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.
Actually started to rain early this morning about 4am so I had to get up and put the rainfly on, how rude...I was sleeping.
Morning was pretty uneventful overall. My deepest thought was wondering if the people who make Muesli/Granola bars actually have sort of police squad that goes around to places and seeing if stores are individual selling "not wrapped for individual sale" bars.
Stopped at 62mi rest stop. Day was getting hot so I decided to kill some time there, ended up being six hours! Met a couple travelling around, we seem to have a mutal interest in how bad the Northern Territory Newspaper is. Got a clock photo of them too. An older couple parked near me and they later invitied me over for tea. Here the conversations revolved around camping areas and how some you can't park a caravan vehicle at to easily.
I was getting ready to leave and another guy invited me over for a beer. Turns out he is one of the most interesting characters I've met in a long time. It was pretty much a one sided conversation that talked about such things as income tax brackets, anal sex, vehicle trouble, and cooking. Had a second beer with him and took off awhile later.
Rode on into the night. Came across a Wallaby that had just been hit by a road train a couple minutes before. Stopped around 11pm and made camp, followed by a lavish dinner of noodles with some whack pepper and cheese powder, yum.