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!
June 13th, 2003
New Zealands of Ross to Greymouth
90 km today
21684.52 km total
55.9 mi today
13448 mi total

Ride was alright today. Stopped in Hokatika for lunch today. A woman pulled out onto the road and her car died right in the middle of it. Two policemen were standing there watching the whole thing happen and they helped push her off the road.

Got to Greymouth around 4:30pm in the afternoon. Went to the YHA but the office wasn't open for a little while, so I went to a different backpackers instead. Got settled in, met a few people from the hostel. There was some sorta 3 dollar BBQ going on at a pub...so we all went there. One of the girls in the bar started talking to me and said "you guys are probably here for the 3 dollar BBQ aren't you" in kind of a crass way. I just laughed...I think she thought we were on a Kiwi Experience bus or something. Ended up taking a few clock pictures thoughout the night. Ended up at a bar next door where there was a band playing. I ended up staying there and dancing with everyone, the band did a nice fast cover of Kylie's "Can't get you out of my head". Didn't get to sleep till about 2:30am with my ears ringing.

June 13th, 2003