The Accidental Experiment
Remember the fable about the tortoise and the hare? Aesop the storyteller from ancient Greece invented this little tale to show that slow and steady wins the race.
Well we weren’t racing. And as the tortoises, we weren’t riding that slowly. And the hare, a most unlikely hare at that, wasn’t trying to drive her car that fast. It was really just an accidental experiment that happened on the way to the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival.
The morning traffic was snaking through the main road out of Byron Bay. At the roundabout near the police station, we rode confidently heading out of town towards the festival site. A friendly Beep! Beep! made me look around. A small black sedan with a smiling face and a waving arm passed by, giving us a wide berth (an extra metre for being friends we later laughed). We waved back and pedalled on, perhaps a little faster, excited to be heading to Day 1 of the festival.
It’s about five kilometres out to the festival site which by bicycle takes us about 20 minutes. Along the way we pass car after car after car as they queue two kilometres along the road into the festival site and even further back towards the highway (see the video below for a glimpse of the ride to the festival).
Being the first day, we have to queue to receive orange wristbands signalling our 3 day passes. We lock our bikes inside the festival fence, check the program and head over to the Feros marquee to watch Kate Grenville, Barrie Cassidy and Ramona Kavol talk about writing a memoir of a parent’s life, known and unknown. The session is yet to start but the tent is already full. We stand behind the last row of white plastic chairs.
Four minutes later (I took note for good reason) a friendly familiar face stands beside us. We three laugh loud.
“You beat me!” says Ms Hare.
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