I hope this link can be opened ... proved a bit difficult for me but finally got there. The first article by Jacquie Furneaux is worth reading by those of you who know nothing about Australia or have formed perceptions based on movies and myths. Its a "Letter to my mother" by a British woman who spent 7 years riding around the world on her Enfield motorcycle. She tells her mother what it was like spending a year on the road in Australia. The article makes me want to jump on my bike and do another lap of Australia!!