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 out on the boat to go check the craypots and then out to one of the islands. I snorkeled around and took pictures. Saw a big seal on the beach, didn't want to get too close though.
Dave and I drove into Cervantes. Saw a digot (sp) snake, very fast and very poisonous. As we were getting near Cervantes, Dave said.."Hey, there is another guy touring...and he is on one of those sit down bikes". Yup, it was Simon. We pulled up along side and I yelled out hello. Simon looked at me and said hello...then realized it was me and said "well hello!...what are you doing in a car?!?" Simon wsa heading to Cervantes then down to Perth. We made plans to meet up when I got there.
Later that afternoon we headed down to the beach and went fishing. A large stingray came by to check us out. I hadn't seen anything like that so I took a zillion pictures and movies of it. It was about six feet in diameter. It hung around for 30-45 minutes and then left
It was very memorable standing there with a fishing pole in one hand, beer in the other, and the sun going down over the ocean. Probably going to take off tomorrow....