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, November 04, 2006

The Alternative View

I was undecided on where to ride this morning, so I decided to inspect something that I saw on a map. I headed to Austinville again, this time to see if I could turn the ride into a circuit. The map wasn't quite right, and I ended up riding directly across the paddocks pictured above. Perhaps not such a good idea in the rain, but I may not get the same chance again.

The original intention had been to follow Tallowood Road, near the top of the hill on which the local hall sits. After a couple of steep gradients, with the road turning to dirt, everything looked to be heading in the right direction. There was even the promise of further places to explore later, such as the Mudgeeraba State Forest. Things got a bit silly when the dirt road appeared to dead end at a farm, but I then saw another "track" through the undergrowth. To say I was riding in faith at this point wouldn't be totally accurate, it was more like wishful thinking.

After some rough bits, the "road" eventually petered out to a dead end. There were signs of human habitation -- maybe someone decided to build a house here at some point, but it was anything but what I was looking for.

It all left me with little option but to turn back. I wasn't so keen on heading for Tallowood Road and back out the way I came, that would have been the sensible thing to do! I chose the option of riding cross-country instead. There were no signs indicated private property, and no fences, so I figured the owner wouldn't be too bothered. As it was I didn't see them, but I did have a minor crash in a mud patch at the bottom. Eventually it brought me out to the start of the rainforest section in Austinville proper. Regular readers of this page will know what that means.

The rest of the ride passed relatively uneventfully. I was a little surprised to end up with just 51km by the end of it. It seemed like a lot to pack into such a short distance -- especially considering that around 20km of it was passing through suburbia. I'm hoping for a century tomorrow, the planned century may be called off, as it includes a dirt road on a mountain that has seen four inches of rain (and counting) in the last 24 hours. I'll just see what I decide in the morning.


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