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 8th, 2002
Western AustraliaHalls Creek to Mary Pool Rest Stop
113 km today
11467.13 km total
70.1 mi today
7109.2 mi total

Got out of the carvan park a whole 30 minutes earlier than normal, yay! Had a really fast ride for the first 60k or so. Grubby stopped and turned around. He found a People magazine on the side of the road. This isn't People magazine like in the US, down here People magazine is a boobs n butts magazine. (The AU equiv.of the US People magazine is called Who). We stopped at the Laura River bridge and spent a couple hours underneath it eating, sleeping, and me dragging wood around to make a clock photo.

Slowed up a little for the rest of the day. Ended up at a rest stop called Mary's Pool. No water here, the info center gave us bunk information. We were able to get some off of some other people staying here. One of the couples is from Broome. He said that in about 6 weeks it will be getting up to 56c out on the highway south of Broome, good thing I'll be getting through there before then. The other people we got water from were from Canada, Holland, and Switzerland. They met Simon a couple hours ago in Halls Creek. They said all the Aboriginal kids were having fun chasing him on his recumbent bike. With him a day behind us we should all meet up in Fitzroy Crossing...cool.

Biking with Grubby, finding roadside, uh reading material.
October 8th, 2002