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.
Got up at the usual time, soon joined Kevin for coffee. Everyone else was soon up and running around. Louise gave me all kinds of yummy food...Christmas candy, half of a carrot cake, peas, corn, sprouts, lasange, and fried rice. We all said our goodbyes and I left around 9am. The lasange kept calling me from my front pannier, so it didn't even make it 5km.
The ride was pretty uneventful today. This road is unsealed for the large majority of it, hence there is hardly any traffic. Had a pretty good tailwind so the ride was pretty fast. I was hitting the rocks pretty hard and soon my back tire started leaking, so I stopped. All within the hour I stopped I put on a new tire and tube, fixed a rack bolt, and changed a spoke. Wasn't but 30 minutes later that I hit a rock and got a flat on the back.
I'm at this little old homestead right now. I had heard about it and it was just in the perfect spot for stopping for the day. Sign says it has been here since 1890. Inside there are all kinds of things. Religious books, guest book, tabliod trash and fishing magazines. The wind keeps blowing in through all the cracks in the walls. I went to make dinner and came across some food that I had forgotten about, cheese and mushrooms. It smelled like a urinal in a camper, worse yet it was multiplying via maggots, ewww. Oh yeah, speaking of which, flies have been terrible, had to have the $4.71 Normanton, QLD headnet on today they were so bad.
I've eaten most of Louise's yummy food by this point and all of it has hit me by now...so time for bed.