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.
I'm writing this a few days later, but today was techically probably the last day riding of the trip.
Had a nice ride into Picton, met another touring biker on the way in. We both thought it was a little funny to be seeing each other at this time of year.
Got to Picton, tried calling the friend of a guy I took a clock pic of in Nelson, but none of the payphones are coin!, and you need a special phone card for it. Argh. The boat ride was nice, read a good chunk of the Scully Bio on Apple along the way.
Got to Wellington and proceeded to go on a wild goose chase for 90 minutes. Eventually I found the visitors center and where I needed to go...but Wellington isn't laid out in a grid so I ended walking in a giant "S'.
Found the hostel and did the four-trip load in. Gonna be here for a few days at least.