The story of our cycling odyssey up Australia has now been published in a book, titled Changing Gears: A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race.

Check out the cover, blurb and inside endorsements:

Changing Gears: A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race, Affirm Press, 2013

Greg Foyster quits his job in advertising and decides to live more simply. Looking for inspiration, he and his partner Sophie Chishkovsky cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally) scouting out ideas.

Preposterously underprepared, they are propelled by the many inspiring and eccentric characters they meet – from a forest activist living up a tree to an 18th-century woodsman and a monk walking barefoot through Queensland.

Featuring eye-opening encounters with DIY downshifters and leading figures in sustainability, Changing Gears is a jaunty adventure that explores an important question for the future: can we be happier with less?

Praise for Changing Gears:

“From advertising to dumpster diving. A fascinating account of one couple’s journey to live by their principles.” Craig Reucassel, The Chaser and The Checkout

“If your lifestyle clashes with your values, if you want to change how you live but need a push to get you there, this is a must-read book for you.” Rhonda Hetzel, author of Down to Earth

 “Greg is funny, insightful and sometimes painfully honest. But Sophie is hilarious!” Tanya Ha, author of Greeniology 2020

 “A compelling ride to the future we are all creating.” Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia

“Their adventures together are funny, poignant and life-changing…” David Enticott, The Sunday Age – See more at:
“Their adventures together are funny, poignant and life-changing…” David Enticott, The Sunday Age – See more at:

“Their adventures together are funny, poignant and life-changing…” David Enticott, The Sunday Age

Sunday Age Faith column David Enticott cropped“Inviting his readers into their adventure, Foyster often addresses us directly. This, with observations and reflections about our world offered with self-deprecating humour, makes this book an utter treat. Verdict: possibly life-changing.” Cheryl Jorgensen, The Courier MailMediaportal Report

“Narrating their journey in a lighthearted way, the reams of information Greg relays are nicely balanced by the eccentric characters the couple meet…an informative text that’s an accessible read – the stories throughout the journey are inspiring, and never overwhelming…” Readings Monthly

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Some copies of the book are still available in Dymocks stores and independent bookstores (check the travel section or memoir section), but you’re better off picking it up online at one of the following sites:

Affirm Press website





You can read reviews and media here.

You can see upcoming events here.





19 Responses to Book

  1. Greg Foyster says:

    Absolutely. Details coming soon…

  2. Greg Cugola says:

    Have wanted to do this for years.

    Never had the nerve.

    Maybe this book will help.

  3. Chris says:

    I walked into the bookshop, back in early October, not even having heard of Greg Foyster so definitely not looking for your book.

    But yours stood out. The loose and friendly nature of the cover design amongst the cliched covers, immediately caught my eye and I instinctively knew it would be an enjoyable read. I was more than a bit rapt to discover the subject matter was also very appealing.

    A very enjoyable, enlightening and thought provoking (and change provoking) read. And yet, I never felt preached to. It felt like another white-collar guy like me, on a journey of discovering the burgeoning need to “change gears” and genuinely re-think values.

    I’m just disappointed I missed your book signing in my town. Next book. :D

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