Biking Around Australia

Between February 2002 and March 2003 I circumnavigated 12,504 miles around the Australian continent on my bicycle, or push bike as they say there. After that I went to New Zealand for three months and met up with a friend and ended up pushing the total mileage to 14,115.7 miles (22717.02 km). I spent 269 days on my bike, 272 days not on my bike, and getting 67 flat tires over those 17 months.

This is the route I took around Australia. Every few days I would update this YHA map with a marker and the route I more or less made up as I went along.

I started and ended my 13 month lap around Australia at Luna Park in St. Kilda/Melbourne.. The distance around Australia (including Tasmania) ended up being about 20,281km (12,600 miles).

February 12th, 2002 - 3:50pm
March 12th, 2003 - 3:12pm
I carried a 15 pound IBM Thinkpad 600E with five batteries over the course of the entire trip in order to keep this website updated on a weekly basis so people back home could follow me on my travels. I had a system setup where I'd back the photos up to CDs and mail them home every few weeks. To update the site, I primarily did it with 3.5 inch floppy disks. There are 542 daily journal entries on here. I redid the website in 2020 so it would show up on phones and such ok. I took 36,304 photos over the 17 months and 12321 of them ended up here on this website. As for the words, there are 119527 of them for you to read. I didn't start active journaling until a couple months into the journey. I've noted where I've added journal entries way after the fact based on recollections or notes I had from the time. Some people have actually read the the entire site and have seen every picture. Some entries were written the same day, others were not. Some entires are a thought-provoking and a wholly entertaining read, others are downright boring.
Lunky.com website 2001-2020

The MS Paint image I updated every few days
Also during the journey I carried a cardboard "clock" for this website I had started a year earlier called The Human Clock. Here it is on the Queensland/Northern Territory border
The Human Clock website was pretty popular then and it plus my bike trip got a quick blurb in the Sunday Times of London in September of 2002

One fun thing I did during my trip was to visit six "confluences", which is where a whole-numbered latitude/longitude mark intersects for The Degree Confluence Project.

This was also back when the GPS looked nice
Standing at 18°S 142°E
Thanks for reading!
July 10th, 2002
QueenslandThe Hamburger Hut to Sarina
112.6 km today
5701.08 km total
69.8 mi today
3534.5 mi total

Woof! Woof! Bark! Bark! Woof! Woof! Woof! Bark! Bark! Woof! Woof! Woof! Bark! Bark! Woof! Woof! Woof! Bark! Bark! Woof! Woof! Woof! Bark! Bark! Woof! Woof! Woof! Bark! Bark! Woof! Woof! Woof! Bark! Bark! Woof!

Had a rough nights sleep because a nearby dog kept barking all night long. I got up early at least. Ordered a big fat hamburger for breakfast. Yes, I had to eat meat...don't like to...but non-meat food is hard to come buy down here. The burgers were about the same size as the ones at Miners in Yakima, WA. Talked to the woman who worked there...she had been to Graceland, cried when she saw it. Also talked to a guy from Brisbane. They were trying to get going before the caravaners got out on the road. Seems they don't like people coming up from down south too much during the winter.

Kangaroos were bouncing around in the field across the highway...I'm told they are referred to as a "mob".

Had a tailwind for a good chunk of the day and rode pretty hard. Passed several constuction vehicles thoughout the day, everyone giving a friendly wave. Several cars passing also waved.

Radio reception came back in and I picked up the Spice Girls' "wannabe". Was actually kind of fun to sing along as I biked at a lot faster pace than normal. Reminded me of the time with Peter when we started singing that somewhere at a restaurant and the girl at the counter looked at us like "that song is sooo three years ago".

Got into Sarina and decided to end the day here. I could have gone on to Mackay, but decided there was no reason to since I'd be taking the day off there. The guy at the visitors center made me tea. I looked at maps there and am getting kind of excited to bike across the top under the Gulf. On the way back from the store I heard a noise and didn't think much of it...turns out it was one of my grocery sacks falling off. I went back later and got it sans apple (see below). Met a couple at the caravan park and he offered me a beer....he liked my joke about the grasshopper named Steve.

July 10th, 2002