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The Story of Dorothy

The 105cc Aussie Post bike that travelled the world..


Dorothy is a Honda CT110, ex Australian postal bike, that in 2009 I rode back from Sydney to London on. It was a journey of 23,000 miles, through 18 countries, taking 9 months and departed on after just three days of planning. It was very much the first time I'd done something of that nature and a few years later I followed on from that trip by riding 'Dorothy' from New York to Alaska, after air freighting her into JFK.

Dorothy had been given her name by her previous owner, Colin, who'd toured the Australian Outback on her. He'd named her after his favourite character from a Wizard of Oz. She had 40,000 kilometres on the clock when I set off from Australia and now, after riding to England, and then across America, she now has almost 100,000 kilometres and counting as she's still used to guide the postie bike tours of North Devon

In 2017 Dorothy was used to guide the very first 'Garbage Run', a semi-guided ride from Land's End to John o'Groats, taking seven days and using only back roads and camping along the way. The name came from the dubious nature of the 30 or so bikes that made that first run, with further  'Garbage Runs' soon following, again from Land's End to John o'Groats, but also around Ireland, then across America and Australia, back from Bulgaria and shorter trips around various parts of the UK.