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.
Akk bundled up as I write this, the wind is a bit cold. I actually have my stocking cap on. Just a week or two ago I was riding at night with my shirt off because it was so hot and humid.
Got up right before my alarm went off. Unlike previous attempts at getting up early, I actually sat up this time and fumbled about. I stared at the stars a bit and the fell back asleep. Last night I heard a car go past and then slow down. I heard a slapping sound and thought maybe the driver hit a snake...I was to lazy to get up and see, anyway.
Left Simon a "present" on the side of the road when I headed out....maybe he will see it. The morning was really long, pushing into a headwind for the first 4-5 hours. Eventually reached the turnoff to the coast, and that gave me a bit of a tailwind..suddenly my speed was double. Took a nap under a tree and pushed onward.
Broke a spoke on my new rear wheel, argh. I told them I wanted the heavy guage spokes when I was having the wheel built, but they put on normal ones.
Also realized that today I didn't speak to one single person, not by choice, but that is just the way it worked out. Nobody stopped to say hellow or see if I needed anything, weird.
Still dunno if I'm going to go up to Exmouth, it is 170k or so out of the way, but I do have a couple packages waiting there for me...and Grubby emailed me and told me he watched turtles humping on the beach, so maybe I should go.