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.
spent most of the morning clacking away on the laptop in the tent...getting the travel site up to date. Good thing I have five batteries with me, although I'm on the last of the five. It was good to get everything caught up, though I'm probably forgetting some details of the stay in Perth.
Got on the road around 11am. Stopped at the store about 5km up the road. This is the second store in Australia that wouldn't just give me water...had to buy it. It hasn't been raining lately. I'm not complaining...but I thought I'd have water trouble out near the Great Sandy Desert...not here. Sat on hold for 30 minutes with my credit card company, only to find out the fraud department had just closed. Fuggers. Called Maree (hi!). Ended up getting some food and didn't get going till nearly 1pm.
The ride was nice the whole day. I took a long gravel backroad most of the day. Realized I wouldn't get to Pemberton before dark so I just hung it up here. Had to look around for awhile to find a decent spot to camp before darkness set in...kinda like a dog spending 10 minutes looking for a spot to pee. Gotta run, there is one of those Quokka things running around my camp, (s)he got so close I had to use the macro setting on my camera.