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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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Spring has arrived

The flowers bloom

Spring arrived in this little part of the world on Sunday. I decided that 180km would be a worthwhile way to celebrate the occasion. On this particular day I was well and truly overdressed for the occasion, and that may have been a problem later. For the early part of the ride, however, I satisfied myself with a blast over the Macpherson range at Tomewin, before a descent into the Tweed Valley and a continued push south through the eternally green rolling hills.

Further south I came upon the turn off for Cadell Road. I've often wondered if someone tried to pre-emptively name this road after Cadel Evans, but if so they apparently lacked spelling skills. The ride back from here is, however, a delight to behold, first climbing steadily to yield great views of Mt Warning on one side, and the Border Ranges on the other, before a twisting descent through the rainforest of Mebbin National Park.

Mebbin National Park

Here follows one of the prettiest rides in the area, a ride truly worth savouring everytime. The ride alternates between rainforest, rolling green farmland, a bubbling stream and even a couple of waterfalls. My exit from the National Park indicated that the early morning southerly wind had become a northerly, meaning a headwind both ways. I attacked it earlier, but erred in that I chose not to gorge on Junk food to replenish salt and glucose at Uki. I would pay for that later.

I returned to Murwillumbah via Stokers siding on the detour, but by the start of the climb of Urliup I knew I was in trouble. I crested over the climb and continued, taking respite on the descent through more rainforest along the winding dirt road. This too, is truly a wonderful part of the world, as if I haven't said that before.


The climb of Bilambil to "celebrate" the return to suburbia seemed to take forever - and that's probably because it did! It may have been my worst performance on that climb in a decade. I made it over the top in a pitifully low gear, descended, and realising I was short on either salt or glucose, gorged on foods likely to provide both at the first service station I found. This replenished me quickly, and I managed to find form over the last 25km, being joined by an old friend unexpectedly for the last 10 or so.

The first day of spring has yielded a lot of beauty, but also a valuable lesson. I intend to take both on board.


Blogger Geo said...

I didn't know you had winter. You continue to have the best photos on any blog

5:59 am  
Blogger Chris L said...

"Winter" lasted for about three mornings this year -- that's about three more than usual. It's long gone now, however.

5:28 pm  

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