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.
Woke up kinda early and got the backyard cleaned up. Saw that Bollino's car was for sale so I added another sign to it to hopefully increase it's value. We walked up to Stumptown at Belmont for coffee. I said goodbye to everyone and then rode to the Amazing office. Did some email, Steve walked in. Good to see him again, then we went down the street and had lunch. Steve gave me an "Area Man" t-shirt that you get from theonion.com. My buddy Kevin came by awhile later, hadn't talked to him voicewise since Broome in October 2002! Kevin asked if I was going to Burning Man. I said I didn't know. After talking to him a couple minutes I decided I'd go biking to BM with him too at the end of August.
Got back to Chris' house. Milana came by and we went out to dinner. Nice to see her again too, she hasn't aged at all, but her car sure has. Dinner was yummy Thai food. Ran into...Keith again, the same guy I ran into up in the mountains a few days ago.
When Milana took me home I spotted a Pontiac Grand Am that someone had broken the plastic letters around to read "Pontiac Grandma". heh.