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, July 01, 2005

Impressions from the flood

It was an interesting experiment to ride through the debris left over from the flood this morning on my usual route once again. Actually, there was a mist hanging over the Gold Coast both in the morning and in the evening, which added a little bit of "mystery" to the pre-dawn ride this morning. It was also unusually humid for this time of year, but that is understandable! So far today I've had a few thoughts about the flood, and not all of them as negative as some of the impressions that others might have.

  1. It has averted a major bushfire crisis. This seems to have been forgotten, but record low levels of rain the months February to April (when a lot normally falls), left the Gold Coast and especially the hinterland in serious danger of major bushfire problems around August if the dry season continued in it's usual way. Yesterday's deluge should have put paid to that.
  2. The damage was much worse than it needed to be. Many of the places that went under had the same problem in 2001 (the last decent downpour). The only difference was then, there were no houses on them. It seems complacency has set into the design of some of the outer lying areas. The growth of the region seems to have initiated a "bang 'em up quick" mentality. Sadly, this aspect has received little coverage, so when the next downpour comes (probably during the next wet season or the one after), the same thing will happen again.
  3. It was awesome to cycle through! Seriously. It's not often that my little 13km commute is looked upon as an epic ride, but give me a downpour like that and a few flooded areas to negotiate, and it's just that! The totally deserted roads made a nice change too.

In other news, I got another e-mail from Fernando. It looks like the NZ tour starts on November 5. Now if I can just contain myself for another 127 days -- that's a heck of a long time to be pouring over maps.


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