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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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I never do it the easy way

Why can nothing ever be simple? The decision to move the start of the 600k ride to Lake Atkinson was always going to be an inconvenience, but I didn't expect accommodation in that part of the world to be so difficult to find. First of all there is nothing available at Lake Atkinson itself. I called them two days ago to hear they are fully booked out for the entire weekend. I also chased the Lowood Caravan Park -- only to hear they apparently don't offer overnight accommodation (?). The motel in Fernvale was booked out, so I'm now staying in the Lowood pub on the Friday evening.

It's probably not as bad as it seems. The rates are reasonable and country pubs usually close a little earlier than their city counterparts. They also told me I could bring my bike into the room with me, so there won't be any security issues there. I just hope the drunks there can sort out any differences they may have by 10pm.

I haven't yet sorted out what to do after the ride either. So far my options are bum a ride back to Ipswich with someone, stay in the Lowood pub on Sunday night (which mightn't be such a bad option, except that I'd be up for another $60, and there may not be anything available there either) or finish the 600k in time to ride another 60km or so back to Ipswich before the last train. The last option is the one I'd like to do, but it may not be realistic. I'll check the train timetable.

In other news, I'll have a new toy early next week. Technically it will probably arrive at my LBS on Friday, but I just won't have time to get there and attach it to my bike. I won't give away too many details yet, except to say that it will be nice to find out for sure the gradient of Bilambil and one or two other climbs in the area, and put some of that speculation to rest.


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