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!
October 2nd, 2002
Western AustraliaKununarra to 25k w of Kununarra
25.81 km today
10994.57 km total
16.0 mi today
6816.2 mi total

Doddled around Kunuarra all day, mostly getting this website up to date and making another food run. Mailed off the update and did some internet. By the time I got back to the hostel the sun was getting ready to set, needless to say it had cooled down enough to ride.

Pulled out of town and rode for a couple hours in the night. Wasn't paying attention and went off the road and on the gravel. When I left the road my rear tire hit kinda hard and after pedalling for a little while I realized my rear tire went flat. Therefore it was also time to make camp. Went about fixing the tires and discovered that the two big 40c tires I bought in Darwin were crap! I barely had 25k on one and it was falling apart. This took awhile to deal with. I had been debating about whether or not to pedal the 700k dirt road though the Kimberlys. With a lack of big tires now, I guess this pretty much made my decision. Part of me still really wants to go thought there since it will mean for a little more adventure... but I don't think the bike would handle it. The road is supposed to be chopped up pretty bad this time of year. Spent the next 20 minutes looking for my spoon, thought I left it at the hostel. I've carried that spoon this whole trip and can't lose it now. Found it eventually, yay! Going to bed earlier than normal so I can get going before daylight.

A quick shot of me and my bike loaded down
October 2nd, 2002