Author(s): Patrick Jones
Patrick, Meg and their family had built a happy, sustainable life in regional Victoria. But in late 2013, they found themselves craving an adventure: a road trip. But theirs was a road trip with a difference. With Zephyr (10), Woody (1) and Zero their Jack Russell, they set off on an epic 6,000km year-long cycling journey along Australia's east coast, from Daylesford to Cape York and back. Their aim was to live as cheaply as possible - guerrilla camping, hunting, foraging and bartering their permaculture skills, and living on a diet of free food, bush tucker, and the occasional fresh road kill. They spent time in Aboriginal communities, joined an anti-fracking blockade, documented edible plants, and dodged speeding cars and trucks on the country's most dangerous highways. The Art of Free Travel is the remarkable story of a rule-breaking year of ethical living.
Join Patrick Jones and Meg Ulman (Artist as Family) when they stop off in Bega for a one hour foraging workshop followed by a reading from their book, 'The Art of Free Travel', which chronicles their 14 month adventure on bicycles to Cape York and back researching all the freely obtainable foods you can find in Australia. Meet at Candelo Books for the workshop at 2pm, and 3pm for the reading. Both events are free.
Patrick Jones is an artist, poet, permaculturist, essayist and blogger. His favourite bush tucker is coal-cooked wild fish. Meg Ulman is a blogger, editor and writer. Meg's favourite bush tucker is the Burdekin plum.