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.
Today I made the break from Nelson. Said goodbye to a lot of people from the hostel. Maybe when I come back here someday I'll be good enough to beat Dave in Chess!
I was thinking it was going to be a harder ride to day but in fact it wasn't that bad. There were a couple large hills to climb over (350m and 250m high). The wind was at my back so I really didn't mind.
Rolled into Havelock around 4pm. Figured I could probably make Picton a little after dark...but decided I was in no rush; the ferry doesn't leave till 1:30pm anyway.
It is looking like Wellington is going to be the end of the trip. I could make Auckland in 7 days or so...but it would be a long ride and I don't want to be rushing the last couple of weeks and end up with 1,000 things to do before I leave, like when I left Steve and Katrina's in Melbourne. I want to have a normal flight for a change. So tomorrow might be the last day then, even though it is only 35km.