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.
Could hardly sleep at all last night. Tent was really hot and people on the street were noisy. Seemed to be a fight or argument going on. That said, I didn't get up and going until about 7:30am. Picked up a couple things from the store and got moving. Had a real hard time getting motivated, think it was the lack of sleep and my bad breakfast...cookies.
Got to Burke and Wills camp #119 and made some lunch and took a nap. This is the last camp that Burke and Wills made on their expiedition to the Gulf. They died on the way back. I felt a lot better after laying down for awhile and mozeyed down the road.
The ride was pretty normal today, bike handled alright. Got one snakebite flat on some hard ruts. Found a place to camp in the trees. Had been listening to public radio (only station out here) and they mentioned about Australians fire fighting in Oregon. I kept the radio on for the story, it was kind of wierd to hear them talk about the Siskiyou National Forest and such.
Might make it to Burketown tomorrow, might not.