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 29th, 2002
Western AustraliaNorthampton
0 km today
14504.42 km total
0.0 mi today
8992.4 mi total

Took today off. Mostly did odds and ends all day, like get this travel site up to date...and get it online again. The DNS got hosed along the way, taking the site down and two of my email accounts. Oh well.

There was a large dinner going on at the Convent. Seems they had mass and then this dinner was afterwards. I didn't know if I should have been drinking wine there last night, but there were two blocks of beer at the dinner...so I guess not. The dinner was to raise money for a camp that the Grade 6 kids go on. The kitchen was really busy because of this, so I had to wait a litte while to make dinner. One of the women gave me a piece of cheesecake. I read the paper and went upstairs to get the travel site up to date.

Normally this would have been a quiet day...but nope, there is more. I'm clacking away on the laptop in my room. I heard footsteps on the verandah outside coming closer to my door, followed by a "whump whump whump" sound on the door. I open it and there are two copys standing there. They said a large amount of money was stolen about 20 minutes ago and they wanted to come in and "have a look around". I told them I'd been up here for the last hour, but they could come in. Normally I'm not keen on this, but I'm in another country and would hate to get booted out after biking this far. Cop #1 went though all my stuff, opening everything up. Cop #2 did the "nice cop" routine and asked me about the biking trip and whatnot. It reminded me of hearing Jello Biafra's second spoken word album where he talks about the FBI cops tearing his place apart while the "nice" cop says things like "so do you make a lot of money being a rock star?" Anyway, they looked at my MSR fuel bottle for my campstove and asked what that was for. Cop #1 seemed annoyed that they he didn't find anything. I really wanted to ask if I could take a picture but didn't want to push my luck. It's a good thing I mailed those 30 license plates home yesterday! They left awhile later, and left me with another problem...about 30,000 mosquitoes made their way into my room since the cops left the door open. I tried to sleep but kept hearing this loud buzzing noise. Ended up getting up about 1:30am and went on a massive moquito killing spree.

November 29th, 2002