Bearback: The World Overland

Pat Garrod on motorbike in desert

Friday 6 December 2019

Imagine jacking it all in, packing your life into a 41-litre pannier and riding into the sunset.  This is exactly what GP’s Pat and Ness Garrod did, downing stethoscopes to take off on their motorcycle, The Bear, to see the world.  For anyone who has considered escaping the rat race, even for a second, it’s an inspiring story.

Across the deserts of Africa, over the mountains of the Andes, deep into the jungles of Indochina, and beyond the Arctic Circle; 100,000 miles unsupported through 6 continents and 64 countries.  A circumnavigation of epic proportion, 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.  Undoubtedly a story of high adventure, determined resourcefulness and personal discovery, it is also a tale of freedom and love.  Capturing not only the beauty and diversity, but also the spirit of our fast-changing world, this is the tale of two doctors, one motorcycle, and a remarkable four-year journey around the world – dirt, dust, flies and all.


The evening will begin at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the Collections Centre, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. A bar will be available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks and tea and coffee. The evenings will conclude at around 10.00 pm. Tickets are £10.00 each for non-members; £7.50 for members. For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Theresa Browning by email or telephone 01590 614792.

Please note:  The National Motor Museum will not be open at this event.

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