Family

Motorcycling with Dad

Dad on his wheels, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. The sugar cane bristled in the dry wind, which fanned the flames of the massive bush fire on nearby Stradbroke Island. The plume of smoke coming from it looked rather like a bomb had exploded there and, by the time we reached the waterfront, we […]

Rest day reflections

What a year 2013 was for me! Here’s a brief review of the highlights: January I started the year on 1 January by riding the 11 of Eleven Audax ride. It was my first Audax event and I went away totally hooked. On 12 January, I went on to complete my first 200km bicycle ride […]

Sandgate-Redcliffe ride with Mum

After the success of our Gold Coast bike ride last week, Mum and I decided to drive up to Sandgate to ride along the northern Moreton Bay waterfront. After-all, the beach is the place to be in summer. We started down at Sandgate just near the Sandgate jetty. The sun was shining and the tide […]

Christmas parties and riding

Partying with Margaret the scary doll, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. I was supposed fly to Tasmania today. I am meant to be at a friend’s place tonight catching up and preparing to ride the Tasmanian Trail. I was going to spend the next three weeks sleeping in a tent. But, with my MTB […]

Christmas Eve ride with Mum

My Mum, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. What better way to start our Christmas celebrations than to go riding with Mum. We cruised out to Victoria Point then along the waterfront to Point O’Halloran before following quiet suburban backstreets down to a bike path through the trees in Cleveland. We had a chance to […]

Cruising the beach

I was looking for somewhere different to ride today. Somewhere fun, relaxed and interesting. Ideally, after last weekend’s tough 200km, I wanted somewhere easy. So, when Mum asked me whether I wanted to go riding with her today, it didn’t take long for us to agree on a ride down at the Gold Coast. We […]

A quiet week

“Rock” climbing, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. While I had hoped to log some bigger mileage on my bike this week, circumstances have led to it being a quiet one. But it’s been enjoyable all the same. Yesterday I rode my mountain bike to and from work. At just 12-13km each way, it’s easy […]

Out riding with Mum

Out riding with Mum, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. As I have mentioned many times on this blog, I am fortunate to have a mum who likes to come on little adventures with me. This morning, she let me take her out exploring some of the back roads near her home. It meant we […]

Kayaking the Brisbane River (Twin Bridges to Burton’s Bridge)

Kayaking the Brisbane River (Twin Bridges to Burton’s Bridge)

Rivers have always been an influential feature in my life. I grew up near the Logan River flats, worked with a view of the Brisbane River and used to paddle on the Pine River in my twenties. But for many years, my relationship with the local river systems has been limited to walking along their […]

Lazy Sunday ride

A hot afternoon in The Maze, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. It was stinking hot today. A dry 33’C (91’F). I wanted to get out but didn’t feel like going hard. Fortunately, my sister wanted to take her two oldest boys (7 and 8 years old) riding. So, after a 15km cruise on my […]