Dust, flies and 5,000 miles through Australian outback

DOWN UNDER: Nigel Eaves completed a 5,000-mile bike ride for Leavenheath charity Sesaw.
DOWN UNDER: Nigel Eaves completed a 5,000-mile bike ride for Leavenheath charity Sesaw.

A bold businessman is back from a 5,000-mile motorbike ride which saw him travel across the Australian outback for three months.

Nigel Eaves, 42, who owns L S Eaves car sales in Stoke-by-Nayland, has recently returned from his travels crossing the Gibson Desert in western Australia, travelling from Perth to Alice Springs, to south Australia and back to Perth again.

He did the whole journey on his own and admits it was difficult travelling for days on end not seeing another person. He got caught in a cyclone, when road signs were washed away and he had to ring the emergency services for a compass check, but says it was an amazing adventure.

“From Fremantle for the first 600 miles, it was tarmac, but after that I hit the desert dirt tracks and everything was just red dust,” he said.

“The longest time I didn’t see anyone at all was for four days and I must admit it was horrible. The mind plays tricks on you and you can get quite jittery worrying about whether there is enough fuel or water left. I was completely prepared physically and practically, but I think it’s difficult to prepare mentally for being in the wilderness.”

Nigel, who lives in Polstead Street, did the ride in aid of Suffolk and Essex Small Animal Welfare (Sesaw), in Leavenheath, and raised more than £1,000 for the charity.