Author: Heather Ellis

Publisher: Nero

ISBN: 1863958207

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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As you travel Africa, you will find the way of ubuntu – the universal bond that connects all of humanity as one. 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’. Ubuntu 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.

Timeless On The Silk Road

Author: Heather Ellis

Publisher: Phonte Publishing

ISBN: 0648496910

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 292

View: 5836

After riding her motorcycle across Africa, Heather Ellis is faced with a choice: go on one last adventure or wait for the inevitable. Diagnosed with HIV in London in 1995 when she has the test for a Russian visa, Timeless On The Silk Road is the story of what happens next. What unfolds is a journey of courage, hardship and immense natural beauty as she rides along the fabled Silk Roads of antiquity. Infused with a deep spiritual power, it is a story that leaves the reader considering their own ‘time less’ journey called life. 'It’s more than just a long motorcycle trip...’ Tony Wheeler, co-founder Lonely Planet. 'The road maybe silken but it is far from smooth,' Ted Simon. Timeless On The Silk Road (Phonte 2019) is Heather's second book and follows Ubuntu: One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa (Black Inc. 2016), which continues to be listed as a bestseller on Amazon and has received an award for one of the best motorcycling books, and one of the best Ubuntu books, of all time by Book Authority. 'I was enthralled by every page.’ Cheryl Strayed. www.heather-ellis.com