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.
Ahh, tonight is New Years eve. Dave called me up and we went downtown to get clothes for this James Bond party that Pete was having tonight. I got some Army clothes and we walked around town. Went to the $2 store to get guns and gags for the party. Most of it broke within a couple hours, maybe we should have gone to the $3.00 store instead. I bought a plastic SWAT kit, Australian play money, a plastic AR-15 assault rifle, a suction cup gun, and a mobile phone that went "operator! operator!" in a Chinese voice.
Dave came and picked me up and we went to the party. The party was a lot of fun, met a bunch of different people, including a couple guys from Seattle! The squirt guns were quite fun to have at the party, whoever had one had the power. I think Dave had a little too much because he came out yelling Happy New Year! at 12:20am. heh.
Thanks Pete for the party!