Walking

Carnarvon Gorge – Main Gorge Track to Big Bend bush camp

After another gloriously restful sleep in my tent, I was refreshed and ready to lug my heavy pack up the Main Gorge Track to Big Bend bush camp. The trail is only 10km but there are plenty of extra side tracks to extend the walk, which is exactly what we did. As we set off […]

Kenya Day 14 – Menengai Crater hike

“Andrew!” I look up as I hear my name. A tall solid Kenyan wearing dark trousers, pink jumper, beanie and green Masai blanket waves with a huge smile. This must be Paul, the tour guide Rosemary had organised for me. We shake hands and introduce ourselves before I follow Paul off up the road to […]

Tooloona Creek Circuit hike

After the week I’ve had, it was wonderful to drive up the mountains with Mum to enjoy some fresh rainforest air. Our destination was the 17.5km (10.8 mile) Tooloona Creek Circuit at Lamington National Park (Green Mountains Section). After the obligatory photo at the national park entry sign we were off on the trail. The […]

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 […]

Enjoying the long days

Commuting with takeaway curry in the seat post bag, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. The days are long here in Brisbane right now. Well, long by our standards. The sun is up at 4:30am and doesn’t go to bed until about 6:30pm, with dusk extending to about 6:45pm. It’s glorious to be able to […]

A path through the bush

A path through the bush, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. Now that the Bayview Bash is over, all that’s left to do is collect all the checkpoint flags. This morning I went out to pick up the water bottles at the water drop and the flags from the top MTB section. The bush was […]

A fortunate life

Chilling, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. It’s easy to get caught up in the “busy” life of the twenty-first century. First world problems bother us all. We complain about our jobs. We complain about the mortgage repayments and bills. We stress about credit card debt. And we argue about stupid stuff that really doesn’t […]

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 […]

A commute and hill ride

Ready to commute, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. I started my day with a 5km walk with my partner. Then I cycled the 12.2km to work. This evening, I rode home via West Mount Cotton Road, which is the only real hill ride around my home. 25km and 303m of climbing later I arrived […]

An off-track exploration

Fern tree, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. My sister wanted to go running but my knee is still playing up since I hit it with a shovel (by accident) and there’s no way I can even contemplate running on it. So instead, I suggested we go for an off-track exploration and course-setting walk. She […]