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, September 27, 2006

More musings

Here are some more random thoughts about last weekend's bike tour:

Cycle-touring really is at the top of any list of ways people can spend their spare time. Riding in a largely random direction without needing to follow a "plan" too closely was a great way to relieve some of the negativity in my life recently. It was more the sensation of simply "being there" than any physical release, breathing the air (even if there was some smoke around), taking in the scenery, facing the challenges presented by the terrain, it was all impressive.

It may not have been a circuit of New Zealand or Tasmania, but short weekend tours can be just as rewarding in their own way. The forests around Jimna and the mountain views kept me mesmorised for much of the time. The only disappointing thing is that it ended so soon. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland offers a world of places to explore and things to discover. I'll make a point of that in the coming months. And I still haven't made it to Minyon Falls in Northern NSW yet.

I cannot understand people to "camp" while playing crap music on car stereos. I was able to put enough distance between myself and them that it didn't bother me, but it still seems pointless. I thought people went to places like that to experience a bit of nature and get a break from all the things they can do at home. If they really want to listen to music that badly, it seems much more sensible to just stay at home and listen to it on equipment that will probably produce much better sound quality. That said, they weren't listening to Sarah Blasko, so perhaps their ears can't tell the difference.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember a few picnics where we've turned up to enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors only to have some morons turn up with their boombox set to stun.

If I want to listen to music while in the great outdoors I use my iPod rather than forcing my musical choices on the local wildlife.

9:14 pm  

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