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.
Met a guy from the US this morning. He was from Park City, Utah, down here just travelling around...seemed to be having a good three weeks. MCQ went up to the store and I finished breakfast. Said goodbye to Bernard at the holiday park....nice folks there. (thanks again if you guys are reading this!). Made our way out of town and headed west. Had to put the raingear back on, other than that the ride was nice and uneventful. In Burke's Pass there was a large St Berndard, roughtly the size of a C-5 galaxy plane. I wanted to take a picture but there were a couple women standing by it so I didn't.
A van passed me and the guy leaned out the window and yelled something at me. People, if you wish to hurl insults/obscenities at people on bikes, you must slow down to a speed where the trajectory of your voice won't land in the bushes 10 feet ahead of the target.
Discovered that the plastic reflector posts are great for bending back and launching pieces of gravel catapult like at MCQ, got some great video of it.
We got into Lake Tekapo, it was starting to get pretty cold. Went to the hostel and got sorted there. Couldn't really find anything good at the store to eat, so I had a dinner of plain rice, tomatoes, and baked beans.
Been reading the book "Fast Food Nation", quite an interesting read. Almost a third of the way though it. Tomorrow I dunno if it is going to be a long day or short day...MCQ is dishing out the plans for the most part. After a year of planning and daily decision making in Australia, it is kind of nice to have someone else do the driving so to speak. Oh yeah, MCQ and I played five games of Yahtzee, I won three, but he won in overall point total. (in case you were wondering...)