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, August 07, 2006

What kind of bow is impossible to tie?

Another great ride yesterday, resulting in 181km in the Tweed Valley. The most notable thing yesterday was the huge southerly wind. It had the effect of clearing a lot of the views, but also making progress in that direction rather slow. It did, however, make the first magpie of the year a little less than tenacious. The funny thing about pedalling slightly more slowly is the number of things one sees that might have been missed before.

The turnaround some indeterminate distance south of Uki is where this ride really begins. Taking the dirt of Cadell Road, and some challenging climbing, before descending spectacularly into Mebbin National Park. Riding this dirt road really is a pleasant experience. It's almost invariably deserted, yielding great views on the climb before passing through one of the most beautiful and varied forest environments in the country.

The return to Uki continues along a creek through more forest, before opening up. Yesterday the dirt road provided some unusual difficulties with a quicksand-like surface. This is something the Tweed Shire Council have been doing occasionally over the last couple of years, and it's more than a little annoying. It did slow me down a little, but the scenery kept turning things over.

I tired a little on the final ride home, the southerly wind that was supposed to be with me now decided it didn't want to help me anymore. I suppose these things happen from time to time. As it was I just went for a consistent rather than a flat-out pace, and after riding out the initial fatigue, things started to feel better, and I was even able to sprint for some traffic lights toward the end. The final tally was 181km and 1,788 metres of climbing, a rewarding day all round.


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