Heather Ellis is an Australian author, journalist, photographer and motorcyclist who rode her Yamaha TT600 from south to north Africa, and from the UK to Vietnam via Central Asia from 1993 to 1997.
Heather Ellis is the author of Ubuntu: One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa, published by Nero and imprint of Black Inc. Books in April 2016. Her book, a travel memoir details her epic journey over 15 months, through 19 countries riding 42,000 kilometres from south to north Africa during 1993/1994.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Journalism and has worked as a journalist for News Ltd and in communications for international development agency, Plan. She also holds a Graduate Diploma of International Development and a Master of Arts (creative enterprise).
Heather is also a freelance features writer and a professional public speaker. As a motorcyclist with 40 years of riding experience, she is also an advocate for motorcycle road safety and is a member of the Victorian Government’s Motorcycle Advisory Group.
She is currently writing the sequel to Ubuntu, which will be available in 2018. Her second book details her motorcycle ride through Central Asia and by train through China to Vietnam.
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My Yamaha TT600 today. It is the same motorcycle I rode through Africa in 1993/94; rode as a motorcycle courier in London from October 1994 to November 1995; and rode through Central Asia during 1997.
I now call Melbourne, Australia home and enjoy riding my Moto Guzzi V50 around the hills of the Yarra Ranges. That was until it fell victim to a SMIDSY while I was stopped at a red traffic light (SMIDSY = Sorry Mate I Didn't See You)
Today, I ride a Triumph Thruxton 900cc.