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.
Ride was a little busy into Darwin, typical big city (i.e. 50,000 people) traffic. Poor Maree had a flat tire even before we got out of the caravan park. Bummer.
Rode around Darwin for awhile. A guy flagged us down and asking what we were looking for (a bike shop). He told us where one was and then said "welcome to Darwin!" Got a box at the bike shop and then headed to Maree's friend Linda's north of Darwin.
Spent the night eating Thai food and drinking beer at Linda's. Took Maree to the airport and she flapped her arms really hard and flew away. Actually, when she checked in they said they were boarding the plane already, which seemed a little early. Linda and I found out from the taxi driver that they were having problems in the control tower and the plane wasn't even showing up on the screen or was showing that it had already left. weird. Back to riding by myself...