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.
Another good day of riding through the scrub. Met a couple by the Einasleigh River. Their son in law is a famous surfer named Tom. Had a good time riding throughout the morning. I stopped to put new batteries in my GPS. A car pulled up next to me to see if I needed any help. (this is pretty common out here, you stop, cars stop thinking you might be in trouble...this is good if I do get into a bungle somewhere). The guy and I got into an in-depth combination about video equipment. We agreed to meet up in Georgetown and he would do a quick interview of me on video. He asked if the bike was running good and I said yeah. After he left, I went to go and discovered that the rear tire was flat! Turns out I hit that cattle grate just a little too hard. I fixed the flat and pumped the tire back up. I was careful since it was a hot day about pumping it up too much. I went to go and the tire wouldn't move, the tube expanded and was pushing the tire back off the rim! I frantically found the valve and let a bunch of air out...seemed to be ok after that.
Got to Georgetown and spent some time there eating and talking to people The fruit and veggie stand seemed to be the hotbed of social gathering in the small town. Had a hard time debating about whether I should stay or not. I started riding, knowing that once I got far enough away from Georgetown...it would be too far to turn back. Later I was glad I kept riding, since I had a really nice ride on into the dark.