Cycle touring

The Logan River

Her murky brown waters have been a constant in my life. It’s said that her waters are infested with bull sharks and that swimming in them is just asking for trouble so I’ve never dared. But despite her colour and ill-repute, I love this lazy brown river that meanders past the places I have long […]

The colours of my world

I look up from cooking my breakfast to enjoy the sun glinting through the campground. And there it is, the most amazing display of colour as the sun lights up the roots that drape down from a Moreton Bay fig. They turn blood red against the tree’s grey trunk. It’s absolutely stunning. I’ve never seen […]

Jacobs Well

My four nights here at Jacobs Well are proving to be absolutely delightful. The caravan park is peaceful and the amenities clean. The takeaway shops are not too bad with plenty of cheap options for when I don’t feel like cooking. The bottle shop sells the delicious but expensive Swedish ciders I like to drink […]

Sugar cane country

For the next few days, I’m staying in sugar cane country. I like it down here. As a child we lived in a suburb on the other side of the Logan River and every year the cinders from the sugar cane burn off would fall into our pool like black snow flakes. Growing up, my […]

Fully loaded

I feel like I’m really doing it now.  I’m cycle touring. Sure, I don’t leave Brisbane for another 7 weeks. But I have got everything in my panniers and cycled to this week’s camp. And cycling to camp is cycle touring. So what did I learn? That the Vivente WR handles like a dream under […]

Frequently asked questions

As I start this unconventional journey as an itinerant adventurer, I thought I’d start a Frequently Asked Questions page to answer the questions that I have started to hear and also the questions I always ponder when I read about other itinerant adventurers’ lives. If you have a question you would like answered, just post […]

Flying to Kenya and the start of a new chapter

I sit here in the sky. It’s quiet aboard my flight as it’s long past midnight Australian time and we have fourteen hours ahead of us before we land in Abu Dhabi sometime tomorrow morning. We’re crammed in like sardines so I’m finding it difficult to sleep. The little girl beside me keeps cuddling up […]

Brisbane Valley cycle tour weekend – Day 2

The campground is still. The dawn sky is grey outside my tent and the water on the dam is calm. I can hear a few people shuffling around the campground but it’s still not yet day and the campers all seem to have agreed to stay quiet. I slip out of my tent and take […]

Brisbane Valley cycle tour weekend – Day 1

I’m not in any rush when I get up. My partner makes me breakfast (we take turns cooking and this morning she’s decided to do it). I packed my bike last night so I watch the end of a movie I started earlier in the week and then set off. I want the experience of […]