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!
March 5th, 2003
South Australia20km n of Kingston to 20km n of Millicent
115.84 km today
19447.08 km total
72.0 mi today
12057.6 mi total

Today was a long day...

Woke up to the sound of sheep munching on grass near me. I got a couple photos from the tent. They are a bit timid and I ha to move slowly.

Rode the 20km into Kingston SE (dunno where the SE comes from). Took a shower at the caravan park (plus nearly eating a whole large package of cookies) and headed into town...feellng clean and stuff. Wasn't quite as giddy as Tom Hanks was in the movie "Big" after he got laid...but close enough. Got food at the store and went to the park near the beach. Cooked breakfast and read the paper. Went and did internet at the library. The library was adjoining the local school, so there were a few kids asking me where I was going and such. One kid said he wanted to bike around Australia one day himself. This is rare to hear...most kids are the total opposite. Internet there sucked...shouldn't complain since it was free though. Worst of all it had that Net Nanny crap on there. Salon.com was blocked. I tried downloading the Spoon River Anthology text and it blocked it halfway though. I went up to the counter and asked if there was a way to turn off the Net Nanny....I was trying to "read a classic piece of literature". She couldn't get the crap software turned off.

I didn't make it out of town until about 3pm...by then the headwind was going on. It made for slower going at times thus dragging down the mood. Stopped a couple more times and the sun started to go down. This is my favorite time of day to ride. The sun goes down, the headwind stops (thus mood improves greatly), then the sky turns orange and deep blue.

Rode and rode. I'm trying to make up some distance so I can slack a little on the Great Ocean Road. It was getting really cold so I had the hat and wool socks on. About 11pm my front tire went "Kaboom!" It is about time the tyre wore out, been carrying it since Kununarra (last October). Body started getting really cold. I stripped off my sweaty shirt an put all my warm clothes on. I didn't want the shivers to come on...cause that is when things get a little scary. I boiled water right by the side of the road. Changed the tire in the meantime. The tea, beans & rice warmed me up. Soon I was biking again, except the tube I used was messed up because it was losing air again.

Ended up finding a spot to camp out in a field near some trees. Dunno really where I'm at (well I'm 20km from Millicent, but dunno if I'm in someone's yard or something).

Time for bed..

March 5th, 2003