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.
Woke up and had my typical mashed potato (potatoe if yer Dan Quale) and pea breakfast. Oatmeal just ain't cutting it in the morning now.
Had a nice ride to the junction listening to Big Star the whole way. Sat perplexed at the junction trying to decide if I should make the 2 day sidetrip to Exmouth or not. Decided to just go there and be done with it...especially since I'd have a nice tailwind along the way.
It was a really fast ride into Exmouth, average speed was about three times what it has been the past few days. Hopefully the wind will die down on my way back.
Got into Exmouth and settled in at the caravan park/hostel. The "hostel" is basically a shared room in these little container type things that are called "cabins". Now if there were just some chickens running around I could be living it up in style.
Actually did something unlike me...I planned ahead! Signed up for four scuba dives, two tomorrow and two on Friday. Three of the dives are on the Navy Pier which is this big pier that the Navy built in the 60's. Supposed to be one of the best diving spots in Australia. Going snorkelling on Thursday. Neat neat fun fun.