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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Sunday, June 17, 2007

The rivers run

Last week I got in touch with Martin, and old riding partner. Initially it was to for "identity verification" purposes for some travel documents that I need to get together. As it was, we decided to go for a ride together today. It should have all been fairly straightforward, a simple 100km or so, but rides I do with Martin rarely turn out as planned. Initially there was a small matter of chasing a couple of other riders down the coastal strip for some fun, but it was after clearing Urliup to the south and heading for Murwillumbah that it really started.

I was absolutely insistent that Tumbulgum Road would lead to Tumbulgum, despite the logical impossibility of it (i.e. on the wrong side of the Tweed River) and the "No Through Road" signs. It almost did, too, with a very pleasant ride by the river before leading to an absolutely definite dead-end, with no way of progressing further apart from swimming with the bike. We weren't deterred by this -- after all, we were the ones who crossed a flooded causeway at night on a 170km ride two years ago.

We backtracked on some other farm roads, which ultimately led to dead-ends. Then we went cross-country, now looking to get back to the way we originally came. The line of telegraph poles in the distance sort of indicated we were on the right track, it was just a matter of negotiating obstacles (i.e. carrying bikes across rickety log "bridges") and riding through the mud to get there. Actually, the mud didn't deface the $580 of new components on my bike a great deal, but I was rather concerned about the prospect of dropping the bike off the "bridge".

Finding our way back to the river seemed almost anti-climactic in the end -- the adventure was effectively over. We returned home via Tumbulgum (the right way this time) and Terranora along a back road. Terranora itself isn't particularly impressive these days, but the back road climb remains beautiful. I'd probably do it more often if it led to somewhere more interesting. That's a ride to ponder for the future I suppose.

The overriding feeling at the end of this ride was a return to the "joys" of the half-day ride. I've done so few rides of this length (115km total) recently, largely because I've been insisting on riding a "century" virtually every week. This ride, while shorter, was ridden with a higher intensity level than one could ever sustain on the longer rides, and presented some different challenges. I really should do this sort of thing more often than I've been doing.


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