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 28th, 2003
Western AustraliaCondingup
0 km today
16578.14 km total
0.0 mi today
10278.2 mi total

Was up today and kinda slogging around. Thought about going today but Louise said something about all of us going to the beach...which sounded like fun. I went to get a second cup of coffee but Louise wouldn't let me since it was bad for me, I had to wait till before lunch. Doh!

We headed out to the beach in the early afternoon. It was a lot of fun, I bodyboarded for the first time. (thanks Abe!) I got dumped by a couple waves and the sand gave me a good burn on the back. It was a lot of fun being on top of a wave and riding the whole way in. I caught this large wave and Abe said I should have looked back, cause it was above me the whole time.

Gabby and Hannah were jumping up and down on the trampoline. They were singing "I love rock and roll", I thought that was kinda cool that they new the lyrics, then I remembered that they only know it via Britney. Now I feel old, I remember being in Bruno's Pizza Parlour, Yakima, WA in 1982 and hearing that song for the first time. I taught them some Ramones songs. I think Lousie might have been wondering what the heck I was teaching them since Hannah kept running around the house singing "Put me in a wheelchair, put me on a plane, hurry hurry hurry, before I go insane"

Louise, the three youngunss and I all went for an evening walk. Got back and I made a Husker Du CD for Abe, he seemed pretty happy about getting it.

I'm heading out tomorrow....

January 28th, 2003