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.
Wow, the hostel is playing the Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main St." album right now, how nice, I haven't heard this album in awhile. I love that "the sunshine bores the daylights out of me" line...anyway...
I'm actually writing this a couple days later, but pretend that I wrote it the night of the 23rd..
The ride today was pretty rough. Although it was only a shorter ride, it was into a headwind for a large chunk of the way and it made for really slow going....just like the west coast of Australia.
After awhile we rolled into Te Anau and set up shop at the holiday park. I needed to address the food issue in a bad way, so I went an got fish and chips then chased it down with ice cream. Looks like we are going to be going sea kayaking on Saturday and Sunday...moving into the hostel tomorrow also.
Met this Japanese guy who was kayaking down the coast of New Zealand. Eventually he got somewhere where he couldn't kayak..."so I stashed the kayak in the bush, hitchhiked into town and bought this van". (which was a pretty expensive 4wd van too)
It rained a bit and was windy thoughout the night, but nothing too terrible.