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.
Rolled on throughout the morning, pretty uneventful overall. I broke a couple spokes after about 40k...great, another project for our midday break. We reached a rest area after about 20k. The rest area had this giant Boab tree there. It was hollow in the center and you could go in...although you wouldn't want to since it smelled like a bunch of jerks had peed in there.
I tore my bike apart and fixed the spokes. Although we spent a few hours there it wasn't too relaxing. There were zillions of these little honey bees everywhere. Zillions!
We pushed off in the late afternoon. It was still about 110F out on the road. Pretty soon the road turned and we were in a headwind which made for really slow going. Road for a couple hours and then pulled into some road maintence gravel stockpile yard and camped there. Tomorrow morning we'll be at the Willare Roadhouse...more junk food!