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.
Had a relaxing morning and went to the store. Went to the footy oval and watched footy for most of the afternoon. As we were leaving, a bunch of tourists were slowly doing "drive bys." This is where they hear about a festival going on, so they go check it out and see nothing but Aboriginals around...so they keep driving. It was pretty funny to watch.
Ran into Simon on the street, he'd just pulled into town. We caught up on road gossip at the caravan park. I asked Simon if he found the porno magazine I stuck in a road drain...he did find it. ha ha.
Made up a bunch of food and couldn't really move after that. We did make it to the festival again. It was a lot quieter than last night. One band couldn't play because they had been drinking. A woman came up on the stage and was pretty bent out of shape about the ordeal. They were doing breathalyzer tests on the bands before they could play.
One of the bands that played last night was playing again tonight. They did their "Summer of 69" cover again. Then a few bands laster another band is playing and the second song they play is...."Summer of 69". Yes I got to hear that song twice in one night. (Bryan Adams was 12 in 1969 in case you were wondering)