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!
November 20th, 2002
Western AustraliaCoral Bay
0 km today
13816.18 km total
0.0 mi today
8565.7 mi total

Today we went scuba diving!

We got the boat all loaded up and took off. There were about 12 of us diving and Yulva was my dive buddy. I went to put my gear on and couldn't figure out why the heck the BCD (the part that holds on the tank and fits onto your back) was all messed up. Turns out my mind was somewhere else when I put it onto the tank, I had the BCD mounted on the tank...upside down. I've set up scuba gear about 30 times now and this was the first, trust me. I did get everything swiched around before anyone noticed...except Yulva who was probably a bit unnerved since I was going to be diving with her.

The first dive was pretty good, saw a lot of different things. I have a few movies from the dive (but aren't uploaded yet...need to edit them). The second dive was my favorite of the two. Saw an eel that came up to one guy and checked him out. Didn't see any sea turtles.

Later that afternoon we went down to the beach and messed around. I went to make a sandcastle and it turned into a "2:16" castle. Also got some good footage of me trying to recreate the scene in The Karate Kid where he is doing that little bird kick thingy on the beach.

The store was closed so we all got fish and chips. (Everyone thank Rob!)

November 20th, 2002