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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Monday, October 08, 2007

Blackened skies

There aren't many redeeming qualities that spring to mind when one contemplates the concept of "summer" in Queensland. About the only positive that I can think of is the fact that it happens to coincide with the storm season. The relief provided by a sudden downpour after a swelteringly hot and humid day is beautiful. The electrifying display provided by the lightening show is spectacular, and on days like this, the sound of thunder is a treat to the ears.

So it was that I was riding home from work this evening. My legs were still feeling the effects of yesterday's 208km (more on that later), but this was quickly forgotten. We have, of course, been sweltering in disgusting temperatures -- the kind that aren't reported on the news for fear that it might scare the tourists away. Yet this evening there was a feeling that relief might be on the way. In a time frame no longer than a few minutes, the wind had started from the south -- quite brutally, but at least cooler than the northerly, and the skies had gone dark -- illuminated only by flashes of lightning.

It's a peculiar kind of darkness that descends in a storm -- the kind that streetlights never quite seem able to counter. Perhaps the speed at which it descends creates an illusion, but it's inspiring all the same. The only thing lacking this time around was rain -- there just wasn't any. However, I remain optimistic that there will be many more storms in the near future, and many opportunities for this to be rectified. Bring it on.


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