Tour De Oz

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 346 pages
Author: B. Harris
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781460751770
Other: b&w photos
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

On 5 June 1899, wiry and wily Arthur Richardson packed his pistol and a water bag and set off from Perth on his bicycle, determined to become the first person to pedal 18,507 kilometres around Australia. Heavy rain and sandy terrain slowed his initial progress, and he encountered Aboriginal warriors across the north.

But there was a much bigger obstacle in his way. Brothers Frank and Alex White, and tattooed adventurer and pastoralist Donald Mackay, were attempting the same ride, travelling in a counter-clockwise direction. Battling thirst, illness and unclear directions, would they be able to beat Arthur in his quest?

'Tour De Oz' is the true story of a remarkable ride to 'circumcycle' the vast continent of pre-Federation Australia. More than an account of a race, it's an extraordinary tale of exploration and adventure in outback Australia four years before the inaugural Tour de France.

Author's Note
Prologue: The Dream of the Overlander
1. A Restless Soul
2. Two Chippies and a Squatter
3. The Tail Angel
4. Crocodiles and Cockfights
5. Bad Black Country
6. Devil-Devil Country
7. Alone in the Wilderness 
8. Plains of Hell
9. Worst Country in Australia
10. A Life and Death Struggle
11. A Happy Time
12. A Keen Disappointment
13. Edge of Madness
14. Ambush!
15. A Travel-stained Phiz and a Sun-browned Paw
16. Miracles do Happen
17. A Dream Come True
18. A State of Excitement
19. Not Bad For an Amateur!
20. Epilogue: The Last Great Adventure
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