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.
Today we went scuba diving!
We got the boat all loaded up and took off. There were about 12 of us diving and Yulva was my dive buddy. I went to put my gear on and couldn't figure out why the heck the BCD (the part that holds on the tank and fits onto your back) was all messed up. Turns out my mind was somewhere else when I put it onto the tank, I had the BCD mounted on the tank...upside down. I've set up scuba gear about 30 times now and this was the first, trust me. I did get everything swiched around before anyone noticed...except Yulva who was probably a bit unnerved since I was going to be diving with her.
The first dive was pretty good, saw a lot of different things. I have a few movies from the dive (but aren't uploaded yet...need to edit them). The second dive was my favorite of the two. Saw an eel that came up to one guy and checked him out. Didn't see any sea turtles.
Later that afternoon we went down to the beach and messed around. I went to make a sandcastle and it turned into a "2:16" castle. Also got some good footage of me trying to recreate the scene in The Karate Kid where he is doing that little bird kick thingy on the beach.
The store was closed so we all got fish and chips. (Everyone thank Rob!)