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.
Went and got a bike box this morning and kind of doddled around until the afternoon. Critical Mass was today. This is an event that happens the last Friday of the month all over the world. People on bikes all get together in a giant pack and ride though the streets. I was looking forward to it since this would be the first one I'd be attending that wasn't in Portland.
Met up with Grubby in front of the library. The ride started about an hour later and was a lot of fun. There were police escorts and police on bikes. They were great to have around because they were friendly and kept any pissed off motorists at bay. I didn't get footage of it, but this was probably the only time in my life that I'd ever get to hear Bob Dylan blaring out of a police loudspeaker.
Grubby and I ended up eating Pizza at my favorite spot in St. Kilda, then made our way back home. Tomorrow we are going out downtown since there is supposed to be some sorta street party going on.