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, January 29, 2009

The real getaway

Sunday's outing at Springbrook was designed to be the consolation for missing the Alpine. However, it may have turned out to be even better. Springbrook turned on what could only be described as the most perfect day. When the mountain starts playing tricks with the cloud, there is nowhere else in the world a person would want to be. The climb was negotiated with surprising comfort on The Black Magic -- it was the highest altitude that bike had seen in almost four years.

Between 600 and 800 metres on the climb I received a welcome drenching from the sky. This was also busy stirring up the waterfalls on the Eastern side of the escarpment. Consequently, after cresting Best Of All Lookout to another whiteout, I headed back to Goomoolahra Falls to take in some spectacular views of clouds lifting from the mountain. I also explored some of the area around Twin Falls as the mist moved back in. The implication from this was clear, it was time to head back to lower altitude.

I was joining my bushwalking group for a trek around Purlingbrook Falls, with a detour to Warringa Pool for a swim. It was actually quite a warm day by Springbrook standards, meaning it must have been sweltering on the coast at that time (it had been 26 degrees C overnight there). Purlingbrook Falls is always pleasant, but standing right under the spray from the waterfall was something else again. The water temperature at the rock pool was quite beautiful for swimming or just general existence. There was a general consensus that it had been a quite lovely day when we all retreated to Mudgeeraba for a quenching ale (or orange juice in my case).

For me personally, the day was significant for another reason. The news is The Blue Flame could be off the road for a while, but the performance of The Black Magic indicated that I may not lose a great deal in between. The Mt Jerusalem National Park jaunt is on either way. I also had the last laugh back at the Woodchoppers Inn at Mudgeeraba (after absolutely slaughtering a few rolling hills after the big descent) when I was the only one in the group not to be carrying some uninvited guests in the form of leeches. Sometimes letting others lead the way on a walk has greater motivation than just politeness.


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