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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Monday, January 01, 2007

Tweed-le Dum.

In a previous post I related that after the "discovery" of the dirt roads into Wollumbin National Park, I now have two imperial centuries that I can ride in the Tweed Valley. Today I finally got around to riding the second one, something I was originally intending to do last week.

Both rides share the same start, over the climb of Tomewin and through the canefields toward Murwillumbah. This time, however, I generally head through the town and south along Kyogle Road through Uki and Kunghur. Usually this stage is pleasant without being overly spectacular. Just a lovely warm up for the main attraction of the ride.

It's just past the Sphinx (above) that I stop heading south and turn around, on dirt roads now, climbing sharply toward the forests of Mebbin National Park. Once the National Park is reached, this becomes a truly special ride. Just me, the dirt road, and the surrounding forests. It's one of those rides in which it's easy to totally lose yourself to the moment, not looking at the distance on the computer, just focusing on enjoying the surroundings. Often when I ride through here, it comes as a complete surprise to reach the end of the road and rejoin the old Tweed Valley ride at Byrrill Creek.

This ride rejoins the old ride just in time for the really pretty section alongside Byrrill Creek, still on dirt (although another couple of kilometres at the end have been sealed since my last visit). The beauty of this stretch of the ride is that one never quite knows what they'll see down here. If it's not deeply enchanting forests, there are also waterfalls, the old hippy cottages and a variety of wildflowers.

After emerging from the forest it appeared as though I was going to cop a monster headwind for the duration of the ride home. This appeared to be the case for the first 17km through Uki to Stokers Siding. Consequently, I decided on a detour on the old Pacific Highway to throw a few extra hills at it. At this point the wind swung around completely (as it had already done several times and as it would do twice more during the day), and I found myself wasting that extra effort. I suppose a few more metres of climbing never hurt anyone.

The ride home, as always passes through Urliup. For some bizarre reason today there was some guy in a ute following me around through Urliup. I'm not entirely sure what his intentions were, and I'm not sure I want to know. As it happened, I was too busy enjoying the forests of Urliup to really notice him too much, and he disappeared at Bilambil, so perhaps I won't give it much more thought.


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