2007........5 wks-5th CYCLING TRIP 1,400kms DOWN the DANUBE
Well old age is arriving and pedallingpete is looking for flat ground and minimal traffic. Follow pedallingpete as he starts off in Southern Germany, through Austria and onto the hot baths in Budapest, Hungary. Hoping to loose a few pounds there is a greater chance he will return with a few more, unless he can avoid all those Bakeries on the way.
On this, his 5th cycling trip, in far flung lands, pedallingpete discovers that he doesn't have to suffer to have a meaningful experience. Travelling, as a way of avoiding the last of the Howard years in Australian politics prior to the 2007 election, pedallingpete finds Germany & Austria encouraging in its environmental progressiveness and the Soviet past as a grim reminder of the importance of being politically aware.
Peter Hastwell inherited a love of travel from both his parents who ventured off separately to the UK, Europe, India, and S-E Asia in the 60's and 70's from Australia. But it was not until the 90's that he discovered for himself that travelling alone can bring its own challenges and rewards. Cycling solo 1,000 km across the Indonesian archipelago in 1992 from Timor to Bali and 'pedallingpete', the traveller, came into being. Cycling twice in India, Turkey and down the Danube followed. Peter previously lived in Adelaide in South Australia where he worked as a Graffiti Program Coordinator for a local council. Supporting the community in buffing over many thousands of mindless graffiti tags, he also worked with young people in encouraging creative expression in public places. He now lives on Kangaroo Island where he volunteers with a variety of environmental programs and exhibits his photography and original art that is now influenced by the beauty and diversity that surrounds him.
INDIA People, Places and Palaces Published September 30, 2008