A decade of epic travels with Nathan Millward
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A lot of people have passed through the ranks of The National Student, but few stand out as clearly as Nathan Millward – our very own adventurer. Our journey with Nathan started in 2006, when he submitted a piece on his escapades from the first (and only) Student Gumball Rally. It was a unique travel piece on the crazy across-Europe, road-race that took in bribing corrupt officials, brushes with the authorities and playing golf on a motorway. He then went silent, until 2008 when he submitted his tale of New Year’s Eve 2007 when instead of going to his local pub he and his mates embarked on a 24-hour party trip to Amsterdam by car. The ensuing firework Armageddon and Dutch party time made for his second completely unique piece for us. But nothing could prepare us for the email we got from him in 2008 stating he had been in Australia to win back a girl, it hadn’t worked out, and he was about to embark on a trip back to the UK on a Postal motorbike without about much power as a hairdryer! He had started his ‘Traveller’s Tale’ column starting with him heading to Oz to win back his lady-love, and carried on through the pitfalls of job and visa issues – but the column was about to take a dramatic and brilliant turn. Over the next nine months we published regular updates in our newspaper edition on his travels. On this epic journey Nathan passed through 18 countries and covered some 23,000 miles through every type of terrain including crossing the Himalayas. This was such an inspiring journey that it was turned into a book originally published in Australia as Going Postal and in a second edition called The Long Ride Home.
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