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.
Slow getting out of Greymouth today. Wasn't hungover, just kinda running slow from being out till 2:30am. Clothes reeked of cigarette smoke. I'll be glad when they ban smoking in all public places. (how can we look cool if we can't smoke!)
It was a pretty nice ride along the coast, the road actually goes right by the ocean. There were a few hills and the slowed things down a bit. Stopped at the Pancake Rocks/Blowholes at Punukaki. There were a bunch of meathead 20 year oldish kids perched out on a rock for a photo. (Do not climb on rocks Mr. Sign says).
Found the backpackers and decided to stay there, wasn't going to make it to Westport before dark. Met a couple guys from the UK. One was playing a Pavement CD. I asked him what it was and he said it was an "Australian tour promo CD with rare B-sides". Awesome, a record nerd! We went to the pub that night because the All Blacks were playing England in Rugby. (NZ lost). We spent most of the night just talking music music music. Both of them (Ben & Ryan, hi!) worked in record stores...so we all had a lot of similar stories and terms for various types of customers. (at the one I worked at we had Death Metal guy, the Budget Rack dudes, and the REM girl). It brought back a lot of memories. One guy would always come in and try and weasel down the price by saying that the "cd was across the street for only $25.99", I just told him he'd probably better buy it over there then. (since I knew they did't have it).
Might go tomorrow, might not, it is raining really hard now.