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!
December 1st, 2002
Western AustraliaGreenough to Dongara
42.99 km today
14632.74 km total
26.7 mi today
9072 mi total

Had a heck of a time today...wind wind wind. The ride was pretty uneventful overall. Left the "S" bend caravan park, man the guy that ran it sure was nice. It was very slow going and it took forever to get anywhere. I pulled into Dongara. Being tha it was 2pm on a Sunday, everything was closed except for the bar. I was hungry so I pulled a rock star move and went to a nice little cafe for lunch. Had a homeade veggie burger and a cookie. Read the Sunday paper until she closed up shop around 4pm. By then it looked like the wind wasn't going to get any better, so I decided to call it a day here. The caravan park was pretty windy so I opted for the hostel. The guy let me camp outside in the big tent. I told him being out there in the big tent was better than having to unload the whole bike. Spent the rest of the night listening to Triple-J radio waiting for..bum de dum, a Bob Mould interview to come on. Listened to the interview, the rest will be on next week...a shame I'm going to miss the show.

Ok, the above was written about a month after the fact, I finally found my original entry on my hard disk...here it is:

Woke up about 2:00am and the wind was slapping the rainfly of my tent around.

Woke up about 2:45am and the wind was slapping the rainfly of my tent around.

Woke up about 3:12am and the wind was slapping the rainfly of my tent around.

Woke up about 3:31am and the wind was slapping the rainfly of my tent around.

Woke up about 3:33am and the wind was slapping the rainfly of my tent around.

Woke up about 4:12am and the wind was slapping the rainfly of my tent around.

Woke up about 5:15am and the wind was slapping the rainfly of my tent around.

Ended up yanking the poorly secured rainfly off the tent and stuffing it underneath. It can rain all it wants....I just want some sleep I figured. Woke up for good at about 6:00am and it was windy windy windy. I kinda screwed around all morning hoping it would stop, but it just got worse. I took off about 10:00am. Found a girly magazine on the side of the road. Usually when you see a magazine on the side of the road it is either a girly mag, house decorating mag, or a TV guide. I stopped at about 20km and thumbed through the girly magazine. It was kinda boring. Whoever invented the video capture must be rolling in the dough, because all these magazines with the "hot celebrity nude photos" are lame. All the "pictures" consist of are video grabs from some obscure movies that some actress made when she was 18.000001 years old and trying to get into the movie business. Anyway, this was about the most exciting thing to happen today. Wind was blowing hard so after a whopping 40km I called it good which I reached Dongora. It was a Sunday which meant the entire town except for the pubs were closed. I did find a small cafe that was open. It had actualy real food, like homeade veggie burgers. After a couple hours there I headed to the hostel. They guy there was cool and he let me sleep in the tent outside...since I was too lazy to unload the bike and load it all back up 10 hours later. Bob Mould was interviewed on Triple J radio and they played part of the interview that night. I would have missed the interview (out of radio range) had the wind not been blowing...so maybe it was a good thing. Oh yeah, today is the first day of Summer.

December 1st, 2002