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.
I didn't have the laptop with me on this part of the trip so the pictures will be doing the talking today.
We were up early and had a nice ride out to Doubtful Sound. You have to first take a boat across a lake, then go on this road for awhile to get to the launching point for the kayaks. On the boatride there were two guys who were going out for several days. MCQ and one of the guys started talking, turns out he was from Olympia, Washington. I looked at him and asked if I had taken a picture of him in Wanaka. He said "yeah!", and that I looked familiar but he couldn't place me. Funny world we live in.
The whole day was great, neat, and fun. The mountains just rise up out of the water...this is a fjord I guess so that is supposed to happen. (glaciers carving and stuff like that)
At camp there was a bug shelter there, which was good...cause the sandflies were a bit bad.