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.
We got up and going a little late. It was getting hot and the ride into the Roebuck Roadhouse seemed a lot longer than it was. The last part up to the roadhouse was this hill that never seemed to end...and it wasn't even a steep one.
Spent awhile at the roadhouse eating and reading. We met some people heading into Broome and started talking to them. I told them about last night when we ran into Bucko and Mushy and their messed up car. The guy said "was it a yellow Datsun?.....we stole a fan belt off that car!".
Grub and I helped some Aboriginals get their car going. We spent about 20 minutes trying to get it push started. Eventually the guy took a bunch of duct tape off the steering column and the whole works dumped out. He fiddled with a couple wires. We gave it another push and the car started. He taped the whole works back into the steering column...thanked us and they all drove off.
We all rolled into Broome in the early evening and went to the bar. Drank a bunch of beer and I made my way to the hostel. Mail mail mail and mail! Maree mailed me some candy, puzzles and a book. Steve & Katrina mailed me cookies and 3 MP3 cd's of Australian music, MCQ in Portland mailed me a Lucky Lab t-shirt and new cleats, and Ron from Mackay mailed me some comfy Shimano sandles...no more smelly feet.