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 17th, 2003
Western AustraliaAlbany to Napier
59.79 km today
15962.6 km total
37.1 mi today
9896.6 mi total

Didn't really wake up early today. Made a phat breakfast of instant potatoes and two cans of beans...sheesh. Packed up and headed out down the penninusla. Stopped at the natural arch and the gap, that was pretty cool...but a little harder to enjoy with all the people around. Some very Italian? tourists talked to me in the parking lot. One asked if I was travelling along. I said that I was...and kind of preferred it. One of the other women jumped in: "because you don't have to do what other people want to and you can be alittle more free". I think travelling with the 6 other people might have been getting to her.

Headed towards the blowholes, this is where the water slams into the rocks and up through some of them, thus creating a blowhole effect. The road was uphill and I wasn't feeling motiviated since this was just extra credit riding and not sending me towards Melbourne. All of the sudden I just turned around and headed back towards Albany. I saw a blowhole in Tasmania anyway.

Got to Albany and found a bike shop. They had the spokes I wanted, but it ended up being a four hour visit anyway. I realized that this was the last decent sized bike shop for about 3,000km. So a-overhauling we will go. Changed the chain and cassette, also had to change a front chainring. This is the one that I put on Cairns 9,000km ago. Probably had another 2,000km in it, but I didn't want to chance it because of the bike shop situation. The guys at the bike shop were really nice and helpful (Great Southern Bicycle Company, plug plug Hi Dave and Brian!) Brian told me a better way to get to Esperance is to head north though Borden and then head east...you get to go though some mountains and less of a road. I haven't been following the coast exactly anyway, well, I have, but it doesn't always make sense. At one point I was washing my hands and "Eye of the Tiger" came on the radio, I mentioned something about first hearing that song as a kid. One of the guys at the shop asked me if it made me full of energy and want to get out there and do something. Heh, heh, yeah. Triple J played Motley Crue's "Kickstart my Heart" and that has a bunch of driving energy to it. Ok, enough of this wanker rock talk...

Knocked off a little early tonight, in the bush near a gathering hall and tennis court. Lots of alternating bushland and farmland.

since I could just go where I wanted.

January 17th, 2003