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 27th, 2003
South Australias of Blyth to Adelaide
141.96 km today
19013.82 km total
88.0 mi today
11788.3 mi total

Woke up this morning to the sound of a vehicle driving right past my tent..wll, a few feet away at least. Then a road-service truck pulled to fill a tanker up with water. I pulled myself out of bed and packed stuff up. Ended up doing my morning breakfast/coffee there. Read my now-day-old newspaper. The radio had a good piece on stuff coming up at the Adelaide film festival, sound like some interesting stuff...maybe I'll leave Sunday.

Got into Balaklava around 11:30am. Hung out in front of the bakery eating bakery food. Talked to a couple people there and then headed out. Crusing along in a good mood listening to the Rolling Stones' "Some Girls" album. On a side not I always like the line in "Before They Make Me Run" about "...wasn't looking so good but I was feelin' pretty well." Rolled into the next town awhile later. There was a mom and her young son ahead of me in line at the grocery store. The son did something and the checker gave him a chocolate frog. "...and what do we say John?"

"Ta" replied the little kid.

Got into Two Wells about 3:30pm. Needed to call Jenz to see where exactly he livved. Before too long I was going to be stuck in Adelaide suburban industrial sprawl. He wasn't home and the phone connection was bad, so I continued on. The road got worse and worse, traffic everywhere! I ended up giving up and just rode on the gravel shoulder most of the way into Adelaide. I haven't been in industrial sprawl like this since South Brisbane if I remember right. At one point it was just a concrete wall on my left and a large road train on my right. I just hoped and hoped the road train had room to get over, cuase I was squeezed inbetween both of them. Thw sprawl seemed to take forever to get trough.

Eventualy located a payphone and got ahold of Jens. He is living on the beach. Made my way to his place via a variety of sidestreets. Saw a lot of people out an about, but none of them seeme to reply to my "hello" response.

Got to Jens' place, he had a cardboard sign over the gate reading "8:15pm - Glebe Village (Adelaide Version)". I laughed at that one. Jens is a guy I met at the hostel in Sydney around May 2002. We'd just missed each other in October up in Broome, since he and his girlfriend left town about two hours before I rolled in. Ordered pizza and drank beer on the front porch, the dark ocean moving this way and that way.

Ok, dry writing...rode 140km today and am tired.

February 27th, 2003