I set foot in Australia resolved to keep an open mind to new experiences. As I cycled around Tasmania reaping the benefits of one experience, I learned keeping an open mind compounds.
I met Rowan in the quiet seaside village of Swansea (pop. 866) in the Swansea Backpackers hostel. In an example of, how you can learn one thing from each person you meet, I discovered Rowan arrived in Hobart to do a three-week hitchhiking loop of Tasmania.
One week later, I set off to hitchhike for the first time from Batman Fawkner Inn, Launceston to Cradle Mountain, two hours and 141km away.