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.
Spent most of the day getting ready for the party. As we were filling the 35+ cases of beer into the cooler, Louis looked at the beer, looked at me, and said "This is how we party here in Australia".
The party was a lot of fun, met a lot of great people. People came by cars, bike (me), and even helicopter.
I was so tired by the end of the night I fell asleep in the other room, but many people were up (and stayed up) all night singning and dancing. It was at some point around 3am that someone played the Angels "Am I Ever Going to See your Face Again?" song, complete with everyone singing the f-word loaded response which I couldn't quite make out...going to have to do some research on that.