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.
Last night was a long one. After the snake episode, the rain episode followed. I didn't have the rainfly on my tent since rain hasn't been an issue. I started feeling rain about 2am, so I got up and went outside to cover up everything. Running around naked in the rain with non-stop "ahh's" as a zillion thorns kept sticking into my feet.
Didn't get going until 10:30am. Had to fix my other tire since it was flat. Pushing the bike all around yesterday looking for a place to camp wasn't the best idea. Everything is so dry. Ants were all over everything too. This bush camp sucked! Even worse is that I couldn't get Bob Seger's "Turn th Page" out of my head.
Got going and there was a strong headwind. I crept along at about 10km /hr for most of the day. Only fun part was finding about five license plates along the way, Christmas gifts should be covered now. Had to actually put on my rain jacket and stocking cap, since it was cold for a change. A younger couple stopped and talked to me for awhile, they said Simon was about 10km ahead...so I figured I'd see him at the roadhouse. I continued on and saw a couple wild kitty cats running across the road. It was a little creepy actually to see "wild" cats running around in the bush.
Reached the roadhouse about 9:30pm, it was closed. I went across the road and camped, unloading the bike on the road and carrying all the crap to camp.