As Ryan sails from South Africa to Australia on board PSP Logistics, a predominantly Aussie boat, he takes the opportunity to glean some info from his Aussie crewmates about things to do and places to see in Australia. And the conversation goes like this:
Ryan: Tasha and I are talking about getting a camper van when we get to Oz and driving across the Nullarbor. I’ve always wanted to drive across Australia.
Aussie: What, from Albany?
Ryan: Or Perth. Wherever we can find a camper.
Aussie (Frowning and shaking his head): Don’t do that. Internal flights are cheap. Just fly to Adelaide or Sydney and then get a camper van.
(Other crew are nodding their heads in agreement. “Just fly to Sydney. Don’t waste your time,” they all say.)
Ryan: But I really want to drive across the Nullarbor. I want to see it.
Aussie: Why would you want to do that?! There’s nothing to see! It’s just desert. You can fly across it in a few hours.
Ryan (Looking out at the unchanged Southern Ocean expanse): What are you on about?! There’s nothing to see here either! We could have flown from Cape Town to Albany in a few hours, but instead we’ve been on a bloody boat for three weeks!
Aussie (Looking out at the water and shrugging): Fair point. But it’s still a terrible idea.
Tasha and Ryan both raced in Leg 1 of the Clipper Race from London to Rio de Janeiro and Leg 3 from Cape Town, South Africa to Albany, Australia, with Tasha competing on Henri Lloyd and Ryan competing on PSP Logistics. After getting off the boats in Australia, they have continued their circumnavigation of the globe using other modes of transport.