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An invitation arrived by phone. We’re heading south this weekend to go camping at Woolgoolga. Do you want to come with us? We’re bringing our bikes. My mind imagines Northern New South Wales with clear autumn skies carrying cool starry nights and sun basked days, mixed with comfortable conversations with long-time friends, a good dose of fresh sea air and maybe a meal from the White Salt fish and chip shop that I’ve heard so much about… Read More

Some weeks before this bike experiment was conceived, I registered for a bicycle maintenance workshop. The Gold Coast City Council has a very active program of community workshops and classes, and amongst them is a series devoted to bike-riding. They’re part of the Council’s campaign to promote active travel, encouraging people with the clever prompt to ‘change the way you move’. The outline of the workshop read well, it was nearby and… Read More

Normally, it’s an empty concrete breezeway with life-sized replicas of humpback whales suspended from the ceiling and the sounds of recorded whale song wafting in the air. It’s a pedestrian throughway separating the Art Gallery and the Queensland Museum at Brisbane’s Southbank, one that I walk briskly through in winter when it becomes a chilly concrete funnel for cold winds and one that I stroll slowly along when summer heat hangs in… Read More