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, January 25, 2007

A dilemma

It was around 4.15am this morning that I finally gave up on any attempt to sleep in the ridiculous heat and humidity that just will not go away right now. Normally this would mean going for a ride, but I had an eye on the upcoming long weekend (i.e. tomorrow), and decided that as my legs had been showing visible signs of tiredness on yesterday morning's early ride, I would be better off to just rest them and "only" ride to work today.

This was alright while I was able to spend time on multimap looking up possible routes and whatever else. However, it was shortly after my arrival at work that I felt a little underdone. It seems to be a fine line, or maybe it's just addiction. Whatever it is, I always feel vaguely frustrated if I haven't had a decent ride for a while. Apart from commuting, I've had only one other ride (that was just 38km) since Sunday's epic. I'm even tempted to sneak out for a few kilometres this evening after work (even if I have an early start in the morning) just to get the feeling back.

As far as the weekend is concerned, the plan is a train to Caboolture, then riding up to Crows Nest via Toogoolawah (somewhere around which I'll camp on the first night), then over to Lake Perseverance, Ravensbourne (find another campsite around here), back down to Esk and to Ipswich for a train home. That is the loose plan -- I may well screw it all up tomorrow morning if I feel like going somewhere else. I'm thinking of a possible alternative route between Wamuran and D'Aguilar on the early stretch as I've ridden that twice this month already.

As I related before, the hardest part will be finding quiet places to camp away from basically everyone else who will be running around on this weekend (Queenslanders are notoriously loud at campsites -- not the thing for anyone planning to sleep after a day in the saddle). The second night should be easy to resolve, but I'm still not sure about exactly where I'll pitch on the first night. An early weather forecast suggests there might be some storms around on those three days. I'll believe it when I see it, but it might cool things down a little. My excitement for this tour is now building -- even if it was a little muted earlier in the week. 19 hours to go.


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