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Q&A on Pako

This month Voice on Pako spoke to Anna Natonewski about her love for motorbikes and adventure.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Both Matt and I grew up in Geelong, I got into motorcycles in my twenties after my boyfriend at the time, now husband, was motorcycle crazy. I learned to ride a trailbike and soon after I moved onto a 250cc road bike. Riding a motorcycle opened me up to a whole other world of freedom, nothing else gave me the awesome feeling of having wind in my face, forgetting the world. Matt and I love to travel and have done a lot of travel solo, together and with our two children, Stella and Hunter. The kids now come on some of our adventures and love it.

How would you describe Nevermind Adventure?
Nevermind brings together old school motorcycling adventure and handmade leather goods that tell a story. We are a grassroots company founded by myself and my husband Matt Natonewski on the return of a three-month trip through India with our children six years ago. Combining our passion for motorcycles and India, we wanted to share this wonderful country with other like-minded people.

Why did you decide to open up a store on Pako and how long has the business been here for now?
We have been in business now for five years, we started in the Fremantle, WA, and then after spending seven years in Perth we decided it was time to come back to Geelong. Our daughter was starting high school and we missed our family so it was the perfect time to come back to Geelong.

Do you ride bikes yourself?
Yes I ride, I love it. It’s an addiction. With the wind in my face, there is not a care in the world; it’s just me and the bike.

Can you tell us a little about the work you are doing for a school in India?
We have been involved with the Taj Ganj Welcome school for about seven years now. There is just a small handful of us that sponsor the school on a monthly basis. We help to educate primary school children in the poor Taj Ganj area of Agra, India. We provide free education, we also help to clothe the children providing jumpers and shoes in the winter, as well as school books, school bags and stationery. We also employ five teachers and pay them a wage. I’m so impressed with how well these children can read and write in English, it blows me away each time I go there.

Do you have any exciting tours coming up?
We have a Rajasthan ride coming starting on in a few days. Rajasthan is one of my most favourite rides. There is so much to see and experience in Rajasthan, its rich in history, the food is amazing, the people are so friendly and happy – not to mention how colourful the place is. In July and August is our Himalayan season, we run five to six trips for either 12 days or 18 days. We take people to some of the most remote places in the world, it’s truly amazing in those mountains and something everyone should see once in their lifetime.

What is your favourite bike in store at the moment?
I love the new Royal Enfield Himalayan model. It’s a fantastic bike and all-rounder, it’s great inroad and is fantastic off road – it handles the dirt fantastically.

You also sell leather goods and accessories, what are your most popular products?
We have some amazing handmade bags. My pick is the Overlander, it’s a fantastic overnight bag. It looks like something that Indiana Jones would use, its rugged and practical.

We know it must be hard to choose, but what is your favourite adventure so far?
Oh gosh that is a hard one, it really depends on how I’m feeling. The Himalayas was truly amazing, pushes you out of your comfort zone and those mountains are truly mind blowing. Rajasthan is rich in culture, the people, the history and everything about it I love and South India is great for the amazing windy roads and beautiful jungles and backwaters. It’s too hard to decide which one is the best. I love them all for different reasons.

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