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..

More cycling blogs

Blog Directory - Blogged

Powered by Blogger

This site is certified 76% GOOD by the Gematriculator This site is certified 24% EVIL by the Gematriculator

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Numinbah Vs Tweed Valley

Time for another thread title explanation: This comes from Martin's apparent fascination with rap duo Poof Daddy vs Big Cock John.

This was a day of grim determination and extreme heat, and one that almost didn't even get underway. First there was the save from yesterday, then there was the fact that I left home at first without any money -- not a smart move. I had to go home and get it, we got underway 40 minutes late. This ride took in Hinze Dam, before the beautiful ride through Numinbah Valley.

After this, as the name suggests, the descent from Numinbah Gap into the Tweed Valley was to follow. Martin and I had a minor misunderstanding on the descent, but it passed without incident (thankfully), before we pressed on through the hilly sections toward Tyalgum -- now it was starting to get hot. -- but still very scenic, with the clouds resting on the surrounding mountains.

From Tyalgum it was a stunning ride across toward Murwillumbah, turning south for lunch at Uki -- the best cafe in Northern NSW.

Now it was really hot, the ride was still beautiful, but sometimes this can be overlooked in conditions such as these. The return to Murwillumbah was via Stokers Siding (again, I offered a detour to Richard's Deviation -- again this was rejected). Now I was struggling a little on the climbs in the heat, climbing the Condong Range toward Clothiers Creek, riding along the scenic ridge across Farrant's Hill, descending to Tumbulgum for more fluids, then the feared climb of Hogan's Road.

Actually, this wasn't so bad. The gradient is steep enough that height is gained quickly, but not steep enough to cause huge problems -- the rainforest here is cool and inspiring.

The final climb of Bilambil (after a screaming descent) is always a problem in these conditions because it offers no shade. It was eventually overcome, before we ruthlessly poured through the remaining suburbia. Right now I'm feeling a little tired due to the heat (which hasn't let up, even though the sun has gone down -- or is that just my apartment?). Right now I'm not feeling like I ever want to sit on a bike again after that. However, I know it's a matter of time (probably just a matter of hours) before I change my mind, and start planning another epic adventure.


Post a Comment

<< Home