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, January 13, 2007

Zig zag road

It's always interesting to discover new places to ride. This particular route was one that I was going to inspect from the other side a couple of years ago, but never really got around to it. I hadn't really planned to check it out today, but somehow it came up.

I had started with another disgustingly hot and humid morning (which would later become a disgustingly hot and humid day), and caught the northerly down to the southern end of the 'Coast before heading for Urliup, with plans to visit the Garden of Eden, high in the hills of Tomewin.

Pretty much everything unfolded as I'd expected -- although the humidity brought with it a haze that effectively extinguished any mountain views. The promise of cooler temperatures on the mountain, however, gave me enough motivation to commence the climb of Tomewin from the southern end. Usually fatigue is supposed to weaken you as you climb, but on this occasion, there was still some cloud cover at the summit, which had the opposite effect.

It was then the usual detour down Garden of Eden "road", before heading east across the ridge on Glengarrie "road". There was, however, something different about this stretch today. It seems the Tweed Shire Council have once again decided to "upgrade" a "road" that nobody uses, meaning that long sections of the rougher stretches had been dug up. Effectively it was like riding through a garden at times.

It was on one such "garden" that I had the back wheel slide out. Riding at a relatively slow speed gave me plenty of time to recover and avoid crashing, but it did give me the opportunity to stop and talk to one of the locals on the mountain. Evidently there was a second way into Bilambil -- a dirt, switchback road called "the zig-zag road".

The zig-zag road actually took out quite a bit of distance, and a couple of decent climbs. It was an interesting detour, but overall I still think the "old road" on this ride has more to offer. It wasn't long before I was back in Bilambil and commencing the long ride home into the wind, made a lot thicker by the humidity of the day. How humid was it? Well I don't recall the sun actually shining properly at any stage of the day -- even after the clouds had cleared.

I really hope it's not like this on the long-weekend tour in just two weeks' time.


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