intention in picking the team for Overland Australia was to create
an eclectic group of individuals who represented a wide spectrum
of ages, social backgrounds and nationalities.
CRISTER BRADY (high school student)
native of Santa Barbara in California, Crister will be joining
the Overland Australian team as a seasoned cross-country rider.
Despite his young age he has an impressive resume of biking
achievements, including completion of the Great Divide Mountain
Bike Route - 2400 miles of self-contained touring from the
Canadian to Mexican border - last year. He had also completed
two 100-mile rides by the time he was 12.
CHAMBERLAIN (thrill seeker)
will be joining the team hopeful of seeing some rare native
flora. In recent years she has been working on re-vegetation/conservation
projects in National Parks and wilderness areas of Victoria,
and in Melbourne as a gardener, child minder, pet shop assistant,
and office clerk where her fancy has led her. She has also
worked as a volunteer for the MS Society with her Chihuahua
as a therapy dog. Besides learning the Welsh Gaelic language,
she is an avid gardener, pianist and reader. When shes
not tree climbing (also known as having a pet Rosella) shes
bush walking, canoeing and riding antique bicycles in the
mountains of southeastern Australia, which are home to her.
GRAY (high school leaver)
enjoy reading, running, cycling, eating ice cream on hot days,
going out with my friends and doing triathlons. My favourite
team sports are soccer and volleyball.
Just recently I finished a course
in outdoor recreation. Learning how to abseil, rock climb,
hike, prepare food in the bush (and make it look like something
you would eat), first aid etc. Only a few weeks ago I was
wondering what I would do for the next 6 months when my mum
spotted an article in the newspaper saying that Expedition
360 was looking for teenagers to cycle from Cairns to Darwin.
After the expedition I plan to
go to Tasmania. My mums family lives there, and I would
like to get a job in the Outdoor Recreation industry.
MARGIT (Git) DIJKSTRA (medical student)
Git was born in the USA, moved
to Holland, then back to the US, then to Holland, then to
the US. Then to Holland. And then, for something new, to the
US. She figured she might as well feel uprooted for a while
longer, so agreed to be dumped by a tour bus onto the side
of the Australian Plenty Highway, to be kidnapped by a group
of really scary Expedition cyclists and whisked off to an
existence of poor hygiene, worse nutritional intake, and atrocious
social skills. A flutist in her former life, she now leaves
behind a third year at Ohio State University College of Medicine,
several perplexed friends, two cats (Schmutz & Bugsy),
clean hair, the coolest sister ever, and two parents who show
incredible tolerance and patience toward their peripatetic
eldest, for whom theyd held out so much hope.
MIKE RONEY (truck salesman)
Salt Lake City
college major was art, both 2 and 3 dimensional. I've spent
most of my career in the trucking industry, as a heavy-duty
truck salesperson. It is an industry that epitomizes the "melting
pot" of America and therefore has allowed me to experience
the wonderment of people from diverse backgrounds. I have
a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and have also taught
children and young adults to enjoy this art. I have coached
little guys in "American" football and reveled in
seeing them grow. I have completed 3 Triathlons, a Marathon,
love to ski (water or snow), hike and camp. I have tried many
sports. Though I have been on a mountain bike, I have never
been on one for very long.
became involved with the expedition in 1996 while Jason was
recuperating from his broken legs in Pueblo, Colorado, USA.
She has since directly participated on two of the major sections
of the circumnavigation: biking 1,700 miles from Colorado
to San Francisco (July-Sept 1996) and pedaling Moksha 1,100
miles from the Solomon Island to Pt. Douglas, Australia (July-August
2000). She is also involved with all manner of expedition
support activities, such as finances, the 501 c 3 Non-for
Profit Organization, the educational programs and mucking
out horse stables.
father Jim will be joining us for the latter section of the
ride. Jim has twenty-eight years' experience in educational
administration and instruction (both international and domestic)
with emphasis on curriculum development, experiential education
and conflict resolution. In 1981 he co-founded 'Educational
Safaris', an initiative set up to take youngsters on outward
bounds biking safaris to Kenya, Hawai'i, Mexico, Great Britain,
Ireland and within the United States. He is currently a teacher/administrator
at Santa Barbara Middle School in California.
ANDREWS (outback bush guide and artist)
Born in Adelaide. Brought up on a
sheep station 100 miles from Broken Hill. Left home at the tender
age of nine years old to complete primary and secondary schooling
at Scotch College as a boarder. I always wanted to return to
the land and therefore did not hesitate to join the family farm
and business after finishing high school. Our family had "
Glen Lyon" and "Grasmere" sheep stations for
many years. My father Rex is a man of the land and he always
managed to ride the lows and highs of life and the seasons by
saying "Just Another Day". In fact, I co-wrote a song
for his 80th birthday with my songwriter friend Gert Admiraal.
It was the first time I saw Rex express his joy when the song
was played to him...
NORLIA CARRUTHERS (arts and community volunteer)
the last 6 years I have been involved in doing voluntary work
for the arts community in Cairns and at the same time assisting
my partner John Andrews in developing and promoting his acoustic
painting show. Recently, I have been elected to be on the
committee of the Cairns Multicultural Community for the Centenary
of Federation to help organise this national festival in Cairns.
I met Jason through my partner John Andrews and became interested
in helping out with the expedition. I have always been interested
in arts and culture and the school exchange project presents
an opportunity for me to learn the cultural diversity of the
REBECCA LAWSON (photographer)
for cultural exchange program
introduction to the world of photography in high school totally
changed my life. Aside from working in a camera store for
the past nine years Ive also taught photography in various
inner-city youth programs. Ive recently mentored and
led workshops for an American Indian photo program in Minneapolis
called "New Voices". They put out a quarterly newspaper
with high school kids and have various photo/film workshops.
I also have a studio and freelance in my spare time, mostly
for musicians and some fashion. My main focus that I am concentrating
on however is my artwork. I currently have five pieces in
a benefit show for PArts gallery.
TODD PAULSEN (videographer)
tries to keep his work life varied. Over the last decade he
has been a cashier, bus boy, bus driver, driver trainer, hospital
janitor, plastics molder, transportation planner, demographer,
Alaskan tour guide and bike messenger. His most peculiar job
was selling red noses for a day in New Zealand. Whilst at
university, Todd performed with a comedy troupe and gained
his editing experience documenting their performances. Hes
been logging Jasons adventures across the Pacific for
a future documentary and is thrilled to be a part of such
a momentous excursion. He currently resides in San Francisco.
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of this leg including maps, updates and
the spin-off educational programs.
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