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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.
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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
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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 of them ended up here on this website. As for the words, there are 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
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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
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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!
Craig
September 27th, 2002
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Northern Territory35k e of River to 15k e of Timber Creek
104.87 km today
10713.19 km total
65.0 mi today
6641.8 mi total

Started to rain early this morning. I was to lazy to get up and put the rainfly on. After thinking really hard trying to make the rain stop...it did. Woke up a couple hours later and there were exactly 12,000,000,000,000,

000,000,000,000,873,

000,000,000,020,000,

000,000,000,000,000,

000,000,000,000,345,

000,000 flies covering my tent. Decided to just pack up and leave. Took awhile though since I was eating one granola bar for every item I would pack away.

About 20k down the road a van passed me and stopped. It was the guy from yesterday afternoon. He was already about four beers into his morning and it wasn't even 10am. He offered me one but I declined. He told me more stories about girls and stuff. He had all these stories of attractive girls in their 20s falling all over him. The guy ain't Brad Pitt by a long shot, he even describes himself as "ugly as fuck." I thought he might had been putting me on until he went and got some pictures. Most of the photos were of some sort of very attractive girl with their arms wrapped around him, with him looking about 18 sheets to the wind. He's heading west so I'll probably see him up the line.

Some brush fires in the distance plus a lot of flies. I saw that tree burning off in the distance so I walked up to it and got some video.
September 27th, 2002
104.87km
65.0mi