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, November 10, 2011

Eden's garden - without a warning!

Who hid Mt Warning on Saturday? I could have sworn it was there last time I passed this way. Either way, as the Rajnishi wasn't on the road due to it's 1,000km service (which, just quietly, came a few hundred kilometres too late), it was time to drag Kevin 007 out of the stable for some dirt. I was joined my Martin for the early part of the ride, which basically involved the old trek through Bilambil and Urliup, before looping back to attack the climb over Tomewin. It was on this climb that I started to realise I might have been on a good day.

I headed off on my own in search of dirt, first along Garden of Eden road, which is more famous as the starting point of the climb to Mt Cougal. On the way back I scared the crap out of a roadie, by rejoining Tomewin road just as he completed the climb (I descended out of Garden of Eden road), and letting him think I had just completed the climb in super-fast time. However, I had more important things to think about.

It was now time for the ridgetop journey along Glengarrie "road". I always seem to be nervous at the start of this one, probably with the knowledge of what is to come. The track hugs the ridge for a while, with a steep rocky climb at the end, and it is here that I've had difficulty in the past. This day was also the first time I've attempted it since the infamous crash on July 28.

As it happened, the climb over the rocky section proved easier than I thought. Maybe I'm just stronger than I thought it was, or maybe it really was just easier. Either way, it felt like a bit of an anti-climax at the end. The descent wasn't too difficult either. There has been some work done on the road there, and it seemed to make a difference. They even look to have graded the Zig-Zag road, but frankly I couldn't be bothered checking it out.

The one mistake I made all day was passing over the food stop at the Bilambil bakery -- riding home against that hot northerly wind probably deserved more energy than I was prepared to expend on it. As it was, I navigated it at a relatively conservative pace. I did manage to pick up the Rajnishi later in the day, and a phone call from Martin that evening hatched another plan -- the climb to Best of All Lookout at Springbrook the following morning -- complete with it's 19% sections. This is what living is all about.

  • Some of you might have noticed a lack of posts recently. Simply put, I've been too busy to write any. I will catch it up over the weekend, with a big announcement on the way.


Anonymous Jamie Keifer said...

My, oh my! The views from your photos are breathtaking. This sure is Eden, relived. This made me miss mountain climbing. It is not easy to climb a mountain, but splendid views like these are definitely worth the climb. Great photos, mate!

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