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 31st, 2003
Western Australia30km e of Baladonia Roadhouse to 45km w of Caliguna Roadhouse
117.74 km today
16927.88 km total
73.0 mi today
10495 mi total

I've been gone a year, plus or minus all that time change stuff.

Today was pretty uneventful, just a lot of headwind. Rode a little over eight hours and did 106km. The morning dragged on. Didn't get to the Caliguna Roadhouse until 11:30am, and that was after a good 30 minutes of taking pictures at the sign at the other end of the big long 146km straightaway. Had a burger and chips at the roadhouse, read the entire newspaper. Seems Bush is all hot to go into Iraq. Roadhouse is expensive as usual. Hopefully I don't run out of food, cause it doesn't look like any of these roadhouses have food-food for sale.

Talked to a couple truckies outside for awhile, nice guys. They mentioned a couple trukcing related things and I said "yeah...I read that in Big Rigs awhile back" Seems all those months of reading the trucking magazine at roadhouses finally paid off.

The next 60km was slow. Had to stop a couple times and just rest cause the wind was really taking it out of me. The noise was one of the worst things. If that wasn't enough noise, my pedals keep making that annyoning click click sound, argh.

Got to the Cocklebiddy roadhouse after dark. The roadhouse ust hovered there on the horizon for 20 minutes as I battled a good headwind. Got a bit annoyhing after awhile.

There was a 45 minute time gain on the way here, which meant I couldn't order food. Met a guy out front. I talked about getting a beer and he said to just go into the fridge of Room #6 and grab one...since it was pretty steep priced in the bar. As we were out front, a drunk couple comes by. The woman sees my bike and said "Hold on...I just wanna have a feel". Before she goes to lift my bike the guy she was with said "Dammit! Go to the motel room and I'll give you a feel". She drunkenly moved the bike back and forth and then leaned it up against a wall. I got a premade sandwich and a $2.50 kit kat bar, then a package of cookies (almost all gone). Left the road house and "pissed off into the bush" as they say. Dunno how far I'll go tomorrow, pretty tired now.

January 31st, 2003