Show 22: An Australian Christmas

DawnRiders2.JPGIt’s that time of year again, although it’s hard to feel that Christmas spirit when there’s no snow on the ground.

The Christmas lights are up and Santa is on every lawn here in Australia but for us, it just seems like April, when the weather is warming up, the grass is turning green and you realise you still haven’t taken down the decorations!

On their trikesStill, we did get into the swing of things in the last couple of days when we visited Andrew & Joanne Hooker, two Aussies who have ridden their recumbent tricycles all around Australia and through North America.

Here’s their story, along with a quick update on what we’re up to over the festive season. Merry Christmas everyone!


  1. James
    22nd December 2008 at 8:06 pm #

    Happy Christmas to you both

    It hardly seems like yesterday when you posted a poll asking for advice on where to spend Christmas in Spain!! And now we’re 2 years on and you’re on the other side of the planet.

    I can’t begin to imagine the “alien-ness” of it all, but there’ll always be a space on some curling ice for you both.

    Thanks for all your travel stories from at least one satisfied reader in England over the last 2 and a bit years – hopefully there’ll be heaps more to come in the New Year.

    Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year

    hugs to you both


  2. Chris (Amateur Traveler travel podcast)
    23rd December 2008 at 3:18 am #

    This may have been my favorite episode so far. Merry Christmas!

  3. ali
    25th December 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    Hi Friedel & Andrew

    Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year.
    From Bushehr,
    ALi& family

  4. David Piper
    28th December 2008 at 4:38 pm #

    Merry Christmas to the two of you – and thanks for another fascinating installment.

    As Oz (Perth – Sydney) is on my list for 2009, I took a special interest in the Hooker’s site. I’d would like to contact them but cant seem to do so through their site – perhaps you could pass on my email address?

    Looking forward to news from Taz – many of the place names are derived from my home in England’s West Country

  5. Rob Farrington
    29th December 2008 at 11:22 am #

    Hi Andrew and Friedel,

    Hope you’re enjoying your enduring adventure. I was hoping to be back in Oz to catch up with you but unfortunately we’re rather busy at the moment with our dump project here in Cambodia. It was great to meet you guys here and to receive your great help. I’ll be back in Oz around early March if you’ll still be around. Take Care, Rob, Rubbish Dump project

  6. friedel
    30th December 2008 at 10:31 am #

    Hello to everyone and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! David, have you heard of Warm Showers?

    You’ll find Joanne and Andrew on there (just south of Perth in Waikiki) but I will pass your message on too.

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    Andrews comments towards the end of this podcast – about getting out and doing it – and being on your death bed wondering. . .

    These are some of the most inspirational words to get me out to ride my bike that I have heard in decades.

    I have been listening for about 6 months and I have gone through all the back podcasts – this is the first time I have been compelled to comment – to say thanks for sharing your travels. To say thanks for bringing such poignant words to us from across the world.

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