Audax Australia
This is the umbrella organisation running long distance cycling events in Australia Their website includes a calendar of events.

A place where cyclist can keep track of their mileage and any number of other statistics, as well as an attached forum.

A set of discussion forums covering almost every conceivable cycling related topic.

Cycling Adventurer
The Cycling Adventurer has tossed in the structured life of an urbanite to explore the world by bicycle. A well-written site detailing how he came to cycling, and what he learned along the way.

Crazy Guy on a Bike

Bicycle touring journals from all over the world, including a couple of my own.

Johns Cycles

This is my LBS on the Gold Coast. While they cater more to the racing market, their service, advice and workmanship is the best on the coast.

St Kilda Cycles

Importers of all manner of things hard to find in Australia, including the legendary Schmidt hub dynamo & E6 lights.


Wonderings and wanderings out and about in Portland, Oregon, US

The Journey
The journey begins in Perth, Western Australia.

Lance Notstrong
The "other" Lance!

Ms Mittens
The Wired Cat on-line

Iron Gambit

Aussie Writer and Cycletourist
A blog chronicling the writing and cycling of a seaside baby boomer.

Up in Alaska
Jill's subarctic journal about ice, bears and distant dreams of the midnight sun.

The Kin Chronicles
Taking mediocrity to a new level of ordinary.

Riding and running with a vengeance.

London Cycling Diary
Pedalling across the capital since August 2005.

CouchPilot-2-BikePilot (Zin's cycling blog)
Living an adventurous life with Type-2-Diabetes.

The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
... Including cycling, adventuring, cooking, knitting and ranting.

Redneck Espanol
The two wheeled Spanish redneck.

Treadly and me
"Work is something I do between riding my bicycle".

Womanist philosophy and theology. Cycling, climbing, art, single-motherhood and fire-twirling.

Adrian Fitch's random rambling.
A bit about cycling, a bit about genealogy, a bit about radio but mostly a lot about nothing at all.

Geo's big adventure
The life and times of Geo.

It's about the bike
Musings on the cycling life.

Various cycling tidbits.

Industry Outsider
A blog about bikes and stuff.

Tweed Coast Treadly
An old man's bicycle riding diary.

A cyclist's life in Tenerife
(Canary Islands).

Bike to work to live to bike
It's never too late to get back on the bike

Stupid Hurts
Just the random scribblings of a guy with a bicycle

I'm not drunk enough for this
Really, I'm not.

What can I say? Just read it.

Mozam's cycling adventures
A random collection of the things I like to do most, and mostly that is to ride my bikes, bicycles that is... My musings from competitive riding, long distance endurance to puttering around the neighborhood..

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Friday, September 17, 2004

The joys of the commute -- and a new project

Often it's the little things that we miss on the voyage through life. On the Internet I've shared many pictures of places I've ridden, some including spectacular coastlines, tumbling waterfalls, rainforests, mountains, and places far from home. However, there are times when we overlook the things we see everyday. Often we take them for granted, but there are times when we should perhaps pause to explore their beauty a little further.

I speak of none other than my daily ride to and from work. I'm actually very fortunate to have a beach-side commute, to be able to hear the waves crashing, breathe the ocean spray, and just generally chill out (perhaps a contradiction in a Queensland summer, but the sea-breeze is always pleasant) after a long day at the office. Today I brought the camera along, and made a couple of very quick snaps on the evening ride home. Of course, I missed a spectacular sunset simply through being in the wrong place at the wrong time (the best of it was obscured by buildings). However, I did pass alongside the playground of the rich and famous.

For years, the South Pacific has been a regular companion to me. I've bathed in it, cycled and jogged alongside it, baked in the sun next to it, and paused near it for contemplation on many occasions. Again, it's obscured by buildings for large sections of the commute (thanks urban development), but for one, brief, moment every afternoon/evening at Narrowneck, I'm able to transcend all of that and just be there.

And to think, it wasn't even a particularly photogenic day. Now that I'm carrying my camera on the commute, I'm sure there will be better shots to come. Maybe last week's rainbows might come back again.

Of course, I also mentioned a new project. I've been observing the state of the 2005 wall calendars that are available in shops at the moment, and from what I can see, they all look pretty bland. I know they have pictures of some very beautiful places, but to me, they just look a little bit too much like the pictures that were used last year. What I intend to do, is design my own. This project will be themed on Tasmania, as I took a cycling tour there last year and fell in love with the place.

I have around 300 photos, from which to choose 12 that I intend to feature. After this, I take the layout to someone and get it published professionally, and hang it on the wall. If this works, I might make it an annual thing, and possibly have a different theme each year. I have plenty of local photos of the Gold Coast Hinterland to fall back on should I ever fall short. At this stage, it's very much in the embryonic stage, but I'll post the updates here as the project unfolds. Anyone chasing a sneak preview can check out, where the photos are currently available. I'll be interested to see how some of these look printed.


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