So after 6 weeks in Brisbane it seems like it is time for my second general update on what is going on and why I still seem to have no free time, even though I am unemployed. If you have suggestions on what I should be doing let me know, otherwise I’ll just keep enjoying the life of a leisure!
I thought that since I have to give at the moment I should give it. In my last update I talked about how I had been helping out with the National Parks Association of Queesland, and I am still doing a little bit here and there. Last week I started a new volunteer role with MS Queensland helping to get all the rider packs ready for their upcoming Brissie to the Bay charity ride. This ride is Queensland’s biggest charity bike ride with up to 5000 people partaking. The scary thing is that all of the ride packs for the event are packed by hand which takes up the staff’s time when there aren’t enough volunteers to help. For anyone who has ever take part in a charity bike ride, or any other charity activity I’d really like you to spare a thought for all the people who make these events happen.
I’ve finally started getting out on my mountain bike in the past few weeks. I’ve been riding with the people from the Gap Creek Trail Association a few times and have spent a bit more time helping to build trails, including a fairly sweet little berm and switchback section at Gap Creek.
One of the berms I helped build at Gap Creek mountain bike park. Continue reading
So I’ve now been in Brissie for a week and having been thoroughly impressed by what I’ve seen so far I thought I would share some of my favourite discoveries.
1) Brisbane Cycle Ways – The Brissie cycle way network is simply just amazing. Of the 40 kilometres I rode yesterday 30 would have been on cycleways and 1o on dedicated cycleways. I will take a picture when it isn’t raining but what amazes me most is how clearly marked bicycle and pedestrian areas are (green and blue respectively). The one thing Brissie doesn’t do is sign post how to get places, which is partly made up for by signs stating the easiest way through difficult intersections.
Brisbane Bicentennial Bikeway
2) Gap Creek Track association – Yesterday I went and spent the morning building mountain bike trails with the GCTA in mountains behind Mt Coo-tha. This little organisation is made up of dedicated mountain bikers which take one day a month to build and maintain a series of great looking trails. I am particular impressed by the way they work with the local council and community to build trails and features of use to general public. The best part is a skills area in the grass picnic area for people to teach their kids how to do log role overs etc.
3) Making cookies – unrelated to cycling in any way is the fact that I made cookies for the first time on Friday. Pretty exciting really, they were white-chocolate and obviously dairy free.
Anyway that is a bit of a run down on progress. I really am going to start taking photos to make these posts more interesting! To prove the point here is a photo of the view from our deck the other afternoon!