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.
I'm sitting here in a rest area listening to a car far away playing the Oak Ridge Boys, they just finished with the Best of Queen album.
Farted around the hostel a bit this morning. Had all my crap spread out so it took awhile to get it packed up. The tour bus (the same tour I thought about taking) ended up breaking down and the mechanic had to bring everyone back. Maybe it is good that I didn't choose to go. Didn't look like the tugboat guy was going to come by so I headed out.
On the way out of town I swung by the hostel where Simon was at...he is leaving tomorrow. I made my way out of Port Hedland....although I did have to crash into a curb at 5km/hr since I wasn't paying attention and reading a sign. Did't wipe out though.
About 30k out of town there was an Aboriginal couple pulled off to the side of the road. One yelled at me asking if I had a phone. I didn't but went over to their side of the road anyway and talked. They gave me a beer from the back and told me to lean my bike up against the car and rest. Most interesting part was this conversation between the couple:
p1: "I can't have meat today...I'm Catholic"
p2: "You are? I'm an Atheist"
p1: "No, you're an Asshole"
I chuckled...they tried their car again and it started. The guy gave me another beer and they drove off. I didn't drink the second beer, the first one was already making me feel poopy. I rode another 25k or so and called it a day at the camping/rest area. Been writing overdue emails for the last three hours, good thing I have 5 laptop batteries again!