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, January 14, 2007

Rain, mist and leeches!

For such a relatively short ride, this was certainly eventful. My friend Martin decided to join me for a relatively short ride to Springbrook this morning. I finished the way with a total of 88km, barely a quarter of the corresponding 324km epic from a week earlier. We commenced in light rain and started by unwittingly riding to the site of a car smash (I'll refrain from using the term "accident" because it's rarely accurate). Apparently a couple of drunken f*ckwits in a 4wd/SUV had smashed into another car and driven away laughing about it. Fortunately in this case, the victim appeared to be only suffering from shock.

Light rain continued to fall as we commenced the long climb in the mist, first the 8km stretch to Salmon's Saddle. Apparently Martin wasn't feeling confident at this point because he didn't have small enough gearing for the near 20% gradients to follow. He wanted to wait for a bus ride home. Of course, knowing what I do about Gold Coast "public transport", it was obvious to me that he would have been better off waiting to hitch a ride on Halley's Comet.

Eventually we continued on the really steep pinches of Lyrebird Ridge, passing "Mibum lookout" (I'm not making that up). Actually, Martin surprised me in the ability to not only push those ridiculous gears, but also deal with the wet roads at the same time. In truth he did really well, but then, perhaps that's why he's placed in the top 5 in 24-hour MTB races in the past.

In those conditions, there was nothing to see from Best of All Lookout. There are, however, 3,000 year old Antarctic Beech trees, which make a spectacular backdrop for a photographic pose.

It was somewhere around here that the next piece of drama probably unfolded, but I didn't become aware of it until we stopped at the fudge shop (definitely worth a visit) on the return home. A leech had managed to find it's way into the front of my jersey, and latch onto my chest. It had sucked a decent amount of blood, judging by the mess it made when I squashed it. It probably dropped down from one of the rainforest trees somewhere, but just where I can't be sure.

There was even time for a detour to Purlingbrook Falls. There is nothing in the world quite like a gushing waterfall in the mist. There was a decent volume of water coming over it too, I can only guess that Springbrook has managed to get some rain that the 'Coast has not. It was a great way to cap a memorable day.

There was even time for me to pick up a flat tyre on the ride home. Not really a problem as I've dealt with a few of these lately, but it was still annoying. The temperature on the coast managed to hit 30 degrees C on the way home -- that was annoying too (it had only been 17 on the mountain). Perhaps I should have taken Martin's advice and ridden back up the mountain and stayed there until nightfall.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Capejohn from the bike journals here.

I am enjoying your blog. All these years I though Australia was arid.

I hope the leeches didn't ruin your appetite at the fudge shop.

See you around

12:06 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahah I saw your post on bikejournal that leech thing really "sucks" :)

11:05 am  
Blogger Chris L said...

Most of the land area of Australia *is* pretty Arid. The thing is, the majority of Australians live on the East Coast, which is one of the few exceptions to that rule.

1:55 pm  

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