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 9th, 2003
New ZealandLake Ohau to Lake Ohau
30 km today
20567.48 km total
18.6 mi today
12753.9 mi total

Man, I really need to get a map so I can put these placenames down...

Had a nice day of doing not really anything. I didn't have too many of these in Australia since there always was a goal ahead of me. Now it is kinda just do whatever, which is kinda nice.

Finished reading fast food nation, quite a book and well worth a read. In the afternoon I headed out to bike up the mountain. From where we are camped I could see a road switchbacking up a mountain. I got stuff ready and headed out. It was a nice ride up the mountain. The ski information whiteboard at the bottom was still dated September 29th 2002 "thanks for a great season!".

It was a nice ride up the hill, but I wish I would have left an hour earlier, cause the sun went down before I had a chance to get to the top. I ended up hiking straight up the hill and carrying the bike on my back. (only had a few things with me, not all the stuff). That wore me out and I stuck to the road. I kept scaring several sheep that were randomly placed on the mountain. Right before the end of dusk I reached the base of the Ohay ski area. Turns out it is all the way up this road, not down at the bottom like I thought. It was about 1500m up there, so I must have had a good 1000m climb up here. Took a few pictures and headed down the mountain in the dark. I had just one of the LED lights with me but that was enough. Sometimes I'd come up on packs of sheep and they'd run ahead of me until one decided he'd had enough and go down over the edge...with the others soon following. After misjudging a creek crossing an soaking one foot, I was back on the road. Biked back to camp (listening to Guns and Roses even) Got back to camp and MCQ was in his tent...sick. He things he has food poisioning or something. Tomorrow if he feels well, we will bike to the next town and find somewhere to stay till things get better.

April 9th, 2003