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 we paddled up Katherine Gorge and it was a lot of fun. We had to do these portages between the gorges, basically drag the canoe over the rocks. Got to do a lot of swimming in the water. Speaking of which, it is safe to drink. It was kinda weird just dipping your cup in the water and drinking the water.
Didn't see any freshwater crocodiles, just a lot of birds. You have to stay off a lot of the shores because that is where the crocs lay their eggs.
We camped at the start of the fifth gorge. Oh geez, Toto's "Hold the Line" just came on the radio, now I'm going to have that song stuck in my head. hold the line....bum bum bum bum