Cold Beer and Crocodiles

Cold Beer and Crocodiles

A Bicycle Journey Into Australia

Book - 2000
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The born wayfarer takes his time, stays close to the land, and lives by its rhythms, always ready when a friendly nod turns into a dinner invitation but just as happy to camp alone under the Southern Cross. He's a free spirit, following the road map of his own adventurous imagination. When he happens to be a keen observer and a vivid writer as well, the result is a classic travel book.

American Roff Smith had been living in Australia for 15 years when he quit his job, pared his life to what could be carried in the panniers of his bicycle, and pedaled off on a 10,000-mile circuit of the continent. By the time he coasted back into Sydney nine months later, he had discovered an Australia that eludes the casual traveler; "Cold Beer and Crocodiles" is his evocative, eventful report from the highways and byways of "Oz," an affectionate portrait of his adopted country and its colorful people.

It's a tale worthy of the bold explorers who lived -- and sometimes died -- to open up this vast, isolated, beautiful world, from chilly Tasmania to the arid, blistering outback, where temperatures soar to 140 degrees in the midday sun. On a go

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Adventure Press, National Geographic Society, c2000.
ISBN: 9780792279525
0792279522
Branch Call Number: 919.404/SMIT
Characteristics: 284p. 24cm.

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jannylegs
Jul 18, 2016

Wonderful read. Gave me a great sense of the vastness and personalities of Australia. I appreciated the author's descriptive abilities that he used more to describe the landscape than his inner workings. Too many memoir and travel writers are self-centered to a fault. He was not.

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