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.
Got up and going and had a pretty fast ride into Katherine. Watched the sunrise from my tent rather than riding on the road.
Found a great display of a bunch of Jim Beam and cola cans stuck on top of all the brush. Got into Katherine and stopped at the hostel. As I was getting ready to check in I heard someone say "Craig!". It was Jeff of Sydney fame). He is travelling Australia now too and I didn't know exactly where he was.
Spent the rest of the afternoon in the pool and doing odds and ends. My laptop came back to the hostel. Upon firing it up it crashed again, looks like they didn't give me new memory chips. I pulled one of them and it booted up ok. If only I had thought of this sooner I could have saved a lot of trouble, oh well.
Jeff and I had dinner at the take away place where Stuart and I ate a couple weeks ago. I thought that the 40 minute wait a couple weeks ago was just a fluke...turns out it must be normal practice. Went to the Katherine Hot Springs. They weren't really hot, but it was kind of nice to swim in at night. This place is mentioned a couple times in Phil O'Brien's "101 Adventures that got Me Nowhere" books...seems he took a few girls and beers here.