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.
Woke up to a really pretty sunrise, took a few pictures, then back to sleep for another three hours. I think all that coffee and wild night of reading did me in for this morning.
MCQ and I headed out around 11:00am and straight up out of the gorge. Was a pretty uneventful ride for most of the day. Stopped at the pub in Mt. Sommers for fish and chips (prefaced by a plate of nachos). The nachos were pretty much a bag of nacho cheese doritos with chili dumped on top, then some cheese and sour cream. Went to the general store and had ice cream despite the fact that it was a bit chilly outside.
Pushed it pretty good today, my pace is a lot faster here mostly since I have someone to ride with and I'm only carrying about 4 tons of crap instead of 5.
Talked with a few people here at the caravan park. Met a nice couple from the UK that had been in Australia...and I got the "you crossed the nullabor!" conversation, I guess I didn't get to leave that behind in Australia after all.
Tonight is Friday night but MCQ and I are feeling a bit like tired losers and just want to read our books and go to sleep.