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.
turned 29 today...first birthday away from the Pacific Time Zone. Mike at the Lowmead Hotel gave me a bottle of wine for my birthday.
It was a nice ride up the dirt road, a lot more interesting than the highway. Took a lot of different photos along the way. Passed a couple of construction guys. They waved to me and asked how it was going. I talked to them awhile and ended up getting a clock picture. People sure are nice up here in Queensland. After the construction guys drove off, a landcruiser pulled up. I had to do a doubletake on the driver, since he looked about ten years old. I waved to him and he looked at me awhile, then turned around and drove off. Reminded me of Short Round from the Indiana Jones movie.
The rest of the day was pretty uneventful since I was on the main highway. Decided I needed to see a movie for my birthday so I made a side trip into Gladstone. Months ago I thought I'd be spending my birthday in the middle of the desert south of Darwin, but instead I'm in the industrial town of Gladstone. Went to an all you can eat chinese food place, then went and saw Star Wars.
Actually writing this the on the 3rd in the motel room. Yhere is some kids show on called High Five and the little songs are getting stuck in my head. The songs are of Backstreet Boys quality, argh! Off to Rockhamptom today.