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.
Rob and Erica showed up in the morning. We got all the stuff together and were on the water awhile later. The water was, er, rough. I definetly don't get seasick anymore, I can tell you that. We got to a spot and dropped our lines in. I was finish off a hand line. I kept feeling little nibbles and about five minutes later I felt a fish on. I started winding in the line and pulled the fish into the boat. It was a snook about 2.5 feet long! This was by far the biggest fish I've ever caught. Wasn't the prettiest thing, but Rob said they were good eatin'....and to not put your fingers near their teeth. We continued fishing. Awhile later, much to my suprise, a boat pulled up next to us. It was the marine saftey police. Turns out we were short one life jacket and no flares. Naughty naughty. Ended up only getting fined $80.00 though, but it put an and to the days fishing.
I took a major nap, had to get caught up on sleep. Abe and I watched "A Beautiful Mind." Later on everyone came over and we cooked up all the fish and had a really nice evening meal. Might go tomorrow, might not.