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.
Was up today and kinda slogging around. Thought about going today but Louise said something about all of us going to the beach...which sounded like fun. I went to get a second cup of coffee but Louise wouldn't let me since it was bad for me, I had to wait till before lunch. Doh!
We headed out to the beach in the early afternoon. It was a lot of fun, I bodyboarded for the first time. (thanks Abe!) I got dumped by a couple waves and the sand gave me a good burn on the back. It was a lot of fun being on top of a wave and riding the whole way in. I caught this large wave and Abe said I should have looked back, cause it was above me the whole time.
Gabby and Hannah were jumping up and down on the trampoline. They were singing "I love rock and roll", I thought that was kinda cool that they new the lyrics, then I remembered that they only know it via Britney. Now I feel old, I remember being in Bruno's Pizza Parlour, Yakima, WA in 1982 and hearing that song for the first time. I taught them some Ramones songs. I think Lousie might have been wondering what the heck I was teaching them since Hannah kept running around the house singing "Put me in a wheelchair, put me on a plane, hurry hurry hurry, before I go insane"
Louise, the three youngunss and I all went for an evening walk. Got back and I made a Husker Du CD for Abe, he seemed pretty happy about getting it.
I'm heading out tomorrow....