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, February 24, 2009

Coomera gorging

Saturday was yet another memorable day spent in Lamington National Park, high in the mountains behind the Gold Coast Hinterland. After the recent rain, I decided to join some friends for a 17km walk through some rainforest packed with waterfalls and leeches (although only one bite ensued). The ride to get there seemed a little more draining than usual, largely due to another wave of disgusting heat and humidity. Yet what waited at the top was always going to be special on a day like this.

The objective of the walk had been to find some of those Lamington Blue Cray Fish (pictured above if you look closely). The plan was to do the "boring" part of the walk first (the 8km up the hill to the summit through the rainforest, before returning where all the watefalls were). Somehow during this process I ended up as the "leader" of the group, and I'm still not sure who died and gave me that role. It wasn't actually such a chore as it turned out -- I even convinced a few people to join me on some of the detours to the various waterfalls with unpronounceable names.

By a complete fluke, I even managed to find us a perfect lunch spot near another waterfall that I hadn't even realised existed 5 minutes previously. The best part was I even convinced everyone else that I'd intended it to work that way, although I later fessed up that it had as much to do with good luck as good management. I was tempted for a swim on the pool at the bottom, but apparently the water was "freezing" according to those who were brave enough. On the other hand, "freezing" isn't necessarily a bad thing at this time of year.

We visited the rest of the waterfalls after lunch, before heading back to the cafe at Binna Burra (where I created some excitement by discovering two more leeches), to reflect on what had been a memorable day. The recent rain had really given the waterfalls an extra dimension today, but my day wasn't over yet. The ride home would provide further beauty all the way to Beechmont. Once again I was reminded of how fortunate I am to be able to experience these things on a regular basis.


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