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.
This morning I was grinding hard on a new website. Anthony, a friend of Anna and Caroline's came by and asked us if we wanted to go camping up at the hut at Mt. Aspiring. I said no a first but later changed my mind. Ran arond town getting a hut pass and food, soon we were on the road. One of the other guys on the trip was this guy Matt...who was from Bellingham, WA in the USA. We spent a good amount of taime talking Bellingham, I miss it there...well, probably just miss everything that happened there.
The hike in was nice, mostly flat along a river. It was more of a road for this part though, especially when we got to the hut and there was a DOC truck parked there. The hut wasn't what I epected...this was basically a hostel it seemed like. We spent the evening eating and playing cards.