In memory of Steve Cawthorne a world traveller who sadly passed away whilst still doing what he loved, riding his bike.
Here you will find copies of some letters that Steve sent to Paul Mullis and a selection of photographs (kindly supplied by Steve’s family) of his tour through Alaska, Canada, North America, South America and Australia, from August 1990 to July 1993.
Special thanks to Christine Goodall (Steve’s Sister) for sorting out and lending me the original photographs and to the family for agreeing to this website.
Any comments, suggestions, additions, memories or just for a chat contact Graham Butler.
Apologies for any typo’s, spelling mistakes or real mistakes, this was originally done on an Amstrad (25 years ago) from the original letters. It was then scanned and converted to Word and in the meantime it’s got a bit messed up in places with double letters and extra punctuation, but I can’t get it any better without re-typing the whole lot, and I’m not doing that, sorry !
San Felipe, Baja, Mexico 10th January 1991
Copan, Honduras, 1st May 1991
A tent somewhere in South America, 18th September 1991
In a Hammock, Between two Trees, Outside a Bar, Middle of Nowhere, Nr Brazilian/Peruvian Border, 10th October 1991
Puerto Malorado, Peru, 13th October 1991
Cuzco, Peru, 19th October 1991
Puerto Mont, Chile, 20th November 1991
Beside a Lake, Opposite a Glacier, Nr Calafate, S.W.Argentina, 4th January 1992
Mendoza, Argentina, 26th February 1992
Asuncion, Paraguay, 28th March 1992
Daytona, Florida, USA, 14th June 1992
Silver Springs, Nevada, USA, 4th October 1992
A picnic table beside a road somewhere in Eastern Victoria, Australia, 2nd February 1993
Darwin, Australia, 10th July 1993
The following are letters that Steve sent back to his family.
Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, 19th August 1990
Middle of the woods, South of Haines, Alaska, 12th September 1990
Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia, 1st October 1990
Clearlake, California, 19th October 1990
By the river, Kerriville, Texas, 11th November 1990
By the fire by the river, Near Coranada, Mississippi, 19th November 1990
On the beach, Southern California, 18th December 1990
Photographs from the tour - first batch
Photographs from the tour - second batch
Miscellaneous Rally Photographs from the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s
The next set of pictures are newspaper clippings I collected at the time.
Newspaper Clippings of Steves' Accident