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

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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Oh what a night!

Do you believe in destiny and fate? I can't say I'm a great believer, but some things just seem meant to be. So it was tonight, as I set off for a post-work bike ride, I felt a certain tinge of excitement leading me toward Austinville. I've done this ride hundreds of times, but this somehow seemed different. Early on I am greeted by a spectacular light show, somewhere moderately distant is getting a huge storm. The night sky and the hills surrounding me are illuminated by bright flashes 2-3 times every second, it is a spectacular sight. I can kept riding even if I have a light failure here.

Into the deep, dark rainforest, now I can only see the light flashes through the canopy at the top. They promise cooling, relieving rain, but I'm not terribly expectant at this stage. Onto the dirt road, seems a little bumpier, perhaps I need to take the descent a little slower on the way back. I pass a slightly flooded causeway, but can't splash up enough water to cool down in the heat, it's a minor annoyance. I reach the end, and pause for a few moments, admiring the light flashes through the canopy.

Now I'm riding back, negotiating the rough patches on the dirt, I see a glow on my right, that's not distant lightning, and I'm too far from the city to see any of those lights, and it has a green tinge, which could indicate... it is! It's a colony of rainforest glow worms! Here! I've passed through this area so many times, day and night, yet it's only tonight that I've made this discovery. The colony is huge, there are hundreds, possibly thousands of them! Their glow seems so bright, it's an inspirational sight, and one that leaves me with an amazing feeling of triumph.

I ride home invigorated, none of the hills, nor the wind can stop me! I'm in inspired form, flying along at ridiculous speeds at times, and feeling great. Even now the sense of excitement is still with me. Now I'm left pondering mysteries -- was this all meant to be? And the feeling of excitement before the ride, was this a sign of things to come, an indication that somehow, there was something special in my immediate future? Does the rainforest really have magical powers? Or is it all, just coincidence? Whatever the reason, the lesson here is to trust my instincts in future. If there is a feeling about a day, about a ride, go with it. Who knows what you might discover out there?


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