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.
Had a hard time going today. A bit of a headwind, but my motivation wasn't the biggest either. Sometimes I'd go off daydreaming and look down and notice I was going only about 10km/hr. Ended up stopping in a large culvert for a few hours. Don't know why I was such low energy, could have been too much sun, bad raisins, bad water, not enough food, dunno.
Decided I'd try and get to the roadhouse. I was pretty tired then realized I hadn't even gone halfway for that day. Argh.
Only two really exciting things happened this day. Saw an Emu run across the road. The other was when I was about 30k n or the roadhouse, a car pulled over. It was a taxi driver I'd said hello to about 20k earlier. He was on his way back...and he had bought me a sandwich and gave it to me...what nice guy!
Reached the roadhouse about 9:30pm, got food and went to bed.