David McGonigal is an award winning travel writer, a widely-translated author and an internationally-exhibited photographer. He has also spent seven years of his life riding motorcycles around the world and works as an expedition leader in Antarctica. David has twice motorcycled around the world and in 1998 became the first person ever to ride on all seven continents (including Antarctica). His most recent world ride covered all 24 time zones. The last zone was New Zealand’s – and that was fitting as it was here that he first travelled with his Yamaha RD350 in 1973. David has led treks in Nepal and cycling tours of China; hitch-hiked from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Mount Everest, and conducted walking tours in Chile, India, Botswana, and Borneo. As a Diamond-badged sailplane pilot he was part of a team that set an Australian national height record. As a certified scuba diver, David has dived much of the Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Western Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, the Red Sea and the Galapagos. He has white-water rafted on several continents and he led trips down Tasmania’s Franklin River and Nepal’s Trisuli River. When he is not exploring the poles (or adventuring somewhere warmer) David lives in Sydney. His website is www. davidmcgonigal.com.