Troubador Bearback

Released: 08/12/2017

eISBN: 9781788034289

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The World Overland


Two doctors, one motorcycle,
and a remarkable four year journey around the world

Imagine jacking it all in, packing your life into a 41-litre pannier and riding into the sunset. BEARBACK is the story of two GPs who did just that, downing stethoscopes to take off on their motorcycle, The Bear, to see the world. A circumnavigation of epic proportion and entirely unsupported, it was to become one of the longest journeys ever undertaken by a couple on one motorcycle, a journey destined to change their lives forever.

"A remarkable journey. Searching, honest, uplifting."
Sir. Ranulph Fiennes

‘An inspired travelogue, dispelling the myth that remarkable journeys are out of your grasp’
National Geographic Traveller

‘Belts along at a cracking pace. Stylish and good quality.'

'I didn't want this enthralling book to end. If you only read one travelogue this year, make it this one.’
Real Travel ‘Book of the Month’

'We've all dreamed about it – quitting the job, packing up the house, and hitting the road for the adventure of a lifetime. Few do it, and even fewer do it as well as Pat Garrod.'
Travel Africa

"A damned good story, and very well told. This wonderful work fits the category of 'page turner' in every way.”
ADVMoto magazine

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Pat Garrod

At the tender age of seven Pat Garrod, typically, knew his own mind. When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up his reply was as instant as it was ambitious.

"A doctor, an author, or a long-distance lorry driver."

Born in 1964 to parents brought up in the war he acquired a healthy respect for minimalism and inherent value, as well as a love of camping and the great outdoors. Family meals always took place under the alluring shadow of The Daily Telegraph’s map of the world. This and the haunting words of a guest-speaker at a school prize-giving ceremony (“with the coming of the jet engine the world has shrunk”) left Pat with an insatiable desire to see the world, overland.

An avid cyclist through his teens, at the age of seventeen Pat developed an unhealthy fascination with motorcycles. In his final year at medical school a serious accident put him in hospital for three months and on crutches for a further year.

Since qualifying as a doctor in 1988 he has worked in various parts of the world including Australia, on expedition in Zimbabwe, and even a brief spell in Saudi Arabia before being flung out of the kingdom by a disgruntled Queen.

His time in Zimbabwe engendered within him a deep fascination for, and love of, the African continent. In 1995, eight years after the accident, he threw caution to the wind and climbed back on board a motorcycle. With girlfriend Vanessa as pillion he rode from Cairo to Cape Town. Since then the two of them have circumnavigated the globe and ridden across Africa three more times.

Pat now lives with his wife in Dorset, in a 270 year-old sea captain's cottage. He still cycles, recently for charity from Lands End to John O' Groats. He is an active supporter of WWF, Greenpeace and the Dorset Wildlife Trust, and is an obsessive windsurfer.

When not exploring some far-flung corner of the Earth he continues to practise as a GP.

Pat Garrod

Vanessa with the Himba in the Kaokoveld, NW Namibia, Africa's 'last great wilderness'.
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