : Nero, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At the age of twenty-eight, while sitting in a friend?s backyard in the remote mining township of Jabiru, Heather Ellis has a light-bulb moment: she is going to ride a motorcycle across Africa. The idea just feels right no matter that she?s never done any long-distance motorcycle travelling before, and has never even set foot on the African continent. Twelve months later, Heather unloads her Yamaha TT600 at the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Travel writing
Named Person: Heather Ellis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heather Ellis
ISBN: 9781863958202 1863958207
OCLC Number: 930399769
Description: 370 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, map, colour portraits ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Heather Ellis.

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At the age of twenty-eight, while sitting in a friend?s backyard in the remote mining township of Jabiru, Heather Ellis has a light-bulb moment: she is going to ride a motorcycle across Africa. The idea just feels right no matter that she?s never done any long-distance motorcycle travelling before, and has never even set foot on the African continent. Twelve months later, Heather unloads her Yamaha TT600 at the docks in Durban, South Africa, and her adventure begins. Her travels take her to the dizzying heights of Mt Kilimanjaro and the Rwenzori Mountains, to the deserts of northern Kenya where she is befriended by armed bandits and rescued by Turkana fishermen, to a stand-off with four Ugandan men intent on harm, and to a voyage on a ?floating village? on the mighty Zaire River. Everywhere she goes Heather is aided by locals and travellers alike, who take her into their homes and hearts, helping her to truly understand the spirit of ubuntu, a Bantu word meaning I am because you are. This is the extraordinary story of a young woman who, alone and against all odds, rode a motorcycle to some of the world?s most remote, beautiful and dangerous places.

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