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Old 7 Feb 2010
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I was very sorry to read this news.

Paul Pratt was almost the last of a generation who travelled in a way we can never experience. I chatted to him at Ripley a few times and felt the passing of an era.........

Buen viaje Paul......................
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Anyone who is still riding and partying at that age top man, i have similar friends and i get sick of people saying why dont you group and i always replie " what grow up and die"
Regards to his family and friends.

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Paul Pratt passed away January 10, 2010, at the age of 84. Paul was still riding his bikes last year, and entertaining audiences at the HU UK meeting with tales of his 13 years travelling by motorcycle in the 60s and 70s. We interviewed him in 2008 for the DVD series, and he features in a couple of them. Paul, like Simon Gandolfi and Ted Simon, is an inspiration to anyone who thinks 'I'm too old to do that'.

He'll be missed by many who took his words to heart and was inspired by them.

There will be a ride for him, the family will keep us informed of the date - sometime when the weather gets better. A friend will ride his RTW Triumph with his ashes for dispersal at the seaside.

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I meet Paul last year at Ripley .I must have been talking with him for a hour.

I liked the fact that he took time to talk to people.

Paul.. .......RIP
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Very sad news !

Although I've never chatted to him, he really stood out at the meetings. What a character and surely never to be forgotten.

What he did and how he travelled made him 110% the real deal and truely inspirational.

Thankfully, a life lived to full potential... A lesson to be learned to us all !

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Paul's last journey

From James,

"As I may not be able to be online until after the weekend I suggest that, if any of your members are interested in accompanying Paul's ashes on their last journey, they phone me on Friday on 07895 183907 so I can inform them of the arrangements. I anticipate at present that we will be leaving Paul's home at 15 Brockley Avenue, Shuttlewood, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 6RB at about 9.30 a.m on Saturday and will be scattering the ashes in an appropriate fast flowing stream / river sending them on their way to the sea.

We will then be delivering the Thunderbird to the Midland Road Transport Museum. The above said, I will not be confirming the above with Brian Church (who will be carrying the ashes on the Thunderbird) until tomorrow so if there is anyone interested they should phone me first."

It would be great if a few of us from HU could make it. Sadly Susan and I can't.
Grant Johnson

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Unfortunately until today when I read this thread I was not aware of Paul.
By what I have read he was clearly a pathfinder for many of todays travellers particularly those on motorcycles.
If only I had gone to my first Ripley meet last year rather than this year because I would then I am sure have gotten to speak to him.But now I will seek out his book and as I am reading it, if I am lucky enough to find a copy I will relive his experiences and perhaps one day I may even summon up the courage to set off on my own major tour.

Paul has clearly left many people with happy memories of his time with us and hopefully if there is a hereafter his adventures are still continuing.Paul R.I.P
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a toast!
For a good guy and his fully filled life!
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Originally Posted by hondated View Post
.But now I will seek out his book and as I am reading it, if I am lucky enough to find a copy
Quoted from:

World Understanding on Two Wheels

An introduction to Overland Travel

by Paul Pratt,
3rd Edition 2001
Paul Pratt (1926-2010) rode around the world over 13 years, from 1966 -1979, and rode through 48 countries on 5 continents. Riding a Triumph Thunderbird, he rode 164,000km, plus another 20,000km on a Kawasaki 125.
The subtitle says it all - "An Introduction to Overland Travel" - Paul has given a great deal of information of use to the beginning traveller, covering subjects from climate through photography and route planning, documentation and preparing and maintaining the bike.
Colour and black and white prints from his trip. A very limited supply is still available from Paul's heirs at:
Paul Pratt
15, Brockley Ave.
Shuttlewood, Chesterfield,
Derbyshire S 44 6 RB.
Also by email to James Pinniger
14 main chapters. 87 pp. 60 b&w-fotos. 47 colour-pictures. 1 world-map with his routes. 21 cm H x 15 cm W. Softcover. 1st edition in 1976. 2nd edition in 1980 much more detailed. 3rd edition in 2001. Totally overworked with colour prints as well. Self published. ISBN 0950735302

If you can't get a copy via the above, I have a copy you can borrow.
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