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.
Woke up, feet and knees hurt. Doddled around the hostel for awhile planning to take the day off. After moving around for awhile I started getting restless and decided to just pack up and jet to Okarito. Packed up, went and nerded out for awhile in the "internet bus". I only had to go about 30km today so I wasn't in any hurry to get out of town. Talked to this guy Dean from the hostel in front of the grocery store for a long while. Thanksfully I had my marking pens with me so I could get an instant clock photo of him via his shopping bags.
Cruised out of town...left knee was hurting already. It was a pretty easy ride to Okarito. Okarito is a small settlement on the coast, just a handful of houses, a sea kayaking business and the hostel. The hostel is an old schoolhouse. Okarito used to be a huge thriving town a long time ago. Now it is this nice quiet little place. The people here seem to like it this way. I'd heard down in Fox Glacier that the bastard developers have already tried polluting this area. (Sorry, I don't buy the mentality that every nice quaint little place in the world "needs" a big resort).
Went out for a walk on the beach and came back to the hostel. There was a note on the table saying that the Okarito Community Association was having a potluck at the hostel tonight and I was invitied. Yay! About 90 minutes later there were about 20 people in the hostel. Had some yummy food and talked with all the people.