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.
Spent the day doing a whole lot of nothing for the most part. Did internet for a couple hours, but had to stop because the Aboriginal kids were camping out on Eminem's website and downloading all these tunes, so I couldn't really get anythig done since the net was clogged. Only place I could plug the laptop into the power was in the laundry room, so I did a lot of email writing and travel site coding rom the floor.
It looked to be a fairly quiet day and night. Grubby and I went to start dinner and a guy stumbles over to our camp with a half case of beer. He starts talking to us, he can't seem to find someone here. He tells us to grab a beer and drink with him. Grubby and I eneded up having about four beers each. The guy talked and talked and cussed and cussed. He was pretty drunk so his conversation discussed issues as Aboriginals who don't work, mining, girls over-use of vibrators, Iraq, bull riding, and a zillion other things. He left awhile later, Grubby and I pausing to reflect on what just happened.