Beware of the Crab Armies: A Sandgate Escape

Sandgate corella

“If you hurt them, the crab army will come and tear your eyeballs out with their sharp claws!”

I opened my eyes wide in mock horror and thanked the young lad for his sagely advice. It’s not often I drag my hermit-like self out to mingle with the crowds that flock to the coast on the weekend, but on this occasion I was being thoroughly entertained by a pair of young wildlife enthusiasts. Continue reading

University Daze and Riverside Ramblings

Jacaranda skies

Well, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks here. A few highs and lows which are a natural part of life. Since surfing these emotional waves is not my forte, I planned to climb a mountain for some nature therapy.

I was hoping to regale you with sweaty tales of danger and delight as I scaled the summit of Mt Maroon, a class 5 walk requiring high fitness, navigational skills, and some rock scrambling with a 360 degree view as a reward. However, my dreams were short-lived as the heavens erupted the night before and I woke up to a warm, humid day with even more showers  and storms predicted.

Storms and rock scrambling do not mix. The weather probably saved my daughter from having to write an obituary post anyway. Disappointed but not defeated, I rang my son and asked him if he’d like a walk in Toohey Forest Park on the weekend. I woke  before my alarm went off as I do every time I’m going to a new hiking destination. While dunking my sugar and fat filled gingernut biscuits  into a mug of organic, ethically grown healthy green tea (they balance each other out) I was anticipating being able to write a riveting blog post about venomous snake encounters and fluffy koalas. A twinge in the abdomen as I left the house was ignored. Continue reading

Bicycle Love

I’m a fan of bicycles, whether they be for sport, adventure, touring, commuting, transporting goods or just plain fun.  I’ll be using this page to share information, pics and videos I find interesting. For the moment here is a short list of blogs/sites pertaining to cycle touring.

Some interesting blogs I have followed:

http://abike4allseasons.com/

http://cyclingdutchgirl.com/

http://www.cyclingtheglobe.com/

http://travellingtwo.com/

http://pikesonbikes.com/

http://www.familyonbikes.org/

http://www.shanecycles.com/

http://www.familyonbikes.org/

http://www.dutchcycling.nl/

http://www.bikeboom.info/

http://blackdogbicycling.blogspot.com.au/

http://cycletraveller.com.au/australia/

http://www.wandercyclist.com/

http://tomsbiketrip.com/

http://looking442.wordpress.com/

Here is a link where some of the most experienced cycle touring women are interviewed by Emily Chappel. If you are a woman and wonder if solo cycle touring is for you, this might be a good place to start.

http://thatemilychappell.com/advice-questions/questionable-women/