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, October 29, 2006


Yesterday I took a ride to the Garden of Eden at Tomewin -- high up in the Macpherson ranges behind the Gold Coast. This place has, of course, been the scene of a couple of other memorable rides in the past. Yesterday was no exception in terms of the scenery, which didn't disappoint. However, there was an overwhelming feeling that I was basically doing the ride on instinct rather than any kind of initiative.

It was perhaps a function of the heat and humidity (which generally renders the temperature irrelevant), although the forests of Urliup (above) offered some relief from that. Normally reaching Urliup and the start of the dirt is a source of excitement for me -- especially in view of the fact that it's a matter of time before this beautiful dirt road is sealed. Yesterday that "excitement" was delayed until I went into a corner too fast, skidded the back wheel and had to put my left foot down quickly to avoid crashing.

The climb of Tomewin might have tempted me into an attack, but didn't do so. Instead I adopted a more methodical approach to it, just relying on the ability to eat it up gradually, which may have been the best approach in the heat. Reaching the summit I turned onto the deviation at Garden of Eden road, following the ridgetop route as it winds through the forest.

There was a minor scare here as I descended rapidly to a fallen tree across the road, but saw it late because the various light effects caused by the sun shining through the trees concealed it. I got the brakes on hard, produced a skid much bigger than any I've ever intended to do, and missed it by literally centimetres. Sadly, that particular picture didn't work out, even if I was tempted by another shot shortly after.

After this, it was the ridgetop route on the otherside toward Bilambil and the coast. There were some steep, rocky sections here too, but again they didn't really concern me. I began to think that perhaps being on "autopilot" is the best way to do a ride like this. Feeling "lazy" means I don't concern myself with worrying about the obstructions in the road, simply riding on without a care in the world. It also provides a chance to enjoy the scenery, be it the mountain views...

... or the wildflower wonderland.

Unfortunately, the return home along the flat coastal strip against the blisteringly hot northerly wind did force me out of my comfort zone. It also created some bushfires which have forced me to delay today's ride until the arrival of the southerly change. Looks like another night expedition coming up now, although that in itself has potential. I'll just see what can tempt me this evening.


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