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.
Was up till about 3am last night working on the clock site. Did a bunch of mods to the backend and stuff was all broken...so I couldn't get in any new clock pics. Got that sorted and went to bed.
Edwina and Richard packed their car while I packed my bike. We said our goodbyes and soon all went our separate ways. They were going south to see family for a few days. Okarito was a nice diversion indeed.
The ride today was nice, snow-capped mountains off in the distance. Stopped in Whataora and got a veggie burger. The place had a lot of "no cycles" in front of it...reminded me of Adelaide River in the Territory in Australia. Read the local free paper. Seems some teens "let loose" and really rocked up a storm with their band at the local Workingmens Club the other night.
Rest of the day was pretty uneventful. I didn't even stop for a break anywhere. Got to the backpackers which is an old church that has been nicely remodeled into a backpackers. The guy running it, Paul, asked me if I could help him tow a vechicle up the road. Next thing I knew we were up on a logging road with me steering this very used Landcruiser. I mean, the thing was a work of art, the clutch had a cable on it so you could pull it back up...and there was moss growing in it. I loved it. Paul ended up steering it and I drove the truck. Turning the whole works around was a bit of a pain, the Landcruiser nearly rolling over the edge at one point. We got it towed down to his place and went back to the backpackers. I talked to Paul for awhile, he turns 30 years old, 23 days after I do.
Tomorrow I'm going to head to Greymouth.