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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Sunday, April 23, 2006

The power source -- GONE! (temporarily)

I knew this was coming, but it's no easier to take. For the last four years or so, my riding has been powered by a secret power source, the world's biggest and most exotic passionfruit vine. For four years I nurtured it, tended it, and was rewarded with a fruit supply so plentiful that not even I could eat all of them. I still have vivid memories of filling panniers with passionfruit for long weekend bike tours, of pitching my tent out in the bush and watching the sun go down while eating passionfruit.

So it was with great sadness that I had to bring forward the annual pruning by a few months as a result of my upcoming move. It's a serious shame to have to cut it back and lose so much fruit -- there were literally thousands of flowers on it (and what pretty flowers they are). This was the peak of the season, and after Queensland's first decent wet season in five years, this year was set to be a bumper crop.

Most of the fruit that was there was not yet ripe. However, all is not lost. I still grabbed a couple of hundred or so, and brought them inside. The climate here is warm enough that I should be able to ripen most of them (even if it has to be indoors). Those that I can't ripen will go into a pot at my new pad, to start the process all over again. I'm not losing the vine.

Incidentally, I managed to pass a passionfruit-powered milestone over the weekend. The climbing "odometer" on my altimeter now reads 322km, or 200 miles. That's the tally since May 2004. 200 miles in under two years. The only ride I had was a quick exploration of Wongawallan in the hinterland, in the foothills of Mt Tamborine. It was quite pleasant in it's own way, but these days 70km rides leave me feeling a little unsatisfied. Still, that was all I had time for, so I can't really complain I guess. The scenery was quite nice, too.

I'll be looking for something really big and nasty on Anzac Day.


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