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.
The ride today was really tough, took me six hours to do a 3.5 hour ride. If this was a whiny travel site I'd spend a couple pages on how bad the wind was, but I'll just use the above sentence. Ran out of water and had to go into my "reserve" two liters which I've been carrying on the front of the bike for about 3 months now. It tasted like half the plastic bottle was now in the water. Thanks, but I'd rather dehydrate.
As I pulled into Coral Bay a tour bus was leaving. Everyone jumped over to the side of the bus and leaned out the window, cheering me on. This was nice. I remember how on the east coast oncoming drivers would just give you a look of disgust. "Flatlanders" as my friend Curtiss calls them.
Went to the Caravan park in Coral Bay. They manager guy was a nice guy, but pretty intense. He wanted me to go check out the site before I paid for it...to make sure it was what I wanted. It was right next to a big fence, thus blocking out all the wind.
Met this guy from Italy there who was heading down to South Australia to see the eclipse in a couple weeks time. He has been all over the world seeing eclipses. I gave him a license plate and he gave me a shell.
Rob and company should show up tomorrow.....