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 14th, 2003
0 km today
20166.39 km total
0.0 mi today
12504.7 mi total

Steve and I went downtown to buy bread at the market (this bread is good, it is worth a 20 minute train ride)...and to look at java-enabled mobile phones. Since I was downtown I decided to catch the tram to St. Kilda to see Dave. Steve and I parted ways and I caught the wrong tram (i.e. the slow one) to St. Kilda.

I went and saw Dave, had coffee with him and we had a good talk. I couldn't tell him any good travel stories cause his response to every one was "yeah! I read about that on your travel site..". Stupid site keeps one-upping me.

Went to see Richard again tonight. Somehow I walked past the street the Rob Roy was on and ended up going on about a 3 mile detour walk. Ended up doing a very un-male like thing and asked directions. On the way to the Rob Roy I passed this mini riot type thing at the housing projects. Stuff was smashed and whatnot. I just walked straight though the whole area. The cops didn't stop me, since I was making a beeline to the show.

Walked into the Rob Roy and someone grabbed me on the shoulder. It was Grubby! We went into the show together. This show was good too, probably not as good as last night's though..mostly because it was a lot more crowded and Richard didn't do the full comedy routine. He did start a nice version of Neil Young's "Out on a Weekend", but forgot the lyrics and stopped.

Grubby and I went to his house and farted around on the computer the rest of the night. There were ethernet cabes running across the floor to every room in the house, cool, I'm in a house of nerds. Grubby showed me the spare bedroom, "Bed, Blankets, Internet".

March 14th, 2003