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.
Just heard a radio interview where they were interviewing someone from Soap Lake in the Northwest US about a big lava lamp they are building...how funny.
Got up early and went back into Walpole to get some food for today. Ran into the cafe guy again. Met a couple from Melbourne and got a clock picture with them.
Headed out of town towards the Valley of the Giants. This (obviously) is a place where there are a lot of big Tingle and Karri trees. There is a treetop walk in place there. I took the sideroad to it and reached the parking lot. It is a pretty busy place overall. As I was pushing my bike through the parking lot, I passed a family getting out of their car. Mom, Dad, and two boys about age 10. As I walked past I heard one of the kids looking at my bike and say "Stuff that!"
The treetop walk was kind of cool. Only supposed to be 20 people on a span at any given time, seemed to be a few people nervously counting before they got on.
Rest of the day was pretty uneventful. Just a nice ride into Denmark, except for a brutal headwind when I passed a farming area. Hung out in Denmark working on the travel site, then biked to Anthony's house about the time he got off work. Met up with him...good to see a familiar face again. Made plans to meet up with Sam and Nadia's friend Cynthia tomorrow.
Anthony took me out to a shack on some property he has out in the bush, kind of a cool shack and a crazy road to get to. Went and had a couple beers, then to a cafe that his parents just opened. Today was their first day of being open and it went pretty well from what I gathered. Had a nice dinner there and then we came home.