Is That Thing Diesel?: One Man, One Bike and the First Lap Around Australia on Used Cooking Oil

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At Forty years old, a successful writer, husband and father, no longer toiling on offshore, drilling rigs, was Paul Carter happily nestled in the cotton wool of suburban life enjoying the fruits of his labour? Was he f**k!

With his manic, life left far behind and the perfect opportunity to take it easy, what else would a middle-aged, bike-obsessed man want?

Yes, that's right, he'd want to be the first guy to ride around Australia on an ...

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Overview

At Forty years old, a successful writer, husband and father, no longer toiling on offshore, drilling rigs, was Paul Carter happily nestled in the cotton wool of suburban life enjoying the fruits of his labour? Was he f**k!

With his manic, life left far behind and the perfect opportunity to take it easy, what else would a middle-aged, bike-obsessed man want?

Yes, that's right, he'd want to be the first guy to ride around Australia on an underpowered experimental motorcycle that runs on used cooking oil, wouldn't he? Preferably without getting hit by a semi-trailer full of bridge parts, is he out of his mind?

Quite possibly.

Embark on a rollicking, downright dangerous and often unhinged quest that starts on an environmentally friendly motorcycle built on a shoestring budget by students, and ends with a plan to break the motorcycle land speed record for bio-fuel.

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"Great two-fisted writing from the far side of hell."  —John Birmingham, author, Weapons of Choice on Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs: She Thinks I Play Piano in a Whorehouse

"Relentlessly funny and obsessively readable."  —Phillip Noyce, director of The Quiet American and Clear and Present Danger on Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs: She Thinks I Play Piano in a Whorehouse

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741757026
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Derrick the Man 5

2 Cover your Arse 14

3 What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 20

4 Panic Fest 27

5 Bio what? 48

6 The Bike the Universe Landed 59

7 Betty 69

8 Getting to Know you 79

9 There is no Plan B 90

10 PPPPPP 99

11 To Adelaide and Beyond 109

12 Stage One: Green Fuel, White Knuckles 125

13 Stage Two: Spiders 139

14 Wallet 151

15 Stage Three: Life Cycle 161

16 Stage Four: Follow the Blood-Splattered Brick Road 167

17 The Long Reach 189

18 It only hurts When I Laugh 208

19 Stage Five: Uneasy Rider 229

20 Stage Six: Numb 243

21 Stage Seven: Harder than you Think 248

Epilogue 259

Acknowledgements 261

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