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 late, got going late...
body was too tired to get going early. Ended up eating a mishmash of breakfast (not much food left) and didn't get going till 11:00am. The whole day basically drug along, had the wind in my face most of the day. Kind of hard to keep the spirts up in such a situation. The highway is so narrow that anytime I see a truck coming (once ever 5 minutes) I have to ride in the gravel (and try to not fall over). Flies were terrible today. Flies are attracted to smelly things and I do indeed smell smelly, so maybe that is it.
Rolled into Penong around 6pm. Turns out this is an actual town...looks like I'm done with the Nullabor. The store closed at 1:30pm, but it closed at 5:30pm on weekends so I wouldda missed out anyway. Went to the caravan park...ended up in probably the oddest but coolest caravan park accomodation I've ever been in. I'm in a tin carport building. It has a light bulb and a couple of power points to which I'm using to charge up this PC and all my AA batteries. Met some people in the kitchen area. Two are from the UK, the other from Australia. We ended up drinking beer and talking all night. (even got a clock photo). Glad I didn't decide to camp out in the bush tonight. So excited that tomorrow I'm gonna wash my sleeping bag...mom would bew proud, it smells horrid.
Anyway, at least I found some nice people to talk to for the night, otherwise today would have been kind of a klunker of a day.