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.
Hmm, I was going to say that nothing really interesting today but the funniest thing just happened. I'm sitting at a picnic table in the local park near the highway. I heard a car stereo playing really loud, but it sounded a bit different. I saw an old black and white police car with a big star painted on the door. I thought "Blues Brothers". On top of the car was this old PA speaker than ran the whole width of the car. Blaring out of it was Cab Calloway's "Hi de hi de hi de hi, ho de ho de ho de ho" song....straight out of the Blues Brothers.
Other than what just happened, it was a pretty average day. Ate too many cookies and I think that wiped my motivation towards the end. I did take pictures of the bathroom in Whiporie, so at least I would have a few "different" photos for the day. Byron Bay tomorrow, where the cleats and shifters Kevin mailed me are a-waiting.