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October 2, 2006 11:12 PM

"Plan B" Becomes "Plan A"

BV Baltrum TraderDARWIN, AUSTRALIA - I've finally found a boat; my ticket off this continent, though it didn't play out like I expected.

Darwin, for all its talk of being culturally diverse and 'on the doorstep of Asia' seems to me to be completely cut off from everything North of it. My only hope of sailing out of Darwin was with a private yacht; an opportunity that I wasn't able to find in my time there.

Due to my inability to get myself across that tiny stretch (600km) of sea, I'll likely be adding 10,000 km to my trip as I backtrack overland, then take the long way around Australia (via Perth then through the Indonesian archipelego) by cargo ship.

I'll be sailing to Asia as 1 of only 3 passengers aboard the BV Baltrum Trader; A 200m long container ship that's scheduled to leave the port of Melbourne on or around Oct 8th. It's next port of call will be Singapore, where I plan to jump ship and start the Asian leg of my circumnavigation.

Anyone who's at all familiar with the geography of Australia will quickly realize that Melbourne is back where I came from. Darwin is in the extreme North-West of the continent and Melbourne, in the extreme South-East. This last month has essentially been a 6000km dead end. Such is life.

Now all I have to do is cross this country one last time. I have three days before I need to check in in Melbourne. I smell another epic Greyhound bus ride.


clutch said:

keep on trucking. we are rooting for you down here.

October 4, 2006 09:40 AM
Martin said:

I hope your Greyhound-neighbour is bearable and not some aromatic, overweight, overtalkative woman with a fetish for 28 year canadian backpackers...

October 6, 2006 10:21 AM
Andrew Bell said:


Container ships rock and bring back memories (*tear*)

October 12, 2006 11:41 PM
Michelle said:

Sounds like fun! I would love to do something like that. Who did you book the ship trip through?

November 30, 2006 10:48 AM