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 26th, 2002
Northern Territory100k se of Borroloola to Borroloola
112 km today
8810.54 km total
69.4 mi today
5462.2 mi total

Today ended up being a pretty long day. Was up pretty early, but went and had coffee with Ben. Mick and Nick had taken the dogs out in search of a pig...they found one. I thanked them (thanks again guys) and headed out around 9am. Had a nice morning ride since the road was pretty good. I knocked out 30k pretty quick and figured if things kept going the way they were I'd be in Borrololla around 2pm. They didn't.... Got a flat tire awhile later, same old rim puncture. Kind of hard to avoid rim punctures with all this weight on rough roads. I ended up stopping to make lunch...plain rice. It was pretty much all I had left to eat. I spent about an hour there. Good thing I picked that time to stop, because in that hour, five road trains driving very fast came screaming down the road. Had I been on the road I would have had to be scurrying away from the road once they were coming. Instead I sat in the bush and took pictures of them going by.

The road turned to crap again, thick bulldust roads that almost knocked me over a couple times. It was starting to really test my patience there for awhile and I wasn't having that good of a time. I got about 30k from Borrololla and saw a small sign at a creek that read "Macpherson Creek", I thought of Elle. When I passed the westward facing sign awhile later, I turned to look at it and noticed an extension off of it with the letters whited out. "Elle". I laughed and took my electrical tape and put Elle back in. Ended up removing it again after I took a photo, so I can't be considered a vandal (but it was and "enhancement")

The last push into Borrololla seemed to take forever. The road was terrible and bouncing me all over the place. Dust was everywhere. I finally got to the paved road and into the town awhile later. There is a bush fire burning out west and it made for a pretty sunset. This town is a bit run down and there are barbed wire/chain link fences around a lot of the places. Seems to be a pretty rough Aboriginal town. "2 Pac boyz" and "little homiez" were spray painted on the road...good old American culture making it's way around the globe.

Was going to hang out in the morning here but will probalby just head to Cape Crawford. At least it is paved the whole way so the ride should be a little smoother.

August 26th, 2002