Magpies bomb rollerblader

MATS Frankl is rollerblading around the world in the name of peace, but it's a shame Queensland magpies don't understand that.

The Swedish-born rollerblader was under attack on the Bruce Highway between Gympie and Maryborough yesterday.

“I've been attacked by birds before but not like today,” he said as he rolled in to the Heritage City about 4pm.

“One bird followed me for 2km and a couple smashed into my helmet.

“Usually when they see the waggly things I've put on my helmet they take off. It's also unusual because their breeding season should have finished by now.”

Mr Frankl, 44, has rollerbladed 5600km through nine European countries, Canada and Australia.

On September 17, he started rolling from Sydney, heading north passing through Newcastle, Nelson Bay, Forster, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Lismore, Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast.

“I have now rollerbladed over 1200km in Australia,” he said.

“My goal is Cooktown, then its through Asia, Africa, East Europe, South America, New Zealand and back to Melbourne and Sydney.”

Mr Frankl said his quest to be the first person to rollerblade around the world was in support of world peace.

He sold most of his possessions to achieve his dream of 15 years; his wife Lisa and two children Jakob, 2, and Noa, 10 months, are travelling with him in a van.

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