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, February 12, 2007


I had a rare complete day off the bike on Saturday. I spent most of the day wondering what the hell I was going to do now? Yesterday I decided to do something about it. The planned distance was only 164km, but there were a few twists. It all started simply enough, opening with a the seemingly pre-requisite climb over the Macpherson range at Tomewin. I know I do this a lot, but for a relatively small climb, the scenic delights it offers are many and varied.

I found myself riding through the Tweed valley, the thing immediately noticeable was the humidity from the previous night's storm. It would later become apparent the extent to which the storm struck here -- there had been virtually nothing on the coast.

After the obligatory short, sharp climbs en route to Tyalgum, it was time to take Swifts Road, followed by Tyalgum Ridge road, which then becomes Brummies Road. This particular dirt "road" (which is more like a track), was absolutely treacherous by now. It seems the storm had scattered all sorts of debris over it, and a few misinformed attempts at "roadwork" by the Tweed Shire Council were still evident and causing problems of their own. The surroundings, however, compensated for the fact that it was taking considerably longer than planned to get up here.

I had now reached the junction with Condowie Road. Last time I'd abandoned the climb to Brummies Lookout as the rain at the time was making it a little slippery for those gradients. This time I pressed on. The road kicked up steeply at first before levelling off toward the summit. Then I noticed the 500 metre walking track to reach the lookout itself. I'm sure it was longer than this, but being overgrown and rough as it was, it's not always easy to tell. I was grateful for some of the mountain biking I've done over the last couple of years, it's really honed my bushwalking skills, and I was able to reach the summit fairly comfortably (if a little cautiously).

Getting back provided slightly different challenges. For some reason the track seemed a little harder to follow, but there are certain "landmarks", natural features one can memorise along the way to point them in the right direction.

The remainder of the ride home was a screaming decent of Condowie road, then back to Tyalgum, through to Murwillumbah the conventional way, then home via Urliup. It was all very pretty, but nothing was really able to complete with the excitement of finally making it to Brummies Lookout. Had the storm clouds that were building up actually done anything it might have been different of course. For me the next question is now where do I want to explore next? At present I really have no idea.


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