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 26th, 2003
South AustraliaStone Hut to s of Blyth
108.52 km today
18871.86 km total
67.3 mi today
11700.3 mi total

Dew everywhere, then again, I was camped near a field of tall grass. Packed up and headed out. Passed though the town of Laura, looked like a nice little place but I wanted to go a bit farther. Ended up stopping in Gladstone for breakfast. Cooked up some food and read the newspaper. An older guy in his 70's came over and sat own at the picnic table I was at. We talked for a good half hour. He was "seventy fucking four" years old and had been married for "fourty-six fucking" years. We had a mutual disintrest in Cockatoo birds...noisy buggers. There had been a flock of Cockatoos in a tree, hundreds of them squacking away. The train came and all the birds took off. They kept trying to swoop back to their tree but the train was still going by.

Went and checked my email for the amazing low price of AUD$free. Seems that South Australia is pro-internet and are making it free at community facilities. Did the email routine. Ended up not leave Gladstone till about 2pm. The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. Didn't really know where I was headed for tonight, just wanted to chop off enough so I don't have a long ride into Adelaide tomorrow. At one point way after sunset I was riding on this gravel road. I could hear a herd of cows running beside me (on the other side of a fence), but I couldn't see them. I popped one of the headlights of my bike an shined it over in their direction. All I could see was a bunch of hovering blue eyes in the distance.

Passed through the town of Blyth. Nothing was open so I continued on in the darkness. Couldn't really find a place to camp since it is all farmland aroun here. At one point the road made a curve. Thanks to square property boundries there was a bit of trees near the corner in the road. I'm camped between the fence and the road. Cars have passed by in both directions now and it doesn't look like I can be seen too easily...kinda all hunkered down in the grass. Time for bed, gotta get to Adelaide tomorrow.

February 26th, 2003