The Why Not? Blog

At the tender age of 25 Dave started skateboarding. 14 months later he became the first person to skate the length of Britain. Another 8 months on he had crossed Australia on his board, breaking a world record & raising over £20,000 for three charities. Now, at 27, he's writing his first book, is a motivational speaker and a businessman, and he's only just gotten started on a lifetime of challenges which from the outside look just darn crazy. So, why? You know the answer, don't you. Why not?

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Is that New South Wales we can smell?

Melbourne seems a long way off considering we were still there at 4pm yesterday afternoon. 122km, one tv and three radio interviews later the team - minus Dim and Pete who have remained in the Vic capital on vehicle hunting duty - are sleeping in pink (yes, pink) cabins at the wonderful Park Lane Tourist Park, who have sponsored our stay here tonight.

The team is on funny pills at the moment. Earlier Holly recounted the moment when she randomly drove past the bodyguard of Neighbours star Dylan, whom we met on Monday night for a brief spell before he was ushered away by his enormous Maouri guard. Holly, being Holly, decided to call the guy 'the Kiwi Bouncer', a nickname which totally confused Kate, who in what is possibly her blondest moment yet thought Holly had seen a bloke bouncing fruit along the road.

Simon, who hasn't broken anything in at least four hours, is gaining a reputation as a festidious video editor but an incredibly difficult man to 1) get out of bed and 2) to encourage to write a blog. To put it in perspective, this morning the team had orders to be in the vehicles by 7am and Simon was still brushing his teeth at ten past. But more importantly, his blog couldn't be more out of date despite countless requests from fans of his nonplussed style: I've skated over 3000 miles since he last made an entry, ridiculous!

In five days or so we'll be in New South Wales. State number 4, it's safe to say we have high hopes for our first leg of the east coast of Australia. With another 82km down today I'm preparing for some hard pushing. At some point over the next few days I want to make 150km in a day, watch this space.


  • At 6:23 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You'll make the 150 one of these days...maybe you could put some extra spacers at the back truck so that the angle of the board is higher at the back than at the front. That way you'll be rolling downhill all day and you won't have to push. You should suggest this to Kate - from the sounds of the 'Kiwi Bouncer' episode, she may even fall for it ;)

  • At 9:49 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You'll make the 150 one day...maybe that day will come quicker if you add some more spacers to the back truck so that your board is angled forward (higher at the back than at the front). That way, you'll always be rolling downhill! By the sounds of the 'Kiwi Bouncer' episode, it sounds like Kate might fall for it...


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