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 was a national holiday, it was Dave's birthday. Some people also celebrate today as Boxing Day.
We went to the beach in the morning. Everyone was all out and the water was nice. Back home it was cold and snowing and still Christmas Day also. We went to a few peoples houses before ending up at the pub. Had a fun time there met a lot of people, drank a little too much beer, and didn't take enough clock photos. There is an American aircraft carrier in right now, and a handful of sailors were at the pub. Even odder was that many were from Washington state, throwing out the names of such towns as Chehailis. Weird.
Ended up back at Sara's for BBQ and swimming. Played bocci balls and watched the movie Hercules Returns...which you should watch!