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 20th, 2003
Western AustraliaFitzgerald NP to e of Hopetoun
123.5 km today
16348.38 km total
76.6 mi today
10135.8 mi total

Got up and going early...wasn't exactly camped in the most legal of spots since this was a national park.

The road was all up and down, mostly up. Not much traffic though since this was a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. Just me cruising through some hilly scrubland, listing to Teengenerate...what a combo that was. Eventually the road made a sharp left right above the ocean. An oncoming car came along and stopped, so I did the same. It was this woman in her 40's. She talked to me awhile and all I could think about was the movie Summer of '42, yikes! I continued on and later went swimming in the ocean for awhile, had the whole beach to myself.

Got into Hopetoun and bought food. Right before I left town I decided to quick download my email to a disk so I could go though it in the tent tonight. I did that and with my remaining time I quick glanced though some of the email from the lunky.com address. Looked like the Update #5 has gotten a bit out of hand. I found this one email from a person on the list who I don't know personally, only though the website, who basically hijacked my whole email list and sent out some weird religious message along with a plug for his "life coaching" Needless to say I came unglued. I was so pissed I was shaking. Here is an email list that I mistakingly sent out with all the addresses on it, and he in turns has the gall to think that he can use this list to promote his "life coaching" business (or "how to make money part time on the internet!"). At the bottom of the email were his phone numbers, so....I called him up and basically lost it on him. "Well I just thought that since these people were enjoying your list that they might like to be able to do this themselves", he told me. I hate spammers and their mentality. Everyone I know gets emails thinking they might be interested in naked photos of two headed farmgirls too.

What a greedy fukker. Sorry for the bad language but I can't think of anything less to describe his actions. There are bike dealers on the list, but they don't spam the whole list promoting their biking business. Did he not care that I had family, friends, clients, and people I've met along the way on this list? Ok, no more on this, I'm still unglued on this issue.

A truck passed me with a Northern Territory plate barely hanging on, if only it would have fallen off I could have a long treasured "Outback Australia" plate.

ANYwAY, I was so bent out of shape the rest of the afternoon that I just rode and rode. Passed the rabbit proof fence along the way. This is basically a fence running the length of western Australia...to keep the rabbits out. (you can read more about it on the photos). I ended up riding until about 10pm. Couldn't really find a decent spot so I settled for one along a fence. I could hear the heavy breathing of cows out in the field but couldn't see them.

Ended up falling asleep, though I didn't sleep that well. (This entry I'm writing on 2/3/03, I was too bent out of shape to write up this days entry at the time)

January 20th, 2003