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.
Christmas Day and I only took six pictures, how about that? We opened Christmas presents in the morning, Dave got me a flat tire fixing kit, I made him a few CD's. Most of today was spent going to "relly bashes".
We had Christmas lunch with Jessica's (Dave's mum) family. They asked me if I'd heard the jokes about hoop snakes and drop bears. They are both urban legends/jokes played on foreigners to keep them scared. A hoop snake is one that when it chases you down a hill, it rolls up into a hoop and rolls down the hill...so it can get to you faster. A drop bear is a one that drops out of the tree at random and attacks you...I think.
Later that night we ended up at house Graham's (Dave's pa) family. I got cookies as a present. Had a nice dinner and took a few clock pics to round out the night.
A great Christmas overall. (thanks Dave, Graham, and Jessica!)