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.
Oh..boy, still felt sick today but was hoping I'd get better. Went downtown and did some email, then came back.
MCQ and I went down to Fidel's where we were going to meet a few people. I was feeling a bit better by then. Andrew and Toby from the backpackers showed up and said happy 30th, that was cool. Then things went downhill. After drinking about half a beer, I got lightheaded and nearly passed out. It wasn't a good scene. I just said, "haven't been feeling well, gotta go, bye". And was gone in like two seconds. MCQ left with me. I had to sit on the sidewalk for awhile, eventually I made it home and layed down on the couch. Being sick sucks.
The Coolies were playing tonight just down the street too..I would have liked to have seen them. Argh!