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Cold beer and crocodiles : a bicycle journey into Australia
Smith, Roff Martin.
Adult Nonfiction GV1046.A8 S65 2000

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In 1996, after 15 years of working as a journalist in Australia, expatriate New Englander Smith (Australia: Journey Through Timeless Land) circumnavigated the entire Australian continent on his bicycle. This is an account of his lone nine-month bicycle journey, in which he covered 10,000 miles. Most of the book describes the Outback, sheep-shearing in Queensland, the mining towns and rain forests of the Northern Territories, pearling ports and aboriginal communities in Western Australia, cattle stations, and desert campsites. And while the trip may be grueling, Smith's style, even when he writes of heat and desolation, is dazzling. Equally fascinating is the description of the derelicts, drifters, and Crocodile Dundee characters whom he meets. Whenever he is down and on the verge of ending his odyssey, Smith fortuitously meets strangers who encourage him to go on. At the end of the book, Smith's response to Einstein's question, "Is it a friendly universe?" is a decided yes. Highly recommended.DRavi Shenoy, Naperville P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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