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.
Duncan and Alison made us a big fat breakfast, yummy. We all said our goodbyes and I rode with Duncan back to Rockhampton. Got the vegemite contest online and proceeded to head out of town. As I was going through the town square, I ran into NC Guy (see Friday's entry). "Still here!....why the hell don't you just go to the op-shop (second hand store) and buy some clothes there instead of carrying them?" He kind of scoffed when I said it didn't make sense to buy new clothes every day. He was actually starting to annoy me a bit...but soon left.
On the way out I got photos of these cows that are near the entrances to Rockhampton. For the longest time people kept stealing the male cows "privates". Rumor has it that the city maintenance worker carries around a bunch of extra fiberglass "units" in case they get stolen. The cow I took pictures of had his unit bolted to the concrete, so it didn't look like it was going anywhere anytime soon.
The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. Finally starting to get into the feeling of the outback just a little...in that the distances between towns is becoming significantly greater. People up here in Queensland are the friendliest people I've met so far in Australia. A lot of people honk and wave...how cool.