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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Thursday, November 16, 2006


With the magpie season in Australia just about over (although I've had to deal with them as late as March in the past), one would think we could expect an end to visits from our feathered friends. One might be wrong. Unfortunately, I still have to deal with pesky butcher birds. These are only ever really an annoyance in the immediate aftermath of magpie season.

Basically they're small birds that mimic the behaviour of other birds, which sometimes include the dive-bombing behaviour of the legendary Australian magpie. The one difference is that the magpie tends to be more "professional" about it, basically attacking within a certain range, and almost always going for the back of the head (even if my ears and neck have been a target in the past). The butcher bird, on the other hand, generally has no idea what it's doing, apart from the fact that it wants to dive-bomb something.

This morning I took one to the side of my face while I was riding along. I suppose I should just be glad that all I really got was the wing rather than the beak (which might have done some damage). I think that the bird might have learned a lesson this time -- I noticed that it didn't come back for a second go. I guess it was one of those "this will hurt you a lot more than me" type of attacks.

In other news, I was astonished to hear that today it actually snowed in Queensland! Apparently some snow fell in the vicinity of Stanthorpe -- around 250km west of here. What's really astonishing is that it fell in what is effectively summer in this part of the world -- considering that winter snow falls usually only happen once every five years there. I'd like to try riding in snow one day. The closest I've managed to come was on the Great Alpine Road in Victoria two years ago, when it was lining the side of the road. I was probably close to getting some in New Zealand earlier this year, too.

Unfortunately, the prospect of getting any snow here on the Coast any time soon is somewhere between highly unlikely and impossible.


Blogger Allez said...

It sounds like a scene from The Birds!

11:53 am  

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