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.
Woke up this morning to the sound of the TV at the caravan park. Some kids were watching some kids show that sounded like a puppet based show. It wasn't Hi-5 or Humphrey Bear, so I knew it wasn't worth my while getting out of the sleeping bag to go run in there and check out Kathleen from Hi-5 or the girl that talks to Humphrey Bear.
The three of us ate breakfast in front of Foodland and later bid goodbye. I was staying at the hostel, they were leaving the next day to take the train across the Nullabor to Port Augusta. We might meet up again in New Zealand...time wll tell.
Spent the rest of the day doing the usual busy work that comes with arriving in town, cleaning clothes, getting the fungus scum out of my camelback, charging batteries, working on the clock site, etc. Got my new passport at the post office, I look a little scary with the beard and sunburnt nose.