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..

More cycling blogs

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Three days

There are now just three days until I catch my flight out of here. I wasn't intending to make a post at this time, but the last few days have been interesting in and of themselves. In one moment on Sunday, the Scottish adventure was almost over before it began. I had set off for a final long ride with a long-time riding partner, we had just escaped suburbia and were now making our way through the rainforest of Urliup on that lovely little dirt road.

There are a couple of nasty corners on a descent to a causeway here, and it was a momentary loss of concentration that almost proved my undoing. The back wheel skidded away alarmingly, but I reacted quickly to retrieve the situation, only to be confronted with a rather nasty angle on the crossing of a surprisingly wet causeway (surprising, because there was no real rain about in the days prior). It was either luck, a magnificent piece of judgement, or simply a situation that wasn't really as bad as I thought. It was also a wake-up call. Whatever else it was, I negotiated it without incident and continued on a little wiser.

Sunday's dirt and the rain over the last couple of rides to/from work have led to a rather interesting situation in the state of my bike. I suppose the quarantine requirements will ensure the need to at least give it a clean. On the other hand, I'll be arriving in London, a city notorious for bike theft (from what I've been hearing), and a little dirt on the frame can often "devalue" a bike in the eyes of a thief. While on the subject of thefts, I'll also need to keep a particular eye on my front wheel just incase anyone has designs on that rather expensive hub dynamo.

In other news, I no longer have to worry about reading material for a 26-hour flight. A work client has rather generously loaned me a book about a chapel near Edinburgh. Of course, now I'll just have to find the time to visit it. I am already in awe of the history of this place.

Finally, there are a couple of things I want to make clear from the outset. First of all, I'm hoping for a better run than I had with the wind in New Zealand. I don't mind the occasional headwind, but copping 90km/h in my face for several days on end does test my patience a little. I'll be happy with a 50/50 ratio of head/tail winds. The sixteen flat tyres for the year so far can get lost for a while. I think I've had enough practice at changing them for a while.

This blog will now go "on hold" for a month or so. I don't intend taking it down, but I probably won't have time to update this and the journal , and the uploading of hundreds of pictures will have to wait until I get home. In any case, the journal has a guestbook for anyone who wants to keep in touch while I'm over there (yes, that includes both of you). So, until I return, Bon-Voyage, or whatever those people say.


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