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 29th, 2003
VictoriaCoburg / Melbourne
0 km today
20166.39 km total
0.0 mi today
12504.7 mi total

Today was quite a day. Spent the morning getting stuff done. Rufus came in for breakfast, so far he hasn't missed Mom and Dad too much from what I can tell.

Later in the afternoon I biked downtown. There was a big war protest going on of about 30-40,000 people. Followed that till the end, couldn't find Grubby. I decided to head towards Coburg and track down Grubby. I barely got a couple blocks and saw Grubby standing on a street corner right as he was yelling "lunky!" Now I didn't have to go home. Met up with some more friends and went for Chinese food. Went and got their bikes out of the van, then biked downtown to Degraves street where there was this big street party taking place. Grubby was riding this little bike though downtown, it was funny to watch people turn their heads as he rode by.

Beer was pretty expensive at the street thingy, so we walked up to the bottle shop and loaded my bag up with beer. I had the clock with me and started taking a few clock pictures. A guy came up to me and said "hey, are you sending in pictures to the site?" He said "what are you doing down here?" when I told him it was my website. (He's 9:10 in the photos below). That was kinda cool. Had a real fun time there. There was all this freestyle rappin', beatboxing, and dancing going on too. Got some really good video footage of a lot of it, just wish my dang camera could record longer.

We left about 1am and headed up towards Brunswick where there was this other party going on. As we were riding though downtown, I kept yelling at all the people on the street corner to cheer Grubby on since this was "his first ride without training wheels." The ride up to Brunswick was a lot of fun. A couple people crashed into each other and I got some great photos of it....I'll be nice and leave them off this website. The party at the warehouse was alright. Squirt guns going off and all that. Grubby and I went outside and found a bunch of stuff destined for the opshop. I nicked all the keys off a computer keyboard and started giving them out to people at the party. Also found a printer that I really wanted to swing around by the cord, but didn't want to wake the neighbors so I was nice and put it back. Ended up getting back about 3am.

March 29th, 2003