One for the Road: Revised Edition (Vintage Departures)
7 journalers for this copy...
Do you *think* I could resist a book with that description?
Haven't finished yet but some of the best bits:
I like how he mixed Aboriginal aspects in with the rest. He integrated the two rather than just treat them as something apart. I also think he did this while still acknowleding the feeling of uncertainty that can be present. I still remember my initial uncertainty and trying to understand that, as much as I tried to understand anything else about Australia.
"...that was one of the things I liked so much about hitching: getting a personalized tour of the continent with people I'd otherwise never meet." I can say the same thing about backpacking, Greyhounding and BookCrossing. I met so many wonderful people in my travels and learnt so much that I wouldn't have otherwise . Kinda sad the upcoming trip will be plane only due to a lack of time :(
More to come when I've finished the book, but I'm definitely loving it. So much so that I don't want to go to sleep even though I have the chance after being up at 5 AM.
Love that he stayed at some of the same places, such as Radeka's in Coober Pedy. And his trip up the coast of WA made me really nostalgic for my own trip.
A great book on it's way for a mini ring.
Woosang - NSW
Miss-Jo - NSW (added 2.5.07)
Catsalive - NSW
AmberC - NT
RockDg9 - QLD
Sharky13 - TAS
PC, Pass On, Wild Release...Whatever suits your fancy :D
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
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ETA: For some unknown reason, GPM mail was cheaper and faster than normal airmail. Pleasant surprises.
I was reminded yet again of how much of my own country I haven't seen. I wouldn't choose to hitchhike, and I hope that some of the people are less closed-minded now than they were in the 80s, but I would love to go and see a lot of the places that he went to. Some day...
I'll pm Catsalive and get it moving asap.
This has the same feeling as Knockabout Girl which I just read. She worked & travelled in the outback around the same time.
Thanks, SKingList. I'll get this off to amberC ASAP.
I'm wondering where in Darwin he found "a monotonous expanse of crowded freeways" and we don't have a lot of "arcades, high-rises and traffic" even now, 20 years after his visit.
Will add to my TBR pile & read it asap to keep the bookring moving.
OK, crazy timing that I find an entry for this on the same day I book my airline tickets for August's trip to Australia. No 'genuine adventures' this time as its a rather short trip but I'm still excited.
We will welcome you with open arms[/ringjack]
Having just finished Knockabout Girl: A Memoir I saw similarities in writing & perceptions of the places visited & people met, even though the authors were of opposite sexes & from opposite sides of the globe. So similar & yet so different all at the same time.
Yet again I found myself retracing some old familiar places, after leaving Sydney to try my job hunting luck in Darwin, goping for a driving holiday to Broome & then driving down to Melbourne to move to Tasmania. Oh what a life I've had.lol
Having taken the bus from Sydney to Darwin I had a laugh at his sleeping position descriptions for bus travel.
"Consider the options:
1. Slump straight back or slightly to one side, with the knees crammed against the seat in front, & the head pushed forward upon the chest, as if in preparation for the executioner's axe.
2. Curl up in a pained fetal position, with the head shoved against the armrest & the feet pushing off against the wall of the bus, compressing the knees upward into the chin.
3. If the seat beside is empty: Recline across the two seats, trying to curl around the armrest, the point of which inevitably lodges like a tomahawk between the shoulder blades. Alternatively, roll over & take the hatchet directly in the chest."
Oh such fond memories of discomfort.lol
I really did enjoy this trip down his memory lane that made me re-think my own memories of towns & places that I too had visited.
Thanks for sharing.
Seek, read & enjoy.