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Skaters in the News:

American Pursues World Record in Skate Trek Around Australia

His Goal Is to Circumnavigate the Country, Travel 10,000 Miles

By Robert "Just the Factoids" Burnson

Two weeks into his planned 10,000-mile skate around Australia, Joe Rehana has contended with sore muscles, blisters, bruises, rain, bumpy roads and fast-moving traffic on highways without shoulders.

He doesn't have much good to report about the roads.

But he says he is "loving the other side of Australia: the fun people, the great weather, the beautiful scenes, the loads of birds, the food, the ocean, the night sky" and more.

The 35-year-old Illinois resident hopes his Australian trek will earn him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest skate.

He has come 300 miles so far -- from Brisbane to near Coffs Harbour.

He reports today on his web log ( that he expects his first set of wheels to last for two more days. "They're getting closer to nubs," he said.

Rehana is no stranger to transcontinental skating. In 1993, he skated the 3000 miles from Santa Monica, Calif., to Virginia Beach, Va. It took him three months.

He is making his Australian trek without a support vehicle to protect him from traffic.

That means, he has to move to the side of the road -- or get off the road -- every time a car approaches behind him.

He transports his own gear, pushing it ahead of him in a Chariot jogging stoller.

Watching the scenery roll by has made him wish he had more time to linger. "I have to learn to surf and get back and really enjoy this coast," he said.

(posted on June 15, 2005)

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