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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
November 17th, 2002
day-289_exmouth-to-62k-n-of-coral-bay
Western AustraliaExmouth to 62k n of Coral Bay
97.72 km today
13754.18 km total
60.6 mi today
8527.3 mi total

Headed out of Exmouth into a slight headwind which gradually got stronger. Stopped under a tree for a couple hours, one of the few I've seen on this whole stretch of road. I took a nap and when I woke up the wind was in a full force gale wind. I hopped back onto the bike and got riding, at a whopping 7km/hr. This kind of put me in a crap mood. I stopped to refill my water and an oncoming car stopped. There were two cute girls in their early 20's inside. They talked to me awhile and then drove off when another car was coming. I continued riding and new things were not good when two cute girls couldn't even cheer me up. Eventually pulled off the road and camped near a large termite mound. It was kind of nice camp, sat there under the stars with tunes playing out of the laptop. Hopefully the wind won't be so bad tomorrow.

November 17th, 2002
97.72km
60.6mi