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.
No bike wheel yet, no new credit card yet, ate a lot of junk food. Today was the day of the Melbourne Cup, which is one of the big horse races in the world. All of the women make this big deal out of their hats and how they look....their social status depends upon it! I thought high school was over.
Called up the guy I met yesterday and got a clock picture of...he let me use the internet at his office. I met him at the pub and we had a couple beers, then drove to his office. Turns out it is near the escort agency...and I found out that it was indeed no boat escort agency either. We were back at the pub awhile later. For the first time in my life I saw Guns and Roses' "Sweet Child of Mine" video...only took me about 15 years to see it.
No pictures today...can you belive it?