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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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Spiritual rainforest

It was one of those mornings when the humidity is about 169%, when you don't bother to check the temperature because it's totally irrelevant, and when the very air itself feels like the pressure is building, and something is going to give any second. Years go I remember a short ride in these conditions to visit a friend in another town on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. I remember tiring very quickly that day, simply because of the impossibility of getting sufficient air into my lungs to perform at a high level. I've since learned my lesson.

Today I went for a more consistent pace, taking my time early, gradually getting into the ride until I'd left the coast behind, and headed inland where the humidity would be diminished. Still the feeling of something about to break persisted, and in the rainforested valley at Austinville, the rain started. It wasn't heavy, and it probably only reached what I'd call moderate in a couple of instances. Still, it was a delight to behold in the rainforest. It's an almost spiritual experience to ride through a rainforest while it is actually raining.

I actually took my time here, wanting to savour the experience (although that didn't seem to hinder my average speed too much, not that I was really bothered with that). Wanting to savour the experience was probably the right move. I've often said in the past that the biggest mistake a person can make on a ride is to come home -- that proved to be the case this morning. The day just went downhill from there. I won't go into a huge rant about it, suffice to say that my contempt for the less intelligent members of the community that I have the misfortune of being unable to avoid encountering grows.


Blogger Allez said...

Love the pictures!

7:10 am  

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