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Oct 25, 2013

Greg Foyster on Changing Gears and living simply

Want to learn how to live simply? What better way than to hop on a bike and ride from Melbourne to Cairns on a pedal powered fact-finding mission? We talk to Greg Foyster about the trip and the book it inspired.

Sophie Benjamin — Former <em>Crikey</em> engagement editor

Sophie Benjamin

Former Crikey engagement editor

Greg Foyster used to be an ad man, until a chance viewing of  An Inconvenient Truth opened his eyes to the effect his profession was having on humanity, and the planet in general. He abandoned advertising and wanton consumerism, and hit the road with his girlfriend Sophie on a cycling trip from Melbourne to Cairns, visiting others who’ve decided to live simply along the way.
His book about the trip, Changing Gears: A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race, is an entertaining and honest look at the challenges of living a life outside of social norms.

Crikey: You guys are cycling up to Sydney for the book tour. How do you feel about getting back on the bike?

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