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.
walked around town today with MCQ, buying all kinds of crap. Considering how fast we were dropping cash on stuff, you'd think MCQ and I were in competition to see who could spend money the fastest. I bought all kinds of stuff and probably still left some people out. Ended up making a second trip downtown and bought a ton of Vegemite, and did the never-ending week-long quest for strapping tape. Strapping tape (the stuff with the fiberglass strands) is quite rare in Wellington. I ended up a tiny roll at an inflated price. So my suitcase cost $5.00 at Salvation Army, and I then had to spend $10.00 on strapping tape to make sure the lackluster suitcase stayed shut. Got all packed. Went and met up with Mairead at the coffeehouse. I didn't want to go to a bar because I'd just washed my clothes, clothes that I'll be living in for the next few days and the last thing I want is to smell of smoke.
Got back to Becki's...I missed The Bachelorette, they said it kinda sucked anyway. Not that I'm into watching this show or anything, it has been on at the hostels so I ended up watching it for the last month. shh. Tomorrow I fly out.