Meet Luke Gelmi

Luke is an Australian who quit his job as an engineer because he saw a hobo on a park bench one day and thought “this bloke’s having a better day out here in the sunshine than I am…”

Travelling through 2013 and ’14, his original plan was to buy a bike in London after flying there one way, just to see what happened. It seems that ‘what happened’ was he experienced ‘the crappy European winter’ and just rode south into Africa. He just kept riding south and the rest has now appeared as the ‘Oblivous’ book trilogy, the first in the series – Boundaries – is available free in digital format from

The perhaps unlikely choice of a Royal Enfield happened because he was in love after using one for a 12-day tour of the Indian Himalayas and still says he wouldn’t have used anything else!