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!
February 13th, 2003
South Australia20km n of Streaky Bay to Point Kenny
87.64 km today
18027.89 km total
54.3 mi today
11176.9 mi total

Techinically today is my one year anniversary of riding. In that I mean I rode from the hostel in St. Kilda Melbourne to the Ferry Dock, 5km away. Hard to belive it has been a year since I set foot on Tasmania. Really technically speaking February 4th was my first day of riding, cause I rode the 50km from the Melbourne Airport to St. Kilda....though crazy traffic and a ton of stuff. At that point I didn't know yet what I was keeping and what stuff I was getting rid of.

Anyway, not a whole lot happened today. Left the beach and got into Streaky Bay around 10am. The ABC talk show radio had a call in thing and they were discrussing speed limits...not that exciting. Ended up spending about three hours in SB, doing email, calling home, buying more food, and a quick dip in the water (complete with sunglasses and the camelback). Left town later than I wanted to...the reason being that I knew the strong afternoon headwind would come up. Sure enough, it did a couple hours later. I heard the frame pop a couple more times today, really got to get it welded. Could have gotten it welded in SB, but there wasn't a bike shop there so I couldn't pull off the cranks. Only really needs to hold together another 250km or so. I ended up stopping in Port Kenny. It is a tiny town with a pub, store, and gas station/caravan park. The caravan park is alright, though there was a dead fish lying in the bushes, complete with skeleton and partial head. The bathrooms were very clean though. I'm trying to make today sound riviting...but it was just kindofanotherday. Oh, the only truly unique thing today was this Kangaroo roadsign that someone had modifed to make it look like it was skiing....now that was unique.

February 13th, 2003