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.
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).
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.
Woke up this morning and there was a woman running on the dirt road near my camp...I guess I'm camped in somewhat of a park, so that is to be expected.
Today was a pretty normal ride...still going over everything that happened in Sydney. The ride wasn't too bad today. There is a motorway heading out of Sydney, so all the traffic sticks to that and I had the old highway to myself...riding along listening to Bad Brains.
Got a flat tire near the Kundar? Observatory, so I just decided to camp out in the bush. Found a suitable spot, though I probably spent too long looking. The guy at the observatory told me to watch out since there was a lot of iron around...might hurt the laptop or something. I went to cook and realized I forgot to buy petrol. Ended up burning most of my Lonely Planet "Cycling Australia" guidebook, which personally was a better use for it. Made a gawd-awful dinner in the cloudy/rainy weather. Had pictures of it but accidentally erased a few pictures.