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.
Up till midnight last night answering email...hence body refused to wake up until 9:00am. Was feeling kinda groggy for the most part. Hung out at the general store for awhile and called Maree. Headed out of town around 11:00am. The ride was pretty nice for the most part, no real wind or anything so it was pleasant. The only bad part were the flies, flies flies flies. It was pretty hot too, about 105f out. I stopped to refill my camelback and kill some flies. Only got about one. At about 3:00pm the wind came up as usual...making the last 10km into Ellison a bit tedious. I decided I wasn't going to go any farther today, because I never really have had a decent ride in a headwind...so I might as well take the rest of the day off. Everyone here in this town is pretty nice. Even the little kids all say hello. Ended up going to the caravan park, the woman was pretty nice. She said if the storm came in I could just move into the kitchen to stay out of the rain...cool. The grocery store has some sorta contest where you guess in what square the horse (out back?) is going to poop in. Raises money for chairity I guess.
There is a bakery here in town, so I'm having a Friday Night rock star meal of a big Calzone and go to the pub later. Maybe tomorrow I'll be up early, but I doubt it.