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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Monday, June 06, 2005

Short battery life

Yesterday morning I woke up still feeling the effects of the fast climb of Springbrook the previous day, but still wanting more. The venue chosen for the morning ride was Numinbah Valley, a little further west, a slightly longer ride (129km), with plenty of climbing of it's own -- albeit more undulating, up and down that the constant climb of Springbrook. It was a chilly start -- down to 7 degrees C (the coldest morning of the year so far), with the early ups and downs near Advancetown Lake providing nice views of some of the clouds lifting.

After the ups and downs comes a forested section, before the road opens up into Numinbah Valley itself, normally with expansive views of the surrounding mountains, but not so this morning due to the mist across the valley.

It's here where the photo essay ends, due to the short life of the batteries that came with that camera a couple of weeks ago. Normally I can get quite good battery life through not using the LCD -- often over 100 photos without even seeing the "low battery" warning. To run out this early in the piece offers cause for concern, although perhaps one should not expect too much from batteries that were sitting on a store shelf for an indeterminate period of time. Perhaps I'll get better life out of the rechargeables that I bought. I hope so. It might be just as well it went now -- given that I have a tour coming up next weekend.

The rest of the ride was still beautiful, as it always is down there. The 10km leading up to the NSW border through that Valley are some of the most spectacular in the entire country, and the John Hogan rainforest on the return is always a special experience. I was able to pull out a surprisingly strong finish too -- keeping the ride under five hours -- with four seconds to spare.


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