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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Thursday, October 11, 2007


I hadn't had a 200km+ ride for a while, and decided that last Sunday would be the ideal time to do it. The premise was a simple one: head south down the Tweed Coast toward Mullumbimby, ride into the hills for a while, then ride home over the Burringbar range and surrounding hills. A huge northerly wind early in the ride propelled me down the Tweed Coast quickly enough, but with it came a dramatic increase in temperatures. The heat would present problems later.

The Tweed Valley/Brunswick Valley way has finally been completed and provides a smooth, easy ride into Mullumbimby if you take in the climb over Coolamon to get there. It's a pretty stretch, but not nearly as pretty as the world that opens up on Wilson's Creek Road to the south of Mullum. Here green is the dominant colour, with rainforests in the valley, and mountains closing in from all sides. There's a possibility to follow the Huonbrook road all the way to Minyon Falls, but I'll save that for a weekend tour later.

The greenery here provided some relief from the heat, but it was only temporary. The return to Mullumbimby saw the temperature rise to 33 degrees C. For variety I opted to detour across to Brunswick Heads for the return home. Then on a whim I detoured again along Saddle Road. This is a dirt road somewhere between Mullumbimby and Brunswick heads that climbs a ridge which, on a clearer day, would have offered sweeping views in all directions. There are also patches of forest to ride through. I know I'll need to find a way to take this detour more often.

Any hope that returning to the coast would have cooled temperatures was a total waste of time, the mercury hit 34 C at Brunswick Heads, and 35 soon after. The combination of heat and headwind meant that the ride home was always going to take a long time. I settled in for a grind, punctuated only by the hills of the Burringbar Range, and the rainforest of Urliup further north. Riding without power is an interesting experience, but one that I'll need to get used to if these temperatures are any indication of the next six months. A storm closed in later on and cooled things for the final suburban coastal stretch, but I was left wishing it had arrived three hours earlier.

Overall it was extremely rewarding to return to the Wilsons Creek/Huonbrook area. I'm still searching for the link from Wilson's Creek to Doon Doon near Uki on the other side of the Tweed Valley. That route, if possible, would have the small matter of Mt Jerusalem to contend with, but that somehow makes it all the more interesting.


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