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.
Didn't get rained on today. Took awhile to get out of the hostel. Had a long talk with Susan there about outback Australia. Right as I pulled onto the road was a guy and a young kid hitchhiking north. Got to talking to them, and a clock photo!
The day was pretty uneventful, a lot of up and down. I did get to see the ocean for the first time since I got to New Zealand.
At some moments I felt like sitting on my butt, other times I was glad I was riding. Seems that the 1-4pm is my least productive / enthusiastic part of the day. As I was climbing one of the hills, one of the backpacker busses went past me. I couldn't see anyone inside until the last moment when I saw someone clapping in the window.
Lotsa motorcycles been going by me in the last few days too. It was dark when I pulled into the motel here. Only 18 bucks for a cabin, plus they had cookies for sale. (eaten half the package already). Not a whole lot of reading material here. There was a readers digest here, but it was a bit annoying after awhile at how short everything was. I mean, the entire NZ leg of this trip could be described in the above paragraphs. Going to go to Franz Joseph glacier tomorrow. Another backpackerish type town. Might take a day off there, knee hurts a bit. Oh yeah, when I went to pay I found out my credit card expired. I knew that it was going to expire, but the month off in Wanaka threw things off mentally for me.