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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

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St Kilda Cycles

Importers of all manner of things hard to find in Australia, including the legendary Schmidt hub dynamo & E6 lights.

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Up in Alaska
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The Kin Chronicles
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Allez
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London Cycling Diary
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CouchPilot-2-BikePilot (Zin's cycling blog)
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The adventures of Crazy Biker Chick
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Redneck Espanol
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Treadly and me
"Work is something I do between riding my bicycle".

Crowlie
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Adrian Fitch's random rambling.
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Geo's big adventure
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It's about the bike
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Spinopsys
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Industry Outsider
A blog about bikes and stuff.

Tweed Coast Treadly
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A cyclist's life in Tenerife
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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
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BikeHacks
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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, March 29, 2007

Back to touring (soon)

If I actually have any regular readers, you will have probably noticed the absence of a ride report last weekend. This can be explained in simple terms -- there wasn't one. I had family visiting from interstate and there just wasn't the time. The practical upshot of this is that I'm now getting itchy feet all over again. A couple of post-work evening rides this week have basically told me one thing, I really need to go on a bike tour of some description soon.

I need the feeling of setting up camp in the bush and having nobody to disturb me for an evening, I need the feeling of riding to an unknown destination and finding my own way, I need that self-sufficiency, I need to escape from the trashy suburban culture that surrounds me. Fortunately, I know just the place to go (I think) over Easter, but more on that later. I'm in the process of putting together a big program of rides over the next six weeks, including two weekend tours and a 600k on May 4-5.

I also dropped a large amount of money on airfares for the Scotland tour later in the year last weekend. There was a little bit of guilt there -- so far it's more money than I've ever spent on any single item before. I'm sure it will all be worth it in the end, however -- even if it does leave me broke for a while. I don't have many day to day expenses, so it shouldn't take long to recover.

I plan on spending a little more money before then, however -- I'm investigating the feasibility of a water filter for touring. I noted on my Minyon falls tour earlier in the year (where it hit 40 degrees C) that sometimes it's handy to have access to more water sources than otherwise. I've noted a number of taps on water tanks these days have "do not drink" signs attached to them. I'm not sure what the point of having such taps is, but I see a water filter as a way of utilising that water. I'll see what develops over the weekend in that respect.

1 Comments:

Blogger Surly Dave said...

You have regular readers. You have people whose day is brightened every time you post.

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