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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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Close, but no Brum

On Sunday I needed some big kilometres, I decided on another "century" in the Tweed Valley, this time I decided on the climb to Brummies Lookout, at the top of a rather steep climb on dirt roads. Getting up that particular climb was always going to be interesting after the previous day's work, so I decided to change the route slightly.

I opted to enter the Tweed Valley through Urliup rather than Tomewin this time, figuring I'd just climb Tomewin at the end anyway. Urliup really is a pleasant place early in the morning, as the rainforest fills with the sound of the morning bird calls. I figured it might also give me the opportunity to inspect the dirt sections to get some idea of what I'd be up against on the big climb later. I took a similar opportunity by detouring along Chilcott's road near Chillingham, and crossing a flooded creek.

There were two smaller climbs to negotiate en route to Tyalgum, and a potential detour to Bald Mountain that I will take one day. Today I had other things in mind. The main climb is steep for about a kilometre, levels off into a couple of rollers, before kicking up steeply again on dirt. This road was a little more cut up than the early dirt roads had been -- not surprising as this road had been closed since February. I pressed on steadily, reached the intersection with Condowie Road (that would be my descent), and continued climbing.

I passed the start of the walking track to Brummies Lookout completely as the sign had been removed. Fortunately the road ended in a palm tree grove shortly after, and after retracing my steps slightly, I found the start of the track. The track itself is closed off by some tree falls and land slides a little way in, and the removal of the sign suggests these aren't going to be cleared. Essentially that means there will be no more trips to Brummies Lookout, which will probably be overgrown before much longer anyway.

All that was left was to return to Tyalgum by Condowie Road (a screaming descent on dirt, but perhaps slightly less steep than what I climbed). A magpie tried to chase me out of town -- evidently trying to stop me draining their water supply. The return to Murwillumbah via the "other route" was pleasant as it always is. My legs did have some complaints climbing Tomewin after the earlier work, but it wasn't the end of the world. I finished the day right on 161km, with over 1,900 metres of climbing, not bad after the previous day is factored into the equation. This weekend the plan is to explore Hell's Hole in the Mt Jerusalem National Park with Dave from the Tweed Coast. Bring it on.


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