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.
Spent the day doing stuff. Happened to check my email right when Jens was online. He caught the tram up to Coburg to see me before I eft. He is flying to Sydney on Friday and then back to Germany the next week. Good to see him one last time before we parted ways in Oz. (see ya man!)
Steve, Katrina and I drove to the airport. It was a little wierd being there since the last time I was there my mental state was a lot different. Back then I had an overloaded bike and probably the worst ride of the entire trip before me, that being from the Melbourne Airport to Melbourne. Funny how that works.
The plane ride was alright, got to see a lot of lightning from above. As they were reading through the safety checks, the girl said "This plane is equipped with a life raft...wait...no it's not, skip that." Everyone cheered and clapped on the plane. Turns out it was her first time reading that.
Landed in Hobart, Maree was there! Good to see here again after six months. Got my bag and we headed to Hobart in the rain.