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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
January 3rd, 2003
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Didn't get to bed until about 3am (again) this morning, working on the clock site as usual. Took the dogs for a 2am walk. They heard the rustling of the plastic sacks and knew those were the poop bags...which meant they got to go for a walk. I was going to take them earlier but found another stupid bug on the clock site. I thought I had everything worked out with the submissions, then a guy from France wrote me saying that his picture was coming up blank. Took an hour to fix that. The clock site is fun, but it sure has it's downside at times. Anyway, took the doggies for a walk. If I was Jane Goodall I'd write something about Denali was acting a bit detached from Zelda and I, like he wasn't one of the group. I think it might have been the fact that Zelda nor I had the desire to pee on every single thing that lied between 70 and 90 degrees of vertical.

Woke up around 9am to the dogs barking. The mailman came with vacuum packed cookies from Katrina and Steve in Melbourne. (thank you!) Katrina was experimenting with vacuum packing cookies and wanted to know how well they mailed. I was going to save them for awhile, but I thought I'd better help her out with her experiment and eat 3/4 of them before getting back up to make coffee.

Made plans to meet Dave and Simon later on today. Had to get stuff ready to mail home and stuff. Somehow I ended up out of the house and down to the train station. Took the train to Fremantle. I was going to meet Simon at 3pm to go and see Bon Scott's grave. He was there already with a couple other people. Turns out he got a last minute gig taking down Christmas decorations and had to bag out. He's staying in Perth for awhile to make his bank account go the other direction..so those of you that have been reading this site...you probably won't be seeing Simon anytime soon.

Walked around Fremantle...nice place. Probably need to be staying here to have it to the fullest. My friend Jeff said this was one of his favorite spots in Australia. I walked to the tourist info place to get a map. The woman at the counter said hi. I wanted to go against my male instinct just ask where Fremantle cemetery was...so I did. She just said..."yes...Bon Scott's grave...go down high street and it is a long way off..you might want to take the bus". Oh great, now she has falsly pigeonholed me into one of those kids who likes to go find the burial places of rock stars. (Well, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, and the crash sites of Otis Redding, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Holly / Valens / Richardson... maybe I do need to be pigeonholed.

Got my haircut, yay, first one since Sydney. Oh yeah, went to mail stuff home and it was a bit funny. You have to show your ID now to mail stuff internationally. I must have been looking pretty sketchy. My passport is canceled, it says "Daniel" yet I put Craig on the customs form, and there was a $50.00 bill in my passport. When the postal clerk was looking at the passport I saw the $50 and grabbed it...he asked if it was a bribe. I saw the Hi-5 Christmas album there and said I had it memorized...he said "ugh, I'm sorry...makes you long to listen to classical music doesn't it?".

I'm on the train right now back to Joondanna..hence the much longer than normal writing about basically nothing.

Later...

Went out to yummy Chinese with Dave and a bunch of the usual gang. Said goodbye to everyone since I probably won't see them again. Dave and I went to see Machine Gun Fellatio. Funny how when I was walking through Fremantle earlier I heard a band warming up and I kept thinking how I should have gone and seen some live music while I was here. Now I was going. The show was a lot of fun and the music was good. Turns out I knew a lot of their songs from Triple J radio...but never knew it was them. Dave was a bit bummed that one of the singers (her name escapes me...Dave?) didn't take her clothes off like she supposedly does. Got back and...yep, worked on the clock site some more.

January 3rd, 2003
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