John Eltin Ahern wasn't always a suburbanite living down here at the bottom end of the world – playing music in the pubs and sailing his Hobie16 catamaran every day for 8 months of the year. No Sir! He was once a great traveller and no trip was too hard. Hating goodbyes, he would tell his poor mother (in Kinsale, Southern Ireland) that he was off hitch-hiking for a few days fishing to Killarney or somewhere and a week later she would receive a postcard from Greece, Bulgaria, North Africa or the Shetland Islands - and that was before the word 'backpacker' was invented! Eventually he travelled too far east thru Afghanistan, India and Thailand and bumped into Australia, hitch-hiking from Perth to The Riverina in New South Wales (with the 'Rice Bowl Beauty Queen'). Some years later he bumped into Australia again (she's a big place mate!) this time coming from the east across the Pacific after Driving NY to LA and then hiking all the way south to Chile. The car broke down near Adelaide after he drove down from Darwin and as he was about to move on he was offered a job driving the outback showing suitcases of samples to farmers and graziers, many of them on remote sheep stations.
Since then there were more trips: E Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary when the Berlin wall came down, just drifting about and jumping trains and ‘first in’ when Romania opened, rambling around Transylvania, Moldavia and the Black Sea, once again jumping slow trains wherever possible – love trains! A few trips to ‘The Great Excited trips of America’, hitch-hiking north and up the coast of Maine etc.,
The last few trips have been through Indonesia – Bali, Maluku, Sulawesi, E & W Kalimantan, Java, Sumatra, Sarawak, Brunei & Sabah in Borneo to Mindanao and Visayas. This year’s trip might be Bali to Halmahera via the islands of Lombok, Flores, Sumbah, W Timor, Kai, Tanimbar etc., but that’s just a vague itinerary. Tales of ‘rough travel’ and Youtube Videos on [[Link Removed]
Indonesia, Greece, Middle East, S America, Scotland, SE Asia, Maine USA, and Sailing off the local beach, Seacliff, Gulf St Vincent in South Australia