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.
Today was pretty uneventful, listened to the public radio station for most of the day. At 4:00pm they had people calling in about the layout of the new White Pages, everyone seemed to like the new format, what a great world we live in. Flies were everywhere today, I had a great feeling of satisfaction watching the little turds try and go for my face, only to get blocked by the mighty power of my $4.71 mosquito net.
Burketown was close enoiugh that I pushed it into the night to get there. It was quite a pleasant to ride through the giant open fields with a near full moon lighting everything up.
Got some food at the pub in Burketown. The pub had a small collection of license plates from the US on the wall. This is the second time I've seen this down here.
Met some other people from the Caravan park, one couple had just been to Oregon and Washington...what a small world.