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 of them ended up here on this website. As for the words, there are 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!
April 2nd, 2003
New ZealandChristchurch
0 km today
20166.39 km total
0.0 mi today
12504.7 mi total

Sleep, I sleep.

MCQ got up around 10am and ate breakfast, I slept. MCQ went to the doctor and came back, I still slept. MCQ ate lunch, I still slept. Five naked girls came into the room and attacked MCQ, I still slept. I awoke around 2pm figured I'd caught up on most of my sleep.

We cruised into town. Bought a bunch of stuff at the outdoor store, hey, it was all 50% off. Downtown Christchurch was pretty cool. In the town square there is a huge chessboard with near lifesized pieces. A little girl kept running around the board while these older guys played. The one guy castled and had to lug two pieces around in one turn...but the pieces didn't look that heavy. Went and did email...Brazil is hot for clock photo submissions now, some really creative ones too.

Farted around for awhile in the Botanical garden taking crazy photos and then headed back to the caravan park, or holiday park as they call them here. I'd bought a comb and when I brushed my hair it got all foofy cause I'd just washed it. MCQ said that he didn't brush his hair for the same reason, but he went ahead and brushed it to make his point. So here he has this big red frizzy fro and he walks out to the kitchen to get something. When he came back he said how he noticed people kept staring at him and smiling...then he remembered his hair. MCQ is saying "mm, boobies" right now in his sleep. Poor guy.

April 2nd, 2003