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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Tuesday, April 18, 2006


I have to admit, I feel a little frustrated right now. While seemingly every other blog I read raved about wonderful things they did over Easter, I spent most of it clearing out accumulated clutter from my apartment. That isn't to say it was totally unproductive, just that I wasn't doing my planned bike tour on the Granite Belt. I did, however, manage to get a couple of very nice rides in (albeit shorter and more localised than I would have liked).

~ Friday
Friday morning was an all too brief escape to Springbrook in the hinterland. I "officially" ended up with 91km, but in truth I probably did a little more -- during the early part of the ride my computer was still set for the wheel diameter of the MTB that I used briefly last week. The noticeable thing on the early part of this ride was the fact that we are now firmly entrenched in wildflower season.

Springbrook seems to be one of those places where you'll always find something, even if the thought of returning to the rat race afterward is a little disappointing. Somehow I never quite manage to spend as much time up there as I would like. That said, it didn't stop me going mad with the camera (again).

~ Sunday
To think that I didn't even ride at all on Saturday, and Sunday very nearly became a non-event. After a late phone call the evening before, I agreed to meet Martin for a ride through Currumbin Valley. Of course, it wasn't long (i.e. after the "hill" at West Burleigh) that he was egging me on to throw in Tallebudgera Valley as well. Those who know me will realise that I was never going to be able to resist that challenge. In the end, heading for Tallebudgera Valley wasn't such a bad idea.

There are a couple of ways that one can link Tallebudgera and Currumbin Valleys. My personal favourite is to ride over the small climb of Ducats road, and the screaming descent of Trees Road before linking up on connection road.

This ride turned out to be particularly pleasant. I think it may just be the overcast conditions and the relief they provide from the relentless heat of this part of the world. For once we did without the "needles in the skin" feeling that comes with the Queensland sun. Of course, on a ride like this, the scenery helps too.

~ Monday
I found a few free hours last night, so I decided on the old Glow worm ride. The main reason for this was to take one final night ride on Urliup Road before a big chunk of the dirt road is sealed. I was having some problems with my light generator early on, that I managed to trace to a really loose front wheel. I'd had the headset on my bike replaced last week, and evidently the mechanics at the LBS didn't tighten everything as they should have. Admittedly, this is the first such mistake they've made in the eight years I've been using them, but it's something I'll check more closely in future just the same.

Riding down a narrow, winding, dirt road through a rainforest on a dark, moonless night is an almost spiritual experience. In truth, any night riding is pretty special, but somewhere like Urliup really seems to heighten the experience. There is a kind of liberating isolation that just doesn't seem to come with any other activity in life. Unfortunately, it had to end eventually, but there was some compensation in the form of a stunning moonrise that was seen shortly after I returned to the seal near Bilambil.

For some reason I seemed to fade quite badly in the closing stages of that ride. Perhaps it's just a function of the seemingly unrelenting stress of the last couple of weeks -- although there now appears to be some light at the end of that particular tunnel. If that light is half as bright as my E6, there will be plenty of reason to rejoice.


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