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!
August 11th, 2002
QueenslandCairns to Yungabarra
95 km today
7352.13 km total
58.9 mi today
4558 mi total

Went to pack this morning and as I was talking to Peter, noticed my rear tire was flat. "Argh!". I had changed into my smaller tires last night and was now being cursed with them. This didn't count as a flat though because I hadn't ridden the bike any.

Headed on a quick side trip to go see Maree street and then back to Peter's place. As I was packing I asked his girlfriend Karen about that "Am I ever going to see your face again?" song. She said that it was by this group called the Angels and the audience response to the chorus was "no way! get fucked! fuck off!" She said that at a school dance in the 10th grade they played that song and when the chorus came up, everyone in the audience screamed "their part". The lights came on and the school instructors sent everyone home.

Said goodbye to Peter and Karen and got out of town around 11:00am. A little south of town my front tire became flat. Argh Pt 2. Glass again. As I was fixing it a car pulled up, it was Peter and Karen. We chuckled a bit about the situation as I fixed the tire. Said goodbye again and headed south.

It was a nice ride through the countryside and on up the Gillies range. The Gillies is this mountain range that is about 900m, 2700 feet high, and about a 18k climb. It was a nice climb up the hill, I kept singing "no way! get fucked! fuck off!" to entertain myself up the mountain.

Eventually it leveled off and it started to rain pretty good. It was getting dark so I figured I'd just head to Yungabarra. Got there and went to the store. Bought a bunch of food. As I was paying for it the girl was trying to give me a deal on a whole roasted chicken, seems they had to many. I didn't want one despite the $3.50 US price. Headed towards the Caravan park and after a couple K of riding, got tired of waiting for it to appear. Found a park off to the left with this giant field. I went down the edge of the fence and discovered a little shelter. This worked out great since it was raining and I could stay dry. The shelter even came with a rusty hammer to fight off intruders...what a bonus.

August 11th, 2002