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 morning click clacking away at all the email I had piled up since June. Bless this little offline emailer...worth it's weight in gold. Had to stop doing email cause I was being to anti-social.... that's the one problem with this computer, I could easily get lost in a bazillion little projects... "it's bad! bad!" as George Bush Sr. would say.
Front tire actually had a thorn in it, so I did get a flat today.
Not too much else went on...got a few clock pics and started reading this book that I found at the hostel. "Chickenhawk", autobiography of a guy flying helicopters in Vietnam. I had somewhat of an interest in this since this is what my Uncle did in Vietnam.
Oh yeah, I thought about going down to Karijini NP on the little tour bus. Thought it might be a nice change of pace to take a side trip on one of the full blown backpacker tour buses where they cook for you and such. I didn't have the cash for the trip in my account, and when I checked my credit card balance...it was terribly high. Some fuc-head got my credit card number and bought about $1700 US worth of airline tickets on my credit card. Got that dealt with, but took it as a sign that I shouldn't be going on the trip, especially since I won't have a new credit card for a few days.