May 03, 2004


Fair and balanced ABC correspondent John Shovelan is cycling across the US. If any American readers spot the Bush-hating lefty bikey, please say hi from me.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 3, 2004 03:19 AM

Dibs on the hippie hood ornament!

Posted by: Richard McEnroe at May 3, 2004 at 03:23 AM

Well, his route won't take him through my neck o' the woods, unless he really veers north. But he could be heading northwest from Flagstaff. If so, I might be able to spot him later this summer, as I have business in that part of the country.

I'll keep you informed...

And his comment of "It's like riding a bicycle into an old western." Please! No romanticism. Besides, the old westerns had guns. Wouldn't that be against his religion, beliefs, creed, or whatever he adheres to?

Posted by: JeffS at May 3, 2004 at 03:45 AM

Making his journey more difficult, Bush has deviously placed mountains and hills in his path.

Posted by: Perfectsense at May 3, 2004 at 04:13 AM


With which fender would you like me to greet him for you?

Posted by: JohnO at May 3, 2004 at 07:01 AM

Interstate 10 runs from Los Angeles, California to Jacksonville, Florida. It's unfortunate that he hasn't decided to take this route, as it runs through my city.

I'd be sure to give him a heartfelt welcome.

Posted by: david at May 3, 2004 at 07:39 AM

He's lying! He is not biking across America, he's making it up. Just listen to this drivel he writes:

"18-wheeler American economy..."

Absolute drivel. Just ask John Kerry - we have a McDonald's economy with low-paying McJobs.

"Along the way I met a toothpick of a man easily in his 50s..."

Everyone knows Americans are fat...

"...who was a few days off completing the west to east run"

...and lazy!

"altitude of over 2,000-metres..."

We don't have metres. We have miles and miles of miles and miles, with a few feet thrown in for altitude.

Someone buy this poor devil an atlas immediately!

Posted by: Ken Summers at May 3, 2004 at 10:06 AM

Whoa, I did something really bad with that comment.

Posted by: Ken Summers at May 3, 2004 at 10:08 AM

Looks like modern poetry.

Posted by: Bill Hobbs at May 3, 2004 at 10:24 AM

Ken, if you can turn that magnificent posting style into an anti-war poster, a book deal just might be in your future. ;)

Posted by: PW at May 3, 2004 at 12:28 PM

Dude, you left some forward slashes out of your "blockquote" tags. I would fix it but it looks so intriguing that I am inclined to leave it. Doesn't seem to have broken the blog.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at May 3, 2004 at 12:36 PM

i thought you were trying to suggest he, like, rides over a cliff or into the grand canyon or something ...

Posted by: ilibcc at May 3, 2004 at 12:55 PM

Have things changed? When I tried to bike cross-country in the 70's, you couldn't bicycle on the Interstates... at least not in the East.

Posted by: Richard McEnroe at May 3, 2004 at 01:37 PM

Chicago hockey!

Posted by: mojo at May 3, 2004 at 03:11 PM

I'm hoping he gets some attention from fellow travellers along the lines of fellow lefties Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. BTW, I'm offering incentives to give ol' Johnnie some assistance in inspecting the bitumen.

Posted by: Habib at May 3, 2004 at 07:08 PM

Look on the bright side. While he's peddling across the country-side, he's not peddling in Washington.

The man's World Today missives are so depressing that my radio keeps trying to kill itself.

Posted by: Craig Mc at May 4, 2004 at 12:25 AM