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, February 02, 2012

Evading the flood (again)

Was that Tumbulgum Road or Tumbulgum Canal? I'm not even sure they can decide, how is a visitor like me supposed to figure it out? Last week the wet season finally arrived, with something of a vengeance. My riding plans for last weekend were pretty much shot, largely due to the number of road closures due to flooding and/or landslides (I know of at least six roads that were closed, without even doing a great deal of research). I still managed to salvage a couple of nice outings, however, and the weather did make them a little more interesting.

It just happened that on Saturday I had a heap of menial chores that had built up, so being limited to a quick 60km jaunt by the road closures may not have been a bad thing. In the event, I opted for a quick ride through Austinville and Little Nerang Dam, figuring that after the rain, this should at least be pretty scenic. It didn't disappoint. A couple of new waterfalls always make the ride worth the trip, as does the flow of the newly refilled creek (even if it did block the road toward the end of the valley). Someone just had to help that horse find it's way back to high ground.

I added the extra kilometres of a quick jaunt out to Little Nerang Dam, with the mist through the gorge probably being the high point of the day. This is one of those rides that I never seem to get sick of, whether I'm doing it early before work, at night after work, or using it as a weekend fill-in. The only downside is that the section through the gorge is so short. I was tempted here to deviate even further and take a quick shot at Springbrook, but figured that I had already crossed one causeway that was perilously close to flooding to get here, and decided not to push my luck any further. It may have been just as well, the flat tyre I had to fix on the way home suggested my luck was out anyway.

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On Sunday I wanted to head South, but where to go, with Tomewin and Urliup roads both closed, and having only done the Tweed Coast last weekend? The logical answer was a quick 90km jaunt around Terranora and the John Hogan rainforest. My progress was hindered by another flat tyre -- the result of riding over a bolt -- but as I hadn't been specifically along this road for a while, it seemed like it was worth the effort. After crossing Terranora and heading for the bottom on McAuley's Road, I encountered an unusual sensation. It was clear from the surrounding vegetation that this stretch of road had been well and truly under water very recently -- I wondered how some of the surrounding houses survived.

The final ride home was the pleasant jaunt through Hogan's Rainforest. I don't come this way nearly as often as I should -- especially when I climb through the rainforest on the Tumbulgum side. The good thing was that the climb didn't seem to be nearly as steep as I remembered it, which can only mean one thing. I did have one moment of alarm when I realised the causeway on the other side might be flooded and out of action, but the depth of water when I arrived there was pretty insignificant.

In the end I was left to ponder a weekend that had been unplanned, a lot less involved than I would have liked, but strangely rewarding. Long may the rain continue.


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