This blog series is the story of two brothers: Mark and Roy Stevens (Bikerbnb Co-founder) and their three mates, all in their early twenties, on the trip of a lifetime travelling overland, by motorcycle, from Inverness, Scotland to Adelaide Australia in the late 1970s.
The trip was meticulously documented by Roy, who kept a diary and wrote down a daily summary, recording some incredible stories, as well as taking photographs along the way. So, these entries will be shared, in the way they were written to give readers an accurate insight of the reality of travelling from the remote Highlands to the Australian Outback.
'We had the bikes blessed'.
During the summer of 1977, after few months of rough planning, Mark, Roy and their three friends mustered enough courage to set out on their ambitious journey across the world. They sourced bikes, including thre Moto Guzzi 850 T3’s, a Guzzi 850 T and a Kawasaki 900 Z1.
August 12th 1977
Mileage on Roy’s bike 4,175; mileage on Mark’s bike 4,205.
Serviced bikes yesterday as no dealer can do them for us. They all seem to be running well – apart from the whine in my gearbox.
17:00 – Just back from Kiltarlity, where the riders and bikes were blessed by the SpeyWife. She gave us roses and sprinkled water over us and the bikes. She wants us to send a postcard when we arrive.
August 13th 1977
Fixing a puncture only 100 miles into the trip!