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 the mroning wrapping up some work and clock site stuff. This will be the last I'll be on the net for a couple weeks, so I tried to get all the loose ends tied up.
Went out and hung out on the pier for awhile, then walked down the beach. Talked to the bricklayer guy again for awhile, interesting guy. He says that the guys that go and fetch the bricks are "labrodors" as in "(whistle) here boy!"
Went out to get a beer and on the way back some guys pulled up next to me and told me there was a bike path off to my left....I shouldn't be riding on the road. I pointed out that it didn't do me much good since I was turning right. He said "well, you shouldn't be riding on the road like this in the dark, it isn't safe" (though my lights were on). I kept myself from pointing out that the road was not indeed safe with drunk blokes like him driving....but I kept my mouth shut.
Not much of a social scene at this hostel, maybe I should have stayed at the other one.