Trip Start Dec 03, 2004
85Trip End Nov 31, 2005
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After I bought the bike I took it for a test run along the coast of the Swan River up towards Perth. I went about twenty kilometres, admiring the views out over the aquamarine waters of the Swan, the sailboats zipping in the warm winds. The whole way up there are little slips of sand with colorfully painted rowboats pulled up and small children playing on the tiny beaches and in the warm river water
The next day I head up into Perth to investigate the city. It's a very warm day, the type where you always think that you've just passed by the exhaust pipe from a bus and will walk out of the puff of warm air any second; but then you realize that, in fact, you're on a pedestrian mall and that's just the breeze passing you by. Then it dies and it's even hotter in the stillness. Perth reminds me of Vancouver: a younger, glassier city than its more historic eastern counterparts, tree-lined avenues, a big park that they present as their best tourist attraction, just like we are justifiably proud of Stanley Park.