Day 6 - Taree to Port Macquarie

Day 6 – Taree to Port Macquarie

Today was wet. As mentioned in the previous day’s entry, it started raining late yesterday afternoon. The GPS wanted to direct me via Lawrence but that would have added an extra 40km to the length of the trip so I disregarded the instructions and kept riding along the main road through Cundletown to the freeway. There was a really bad… Read more →

Day 5 - Gloucester to Taree

Day 5 – Gloucester to Taree

I left just before 7am. It was good weather for riding – overcast and not too hot (mid-20’s all day). By about 10, I arrived in Krambach and found that there’s now a cafe in town. There was one family there already and more people turned up during the time I was there – decent traffic for a very small… Read more →

Day 4 - Rest Day in Gloucester

Day 4 – Rest Day in Gloucester

I woke up reasonably late today (7:30) and went down the street for breakfast. Then I came back and did some laundry in the motel washer and dryer. Basically I spent the day catching up on twitter and email, and updating my ride data online. Around midday, I went back into town for lunch (another bacon and egg roll –… Read more →

Day 3 - Raymond Terrace to Gloucester

Day 3 – Raymond Terrace to Gloucester

Today started well – up and out the door by 6:30 and into the motel breakfast room for a buffet breakfast, leaving by 7am. It was still dark out and I was thankful for having lights. I hadn’t been sure of my direction as all roads led in a bit of an arc, but I had decided last night that… Read more →

Day 2 - Long Jetty to Raymond Terrace

Day 2 – Long Jetty to Raymond Terrace

Today started out overcast with patches of blue sky, but I decided to wear my rain gear anyway. That was a good decision as it bucketed down as I reached The Entrance. My legs were a bit sore and I was feeling a bit sorry for myself as I rode through the wet to the Munmorah state recreation area but… Read more →

Day 1 - Marrickville to the Central Coast

Day 1 – Marrickville to the Central Coast

I got up this morning at 6 after a bit of a restless night – last minute nerves. Instead of the puzzle books I had packed last night, I repacked a book (Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino) as I recalled that I had various games on the tablet I could play. By about 7, I was on the road. The weather… Read more →

I’ve ridden from Sydney to Wilson’s Creek

I arrived yesterday and am in the middle of uploading photos to Flicker. This post is a summary and I’ll follow up with posts for individual days afterwards as I transcribe the diary I kept along the route. Basically I rode 881km over 12 days – with 2 rest days – through the central coast to Dungog and Gloucester; via… Read more →

All About Women

That’s the title of the International Womens Day event at the Sydney Opera House, that I attended. It comprised several panels covering a range of issues and there was more than I could find time to attend at overlapping events. In the end, I decided on three: How to be a Feminist, chaired by Geraldine Doogue¬† and 6 panellists (Update:… Read more →

I’ve been dealing with dodgey phone companies and I’m frustrated

My mother’s phone line is out of order – has been for weeks. I reported the problem for her on the 31st and I’ve been patient but it’s hard. The ACMA website has a FAQ that states that all faults should be fixed within 3 business days at the worst. However, there’s a “get out of jail free” card that… Read more →

Garmin Australia is Incompetent

For about a year I’ve had a fault lodged with them, over the inability to turn off guide-popups on the Edge 810. The documentation says that it’s possible, and there’s a menu option that is supposed to do that, but it doesn’t work for me. Initially I had discussions with Level 1 support who didn’t appear familiar with the products… Read more →

How not to build a path

Sydney council have finished the final section of path from The Boathouse across the front of the school to Bridge Road. Unfortunately, half of it is packed dirt. When I was riding home on Monday, I wondered how it would quickly it would develop problems, and the answer is two days. The storms have created corrugations already and it’ll only… Read more →

Another great Jon Stewart clip

Fox News hypocrisy exposed again Originally shared by +Tim Elkins “We are so f*cked, I don’t even know what to do.” — Jon Stewart Once again, we, as a nation, need adult supervision. The Way We War Although ISIS and the Ebola outbreak pose serious threats to the world, the media dedicates its time to President Barack Obama’s “latte salute.”

“That Kit” is a stupid distraction

This is another good article on the stupidity of the the media storm around the photo of the Columbian amateur team’s cycling kit. It also gives a very deserved kicking to Brian Cookson and the UCI for weighing in the way they did. The UCI have been silent on several issues like rider safety and equal pay and instead get… Read more →

Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn’t exist

Reshared post from +Lauren Weinstein Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn’t exist Earlier this week, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian posted the latest in a series of crowdfunded videos called Tropes vs. Women, devoted to aggregating and analyzing games that portray women as… View this post on Google+

2014 Gong Ride Fundraising

It’s been a frustrating few months with health issues since the 2014 Gong Ride was announced in May, but I’m fit again and about to start kicking off my training and fundraising for the event. As usual we are riding to raise money to support research and patient support for Multiple Sclerosis, and anything donated over $2.00 is tax deductable…. Read more →

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