Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Merewether Australia
Bikes: Bike Friday NWT, Mongoose Randonneur, rebuilt town bikes
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Down under rumblings
Thanks for the welcome.
Riding in Australia is great.
Most of the population lives along the east coast, which has plenty of flat coastal and river flat areas. There are some shorter climbs, compared to say, the Sierras.
Further inland, 50-100miles, is The Great Dividing Range, which extends north-south from North Queensland to Victoria. There are plenty of good climbs and great scenery, although generally not as high as the Sierras.
Further west, the country is generally undulating tablelands and much more sparsely populated.
I have recently returned from my 4th? visit the the US (daughter in Houston Texas.) This trip included driving from Seattle to southern LA, so we saw plenty of great countryside and active cycling areas.
These included Grand Coulee Dam area, Oregon Coast, Jacksonville Oregon, Redwood Forests, California coast highway Moterey to Morro Bay and the seaside cruising Santa Barbara to Newport.
No cycling for me this time, except for two paid excursions in Alaska, due to family and time constraints. Perhaps next time.
Spoke to a few cyclists on the road, including the recumbent rider in Klamath (I think,) who had cycled most of the US and also driven the east coast of Australia. Everyone was real friendly.
Visited the Bike Friday factory in Eugene Oregon (thanks Peter.)
The country was great, with spectacular scenery changing at every bend. The scenery in Australia is not as varied as west coast USA, but has it's own charm. The road network is also much more low key and it is not hard to find a quiet country road.
Let me know if you would like any more specific information, or help with a visit.