Riding with the crazy dutch guy!

I spent this afternoon riding out of Brisbane with Thomas our crazy dutch cycling friend.

Thomas has already ridden around Tasmania, New Zealand and from Melbourne to Brisbane. He hopes to make it back to Melbourne (the long way) by December.

For info on his ride or to see his amazing photos go to http://thodo.nl

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Sunshine Coast and Hinterland – Not Flat

On Tuesday I set out for what I thought was going to be an easy three day ride through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, down to the Sunshine Coast Proper, and then back to complete the loop. Based on our ride in the Glasshouse MountainsI mistakenly thought that it would be a fairly easy ride with one day of hills and then a two days of relatively flat terrain. Little did I know what it would turn out like….

The start of my ride, the map on this board is better than the one I was using to navigate.

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Tassie Cycle Tour: Day 4 to Day 6

This is a continuation of our report on cycle touring around Tasmania in December 2011. For an over view of the whole trip see our Trip Overview, and it might be best to read Days 1- 3 first, but that is up to you…

Tassie Cycle Tour Days 4-6

Day Four: Rest Day at Swanwick and Freycinet

Having struggled through day 3 we’d spent the night in a nice holiday house with Clare’s sisters and awoke fresh and ready for the day ahead. Freycinet is probably on the most beautiful bits of coast in Tasmania and is certainly up there with all the parts of Australia’s coast that I’ve seen so far.

We walked out to Wineglass Bay which is pretty amazing, the white quartz sand, orange lichen covered rocks and crashing waves made for an impressive display of natures beauty and power. After a quick snack we got walking again heading over land to the other side of the peninsula. Halfway along the track we came across a side track that lead to a large shallow lake surrounded by trees and reeds. The rest of the walk was beautiful and punctuated by rain squalls.

That night we went out the a fancy restaurant in Coles Bay called Madge Molloy’s, If you are ever in the area go there because it was fantastic!

Day 5: Scamander (93km)

This was our first really long day, but luckily we had the wind behind us as we headed north along the coast. The road was relatively flat along the coast and we made good time, except for some larger than desired hills when there we nowhere for the road to go but over the headland. At around lunch time we made it the Chain of Lagoons which was a beautiful series of beaches and lagoons along the coast, with lots of shorebirds running around. The chill breezed kept us from dwelling for too long so we reluctantly got back on our bikes and headed for Scamander.

We spent the night at Scamander Caravan park which is at the northern end of town. The facilities were a little old (the camp kitchen was not enclosed for example), but a walk along the beach and around the river mouth cheered us up. For anyone planning on stopping in Scamander get there early because there seems to be one IGA in town which was closing up at about 6pm when we were there.These windblown dunes were filled with shells, driftwood and other debris, Continue reading

Tassie Cycle Tour: Day 1 to Day 3

So after a large delay I’ve found our journal from or cycling trip around Tasmania (it was hidden on the bookshelf) and I have decided to start loadings some of the highlights and key lessons into a series of posts over the next few weeks. So here goes…

Day 1: Hobart Airport to Sandspit Forest Reserve (Wielangta Forest Drive) 49km

After delays at Hobart Airport I found Clare, assembled my bike very slowly and we got on our way. Today was only ever going to be a short day as we knew that we’d need to do some shopping, adjust our bikes and make sure we knew how to steer such heavily loaded bikes. From the airport we headed straight for Sorell, which was a fast flat ride but the traffic was pretty terrible so not that enjoyable. After stocking up on food and matches we turned east and headed towards the town of Copping for lunch. Copping is a fairly small town that seems to be almost entirely for sale, but we met some nice people who told us about a picnic area we could camp at that night. Continue reading

South East Brisbane Bikeways

Today I set out with the aim of exploring several of south east Brisbane’s major bike ways, in particular the SE Freeway Bike Way and the Bulimba Creek Cycleway. These two cycle ways let me ride about 35km with only short sections of back street to link them up. All in all it was a successful little exploration.

Along the way there were a number of interesting occurances that I wouldn’t have expected on such a suburban adventure.

  • Firstly I had to ride over flooded sections of track. They weren’t significantly flooded by any means, but enough that I thought it best to raise my feet from the pedals to avoid getting too wet.
  • I saw a snake, on a path in Brisbane. It was only a little fella, but it was brown and once I had swerved to avoid hitting it I had no interest in investigating further!

Anyway, below are some pictures of the very scenic ride!