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 21st, 2003
New ZealandQueenstown to n of Kingston
45 km today
20831.48 km total
28.0 mi today
12917.9 mi total

Took us forever to get out of town today. I couldn't find my spoon this morning. The girls had used my cookware, but the spoon was still in the kitchen. Funny how I carried a thing of gatorade type drink mix from the top of Australia all the way back to Melbourne (like 10,000km or something) and promptly threw it in the trash at Steve and Katrina's, yet I was a little concerned about losing the spoon. Then again, the spoon has been with me the whole trip.

We spent the morning shopping and losing each other. I went to an outdoor shop to get some socks and a frisbee. There was a sign that said "you only get a discount if you've given something to someone or been nice to someone recently". I asked the girl if I took a clock picture of her, if that counted...she said it did...so I got a clock photo and saved four bucks to boot.

Had a nice ride out of Queenstown along the bike path...listening to Ted Nugent and Run DMC.

It was a pretty nice ride today along the side of the lake. We were going to go farther, but there was a nice little rest area by the lake so we just decided to camp there. Spent a small chunk of the evening taking more LED photos.

April 21st, 2003