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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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A ride, finally!

The lack of recent updates shows how much free time I've had lately -- so perhaps understandably I was glad to have a free day yesterday to get on the bike and just disappear for a few hours. I headed south, the usual start through Bilambil and the John Hogan Rainforest...

Then over the Burringbar range to the south, joining the Repentence circuit at Mullumbimby. The first of the day's challenges started here, my usual source of water was unavailable. As it was, I just had to make it last until Dunoon, good job I had the spare water bottle. For some reason I really suffered badly on the hills after Mullumbimby. Maybe it was just the southerly wind, or the lack of recent long rides, or something, but I felt really exhausted after 112km or so. In fact, it was even a struggle to undo the Camelbak to load it up with the "spare" water.

After this I seemed to recover, probably just by sheer will power, or perhaps it was the inspiring scenery...

Whatever it was, I found enough to get over the remaining hills into Nimbin, where a new record was set. It actually took all of 45 seconds for someone to offer me some grass (normally it's less than 30). Given the pass I had to climb to get out of town, grass was the last thing I needed here.

Of course, the scenery doesn't stop through here, over the pass of Mt Burrell, with The Sphinx nearby...

.. and the other surprises...

This was followed by the now customary return through Urliup and Bilambil and eventually home in the darkness. Along the way I got to hear a couple having a rather loud domestic disagreement in Murwillumbah, that's always entertaining for the few seconds it takes me to pass. Apart from that, most of the ride was exceptionally friendly. Something especially noticeable was the number of kids waving to me along the way, in fact, I'd say it was the friendliest people have been since I returned from New Zealand.

The final tally was 262km, and 3,237 metres of climbing. It was a day that was all about getting away from the pressures of the last couple of weeks, I returned tired but with a much more positive outlook on the world -- for a while...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Blog
"a ride finally" I know how you feel, I am struggling to get on the road of late and starting to go slightly nuts!

Note I am also an cyclist who is an accountant who likes midnight oil, I glad to see I am not the only one!

10:21 am  
Blogger Chris L said...

Hi Jake,

Yes, it's a little frustrating, but after this weekend my life should return to what passes for "normal". The really frustrating thing was having this dropped on my lap right after a scenic tour of New Zealand. A little time to readjust would have been nice.

Geez, another accounting cyclist who listens to Midnight Oil, all you need to do now is start a blog! ;^)

8:14 am  

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