It's a long way to……John O'Groats
A well known personality in the groundscare industry in the south west of England, Alun Wright, Sales Manager at TH White Ltd has fulfilled a lifelong ambition by riding his Honda XRV 750cc Africa Twin motorbike from Land's End to John O'Groats….for fun!
It took three days overall, a total of 915.5 miles avoiding all motorways, with the exception of one mile on the M48 over the old Severn bridge, 16 hours 15 minutes actually in the saddle at an average speed of 56.33 miles per hour and averaging 54.2 miles per gallon. Who says he's an anorak!
Using all of his charm he managed to acquire a set of HotWired heated clothing, normally used in winter by greenkeepers, from the marketing department at Ransomes Jacobsen to ensure that he kept warm and dry throughout the 1,946 mile round trip.
"I've always wanted to do it and I had to use up some annual holiday by the end of April or lose it." he said. "This presented the ideal opportunity, so I hopped on the bike and just went for it."
Alun plans to do it again in the not too distant future, but not using a conventional mode of transport, he's wants to do it driving one of Ransomes Jacobsen's products….watch this space!