The Graceful Cyclists

Cycle touring and other adventures

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Weather for Canyoners

WARNING: THIS IS A LONG POST AND IT IS QUITE POSSIBLY BORING!  Disclaimer: Make your own decisions when you’re deciding whether to head out on a trip. There are so many more factors than just these to consider! Sydney has been wet recently. I mean really wet. I mean crazy thunderstorms dumping 30-90mm of rain in an hour wet. With all of this weather the facebook group OzCanyons has been […]

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The last leg…

So after 4 months on the road it seems that it is now less than four weeks until I go home. I am really not sure how it has passed so quickly -especially given how long some stretches of the trip have seemed. Still it will soon be time to pack up the bike and confront whatever life throws at me when I get back to Sydney and the dreaded […]

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Playing it Safe

Having a large group of outdoorsy friends is an interesting lifestyle. With friends outside my outdoorsy life decisions on when events should go ahead are pretty arbitrary – things like was it a stressful week and do I feel like talking to “X” today. In my outdoorsy friend group the discussions and decision are generally based on much more prosaic things – do I think it will be safe, do […]

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Movember Matters!

Hi All, I’m not usual one for fundraising, or asking people to support charities or any such thing. I like to make donations that I can myself, and I don’t really like to harp on about causes but I am about to contradict that ethos by informing you I have signed up for Movember. During November I will be cultivating the embarrassingly sparse patch of hair that assembles itself ludicrously slowly […]

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T.O.W.S sufferers unite!

I have an admission to make. I sufferer from a disease. Okay it isn’t life threatening^, and probably isn’t going to cause any loss of livelihood unless someone at works notices that I am a victim of this horrific disease. I have contracted T.O.W.S. Since I have been diagnosed I have come to wondering how long I have suffered this condition. Living in central Australia was I think quite good for […]

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New Toys: Bike Bag Dude Frame and Chaff Bags

Two days ago I received a parcel from the east coast with exciting new toys. For a few years I have been trying to work out how to carry more and more water as I wander further from the beaten track. Actually living in the desert, I am more concerned about being precisely on the track, but not having access to water for hundreds of kilometres. Anyway, the parcel contained […]

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Snake bite poetry

Poem authored by Louise, Sir Calaeb and myself. Important note. No human was in anyway harmed in the creation of this tale. Mum do not panic, it turns out I was just being paranoid! There once was a little brown snake Who thought that he would undertake, To rest beside a garden stake. No shoes was Paddy’s first mistake:

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Long Weekend Cycle Tour – Rosewood – Lake Moogerah – Ipswich

It was a wet and windy weekend and all through the house chilly drafts filled every corner. The alarm stirred two sleepy figures who opened their eyes, mumbled a few words about how terrible it was and rolled over to go back to sleep.  Ten minutes later one figure sat bolt upright and declared that it was time to go riding! Our plans for the weekend we’re fairly simple. We […]

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