Sunday Herald Sun - - Front Page - KATHY MCCABE

IT was the day Pink wanted to quit. Not singing, not per­form­ing but tour­ing Aus­tralia on a mo­tor­cy­cle with her mo­tocross cham­pion hus­band, Carey Hart.

As Pink pre­pares to an­nounce her Beau­ti­ful Trauma tour dates tonight, the What About Us pop su­per­star re­called the night she col­lapsed in a bawl­ing, bug-smeared heap by the side of an Aus­tralian high­way.

The 38-year-old has also told of her love af­fair with Mel­bourne — her big­gest mar­ket per capita in the world — and the spe­cial young fan she be­friended at a con­cert.

Before her high­way break­down, Pink and Hart had taken time out from the record-break­ing Fun­house tour for a 1600km road trip from Cairns to Bris­bane when they rode into a trop­i­cal storm and a plague of in­sects.

For the woman renowned for fly­ing through the air with the great­est of ease dur­ing her con­certs, the bug on­slaught was “the worst day of my life”.

She can laugh heartily about it now — as her teas­ing hus­band does — but not so much back in July 2009, when the Amer­i­can star cou­ple found them­selves stranded in the mid­dle of nowhere.

“Oh god, there were so many bugs that I was cry­ing while I was rid­ing,” she said.

“And there were all the signs which say watch out for wal­la­bies and kan­ga­roos ev­ery­where, so I was just wait­ing to be taken out by a kan­ga­roo while eat­ing the most pro­tein I have had in my life.

“Fi­nally, I had enough and I pulled over. And (Carey) kept go­ing be­cause he doesn’t look be­hind him. I sat down by the side of the road by my­self in the mid­dle of nowhere for 15 min­utes un­til he came back.”

Hart found his wife “rock­ing back and forth” on the gravel and dirt. He didn’t im­prove the mood of his ex­hausted part­ner when he grinned widely and de­clared their Aus­tralian road ad­ven­ture “the best trip ever”.

“He had a ban­dana over his mouth and takes off his gog­gles and it is the only part of his body which is not cov­ered in green slime from bugs. And I looked at him and started bawl­ing,” she said.

“I told him, ‘This is the worst day of my life, I’m not go­ing any fur­ther.’

“And he’s like, ‘You can’t stay here. It’s only 88km to the next gas sta­tion, we’ll call a ho­tel and get them to come and get us.’

“I was like, ‘I quit, I’m done, I would rather die.’ He keeps telling me it’s only

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