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The Wheels of Chance

It was a tram drivers’ strike in Melbourne in the early Nineties that started me riding a bicycle as an adult, commuting into the heart of the city each day to a newspaper job I didn’t really care for. Little did I suspect at the time the curious twists and turns my life would take as the bicycle began to work its subversive magic.

Traveller’s Tales: Pole Position

It was the summer of 2000 and I was on my way to the South Pole on an assignment for National Geographic, ostensibly to do a feature on the cutting edge science being done there. Unbeknownst to my editors I had hidden agenda – to ride a bicycle “around the world” while I was there.