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!
January 13th, 2003
Western Australia35km nw of Walpole to Walpole
54 km today
15754.29 km total
33.5 mi today
9767.4 mi total

So much for getting up early and making the push to Denmark....didn't get out of bed till 7am. Made breakfast and sat around. I was sitting there on my tarp eating my mashed potatoes and tunafish, listening to the Beach Boys on my mp3 player. All of the sudden I see this woman standing next to me, for some reason I wasn't scared at all. (granted I'm camped on this hardly used dirt road). Turns out they were just camped down the road. She told me to go say hi to Michael, she was going out for a walk. So after packing up my stuff I headed down the dirt road figuring I'd talk awhile and be on my way about 10:30am.

Met Michael and he made coffee. Somewhere along the line we both found out each other was into computers and whatnot. LeAnne (sp?) came back awhile later. We all talked and talked about everything (travel stories, PHP, Perl, bugs in ASP, etc.) Anyway, get this...I didn't leave till 4pm! 4pm and I had gone a total of 845 meters according to my GPS. It was a good break though. Michael has a big/famous site on the net of his lightning photos. (search for lightning photos on google and his site comes up first).

Next couple hours were spent biking the remainder of the gravel road back to the highway, nothing really eventful. Reached the highway and made my way towards Walpole. Had to stop and scrounge up some food. Earlier today I thought I felt an old granola bar at the bottom of my food bag. Indeed it was an old grandola bar...had I known it was there it would have been gone a long time ago.

Had to climb a big 500 foot hill, but I reached Walpole right before dark. Walpole is a small town near the beach I scouted out a camping spot in the bush outside of town...then went back in to get some food. The people running the cafe seemed nice. As I was sitting there waiting for my veggie burger, a couple walked past me and saw my bike. The couple started talking to me about biking. Found out that the girl (hi Beth!) was from Portland and Eugene Oregon! First person I've met down here that is from where I'm from. We talked and talked and I got a clock picture of the two of them. Later on I talked with the couple running the cafe, nice couple...even gave me a couple leftover sandwich rolls for breakfast tomorrow. Called up Anthony in Denmark and am going to stay with him tomorrow.

Thought about staying at the hostel...but just headed for my bush place I found earlier. It is about 65km to Denmark tomorrow...I wonder if I'll make it. Seems to be a lot of distractions between here and there.

January 13th, 2003