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Thursday, July 28, 2005

On a tricycle built for two

On a tricycle built for two

By KEVIN & AIMEE BEIMERS | Somewhere between Adelaide and Melbourne, during our round-Australia circuit, we began sparring with the idea of "adding on" Tasmania. After all, we thought, can we really say we've cycled the entire country if we miss a state? Sure enough, it may be a small state, and you need a very large boat to get to it, but it's still Australia.

Even if they forgot about it at the Olympic Games opening ceremonies, we weren't going to overlook it. According to Tasmanians, we'd only been to the North Island so far. Yes, we decided. “Let's add it on."

"Adding it on" was a major blunder in thinking on our part. One does not "add on" Tasmania. Adding on Tasmania to your Australian cycling trip is like ordering a 3kg porterhouse steak and "adding on" a family-size supreme pizza. Tasmania is its own meal in itself.

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