Yesterday I reunited with a friend who is reliving the life of a swaggie. Steve York who I regularly bump into at Northey Street and other Green events in Brisbane is walking home after attending the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne.
Steve was proud of walking faster than they peddled and arriving in Sydney before them. Since I did this project last year, I am aware that the cyclists were busy rehearsing their skit and then performing the skit to schools as well as developing workshops to deliver to students. Today I saw 2 individual cyclists. One heading north with a European bicycle with panniers on the front (he stopped and chatted to June and Dawn who were walking and was from Germany). The other cyclist had 2 rear panniers and a trailer...on top of it was a solar panel.
He didn't slow down for me to offer him some carrot or banana cake and as he wizzed past the back of his t-shirt had a picture of a petrol bowser crossed out. So the fact that I was standing beside a vehicle in the middle of nowhere probably didn't look inviting enough to him. A couple of weeks ago we also passed an American cyclist who had travelled around the world and Australia was his last leg. It's wonderful to see others participating in the "Slow Lane" of life. May we have the energy to engage and inspire others to join the slow lane. As you have probably guessed. Walking is the slowest I will go. I much prefer peddling.