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.
Today was good, got up and going early. Had a really fast ride for most of the day. Even had 100k in before lunch.
Stopped about 45k after sandfire to have breakfast by the side of the road at the 80 mile beach turnoff. A busload of tourists pulled out onto the road...they were all staring at me. All of the sudden the bus lurched to a stop, backed up, and went rocketing back down the dirt road it had just came. Maybe they forgot someone.
Stopped in a nice culvert for an hour and wrote email. Couldn't get Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" out of my head so I started singing it outloud. A German couple stopped. The woman asked if I would like a Coke in a very pronouced accent. She said I couldn't have a beer since it was too hot and I was riding.
The highway went right past a confluence point, so I parked the bike and walked the 300m to the confluence point. I was 99% sure someone had been there, indeed they had. I found a piece of metal wedged into the ground right near the confluence. I took pictures anyway.
Got to the Pardoo Roadhouse in the early evening. Ended up eating two burgers and spending some time writing. Simon pulled up at night. We rode for awhile together and he eventually stopped and camped. I kept going for another 15k or so and parked off in the bush. As I was eating dinner I saw something move by my feet, it was a 5-inch long centipede. Then after that I saw a big spider near me. I have an American Quarter with me, so if I could just find a flea, scorpion, and mushrooms I could have all the elements for a live version of the Centipede video game!