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.
Taking today off. Anthony left in the morning and I cranked out a ton of stuff, got the travel site update burned to disk and a bunch of other little stuff done.
Went into town and mailed off a bunch of stuff. Met another bike tourer named Danny, he is from Canada...kind of just biking around the Southwest for now. Met up with Cynthia (who I met with Sam and Nadia in Perth) for afternoon coffee. We talked and talked and talked, it was a good time.
Met back up with Anthony. Anthony drove me down to the beach to show me the inlet and stuff. It was pretty cool, a shame I probably would have missed it otherwise. It is one of those things that is too far out of the way to go check out on the bike.
Didn't really do much except play Two Tigers on MAME (arcade emulator on my pc) and swap stories. I'm heading out tomorow....