Every year I get the chance to take a couple of weeks off and get some serious helmet time. This year was going to be the Big One again - Highway 1 pretty much all the way round the coast of Australia. It ain't as tough as it looks though - there's plenty guys out there a lot harder than me (the record for this ride is actually less than a week!!!). It's not a regular 'tour' either, because I wasn't really going anywhere - my destination was the same point as my departure - Melbourne - and I've done the same ride twice before. In the process I sat inside my helmet thinking quietly for 18 days and solving all my problems (as you do), covered 16,750 km on perhaps the longest single highway in the world (any nominations for longer?), had a face-plant run-in with what we Aussies lightly refer to as a 'road train', killed a kangaroo with my right boot (instead of being killed by it), and suffered bird-strikes on a regular basis including near-misses with man-high emus. . . And don't worry - I won't post all 300 photos, but I will pick through them and try to show the ones in focus! Anyhow, here's my attempt to see an entire continent through a helmet visor on my two week break . . .