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.
last friday in the southern hemisphere.
Did the usual Wellington town thing today. Met up with Mairead around 11pm. You wouldn't realize what a pain in the butt it is to call someone from a payphone in New Zealand, but it is. Steve in Melbourne says it is because everyone has mobile phones now. Anyway, ranting aside, we started out at 11:00pm and went around town for the next seven! hours. Danced, drank, took clock photos. At one point we were walking down the street and I went to take a photo of everyone. I started yelling at all the passers-by to get in the photo..and a bunch of people did. Turns out a couple of the guys were stuntmen on Lord of the Rings and one was a caterer.
Got home about 6:30am, MCQ had just gotten home a little before me and was watching Saturday morning cartoons. We watched them for awhile and that was that.