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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Sunday, January 09, 2005

One perfect day

What can be said about today, other than beautiful, but I'm getting ahead of myself here.

"It's a place I've been before, a place some say I should go more,
but every journey just leads me to far away" -- Sarah Blasko.

It had been six months since my last visit to O'Reilly's, the western gateway to the magnificent Lamington National Park. I excused myself from a Binna Burra ride with Martin because I knew this was the day I had to return. For most of the last six months I've been exploring new roads or trails in the Tweed Valley, and following dreams in other parts of the country, but in doing so I may have neglected one of the great rides of my recent past.

After escaping suburbia (which doesn't take as long when you're heading west), I rode through the magnificient, forested and very green gorge country to the town of Canungra. This is where the ride starts. Ups and downs southward bound into a headwind (which kept the temperature to a very pleasant 21 degrees C to date), before starting the climb...

It's a long, gradual winding climb up to Kamarun lookout, a spur on the eastern edge of the range

Surrounded by beautiful rainforests

Which occasionally give way to stunning mountain views.

The temperature at the top was a beautiful 17 degrees C. The only downside is the long, gradual, winding descent -- especially as my brake pads are close to the scrap heap. I'll be putting on the new ones I bought this week. Descending to Canungra bakery, and climbing out of the town after re-fueling, but this ride wasn't over yet. I headed back toward the Gold Coast through Clagiraba, where there is one steep bugger of a hill. This hill always takes a lot out of me, but today it was inspiring as much as draining, now I had 1,900 metres of climbing on the altimeter, and I wanted to really make a statement with this ride.

A deviation to Hinze Dam, where Gold Coast cyclists go looking for quick hills followed, then a southerly procession through the ups and downs, into that monster of a wind, which couldn't get me because of the hills. Mudgeeraba, then (alas) Robina -- finally the wind got a chance on the first flat, treeless stretch of road for virtually the whole day. It took a shot, I took a shot back, then negotatiated the multitude of roundabouts to get out of there.

Beyond that, there is little to tell. I took some suburban detours to make the ride into an imperial century (number two this month already), but they were neither here nor there. I now felt unstoppable. Even now I still have that feeling of elation that only comes from a special day in the saddle. One perfect day? Maybe I'll try for a few more. Either way, I know I'll have to return to O'Reillys soon.


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