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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Monday, December 15, 2008

Old favourites

After a few weeks away it was time to return to two of my old favourites on the weekend. On Saturday morning (after a group bushwalk was cancelled), I decided to head for Springbrook in the Hinterland. One of the things I love about this place is that I appreciate it, even after visiting somewhere as amazing as New Zealand. The charms of Springbrook still stand out, and this is why I wanted to return.

The obligatory climb to Best of All Lookout was always on the agenda. In truth I was a little slower than I would have liked because of the heat that had already started to scorch the coast at 5.30am. Once I got up into the mountains, however, things became more pleasant, even if the promised rain didn't materialise. I basically took my time on the plateau, savouring the environment. Had the 17km Warrie circuit bushwalk been reopened, I might have stayed here all day.

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I followed up on Sunday with a climb to the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park with Martin. Conventional wisdom says you should never ride with a bloke who has good form on the bike when you're backing up after a decent ride the day before. I ignored that "wisdom" and went anyway. It was yet another beautiful day on the mountain (if a little windy). The sweeping views stretched forever in every direction one could imagine. It was yet another time when I should have simply spent the day on the mountain rather than return to the heat of the coast.

Somewhere on the lower slopes of the descent home a motorcyclist had apparently been run off the road by a wrong-way driver. Apparently some things never change. Still, we managed to avoid that, and every other idiot on the road. In fact, the only real issue either of us had were the insects who took a liking to my sunsceen, immediately after I'd applied it. I'm not sure what they saw in it, but they were pretty determined about it.


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