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 14th, 2003
New ZealandGreymouth to Punakaiki
45 km today
21729.52 km total
28.0 mi today
13476 mi total

Slow getting out of Greymouth today. Wasn't hungover, just kinda running slow from being out till 2:30am. Clothes reeked of cigarette smoke. I'll be glad when they ban smoking in all public places. (how can we look cool if we can't smoke!)

It was a pretty nice ride along the coast, the road actually goes right by the ocean. There were a few hills and the slowed things down a bit. Stopped at the Pancake Rocks/Blowholes at Punukaki. There were a bunch of meathead 20 year oldish kids perched out on a rock for a photo. (Do not climb on rocks Mr. Sign says).

Found the backpackers and decided to stay there, wasn't going to make it to Westport before dark. Met a couple guys from the UK. One was playing a Pavement CD. I asked him what it was and he said it was an "Australian tour promo CD with rare B-sides". Awesome, a record nerd! We went to the pub that night because the All Blacks were playing England in Rugby. (NZ lost). We spent most of the night just talking music music music. Both of them (Ben & Ryan, hi!) worked in record stores...so we all had a lot of similar stories and terms for various types of customers. (at the one I worked at we had Death Metal guy, the Budget Rack dudes, and the REM girl). It brought back a lot of memories. One guy would always come in and try and weasel down the price by saying that the "cd was across the street for only $25.99", I just told him he'd probably better buy it over there then. (since I knew they did't have it).

Might go tomorrow, might not, it is raining really hard now.

June 14th, 2003