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 25th, 2003
New ZealandNelson to Havelock
76 km today
22145.52 km total
47.2 mi today
13734.5 mi total

Today I made the break from Nelson. Said goodbye to a lot of people from the hostel. Maybe when I come back here someday I'll be good enough to beat Dave in Chess!

I was thinking it was going to be a harder ride to day but in fact it wasn't that bad. There were a couple large hills to climb over (350m and 250m high). The wind was at my back so I really didn't mind.

Rolled into Havelock around 4pm. Figured I could probably make Picton a little after dark...but decided I was in no rush; the ferry doesn't leave till 1:30pm anyway.

It is looking like Wellington is going to be the end of the trip. I could make Auckland in 7 days or so...but it would be a long ride and I don't want to be rushing the last couple of weeks and end up with 1,000 things to do before I leave, like when I left Steve and Katrina's in Melbourne. I want to have a normal flight for a change. So tomorrow might be the last day then, even though it is only 35km.

June 25th, 2003