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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Friday, December 17, 2010

Return to Coolamon

It had truly been some time since I had ridden the loop that takes in the Tweed Coast, the Coolamon Scenic Drive beyond Mullumbimby, and the return via Burringbar and Tomewin. A knee injury had put paid to that plan a couple of months ago, so I decided to return last Saturday. Of course, in the morning I was greeted with a blistering northerly wind, which would mean the traditional headwind coming home, but even this wasn't bothering me too much. Once I reached Chinderah to the south, the old feeling of freedom that accompanies any escape with suburbia filled me with inspiration. It was time to ride.

The Tweed Coast passed easily and quickly, almost in a blur at times. Although a couple of spectacular coastal views and flowers stood out. I sometimes wonder about the future of this region, with the prospect of rampant coastal development, but fortunately it hasn't happened yet. I then crossed the hills and found my way to Billinudgel, and the immediate change that seems to accompany the crossing of the invisible line to the south. The first climb on Coolamon was the winding, switchback road into Mullumbimby. With the northerly wind intensifying the heat and humidity, I took an alternative route south, climbing the range on Possum Shoot Road rather than the "conventional" way. Traffic here was heavier than it had any right to be, but the sweeping views from the top of the range made the effort worthwhile.

After negotiating the rolling hills atop the range, it was time for the screaming descent back to Mullumbimby, and the alternative route home, first starting with the dirt of Billinudgel Road. Here I had to make a decision. Billinudgel is, of course, home to the Humble Pie shop, but 10.45am is far too early for lunch, I pressed on to Mooball with the intention of getting something at the famous Moo Moo cafe. Unfortunately, the cafe has seen better days. Meat pies were about the only thing they could rustle up today, I took two and spent most of the remainder of the ride regretting the decision.

At first there didn't seem to be a problem, I climbed the Burringbar range, and was greeted with an inspirational, torrential downpour. The rain washed away the heat, and for the next 15km, I forgot that I was tiring at all. Unfortunately, the rain stopped around Murwillumbah, and I still had the climb of Tomewin to navigate. The climb offered some spectacular views of the clouds clearing the surrounding mountains, and this was just as well because I had plenty of time to take them in -- 42 minutes in fact, on a climb that I once did in just 22 minutes on the back end of 200km! Something clearly had gone terribly wrong after eating those pies.

Fortunately, the descent of the mountain, along with a couple of muesli bars allowed me to make a recovery of sorts. I even managed an attack or two against the wind on the final stretch of the ride home. In the end I wasn't sure of the total distance, as wireless computers are neither reliable nor durable. I estimate it was in the order of 180-190km, however. Another rewarding day, and hopefully a lot more to come.


Blogger The Voyager said...

I am really impressed by the distance of your rides! Just got back from the Tweed River Valley myself and that chip sealed road shook a lot of enjoyment out of me. I think mountain bike is a wiser choice there.

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