This webpage will list my riding adventures
starting 2nd September 2019.

This is my normal route.



This is a breakdown of my normal bike route from Home to Robbies Cafe to the Spit and return.

  • 1.6kms - Home to Turnaround Pt.
  • 10.7kms - Turnaround to GC600 Park.
  • 20.9kms - GC600 Park to Robbies Cafe.
  • 28.8kms - Robbies Cafe to Surfers Photo Spot.
  • 37.2kms - Surfers Photo Spot to The Spit.
  • 52.0kms - The Spit to Cafe Rockpool.
  • 58.4kms - Cafe Rockpool to Turnaround Pt.
  • 61.1kms - Turnaround Pt to Home.

  • Home to Turnaround Pt down to Surfers via GC600 Park to Robbies Cafe to The Spit (both ends) then back through GC600 Park back to the Turnaround Pt and finally back Home about 60kms.



    18. Thu 14th Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 41.32kms.
    17. Mon 11th Nov - Lands End, Robbie's Cafe, Surfers and The Spit- 61.27kms.
    16. Tue 5th Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.31kms.
    15. Sun 3rd Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 40.89kms.
    14. Wed 30th Oct - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 46.16kms.
    13. Wed 16th Oct - Checking out GC600 Supercars and surrounding areas.
    12. Mon 14th Oct - Lands End, Robbie's Cafe, Surfers and The Spit- 61.07kms.
    11. Fri 4th Oct - With Dad to The Spit - 24.03kms.
    10. Thu 3rd Oct - With Dad to The Spit - 25.07kms.
    09. Mon 30th Sep - With Dad to The Spit - 26.29kms.
    08. Fri 20th Sep - Lands End, Surfers, The Spit and Broadwater Parklands- 46.7kms.
    07. Sun 15th Sep - Lands End, Surfers, The Spit and Broadwater Parklands- 41.56kms.
    06. Thu 12th Sep - Lands End, Robbie's Cafe, Surfers and The Spit- 64.76kms.
    05. Mon 9th Sep - Playground 'crawl' with Mase. - 4.19kms.
    04. Sat 7th Sep - Lands End, Surfers and The Spit - 45.28kms.
    03. Thu 5th Sep - Lands End, Robbie's Cafe, Surfers and The Spit - 61.04kms.
    02. Wed 4th Sep - Lands End, Robbie's Cafe, Surfers and The Spit - 63.69kms.
    01. Mon 2nd Sep - Lands End, Robbie's Cafe, Surfers and The Spit - 63.82kms.

    Thu 14th Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, just the joy of being outside and riding.

    Marg and I had shopping duties first thing this morning, so I didn't leave until 11:13am. As I haven't done many kms lately, I only wanted a short 40km ride today, the breeze was quickly building.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. The park is now back to normal after the Gold Coast 600 Supercars race.
    I rode through the park, the geese were out and roaming around the park. I spoke to Mark, I hadn't noticed the old goose, she died during the week, she was a 20yo blind goose. Mark believes that the 6 gosling that are nearly fully grown, maybe permanently staying on the island. I hope so.
    Eventually, I headed down to Surfers for my usual weather photos. As the Schoolies are coming this weekend, there are barriers everywhere and my usual weather photo area is blocked off. SO I took photos from under the lifesaving tower. After the photo session at Surfers, I headed back past the park and out to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. I was hoping to see a snake, BUT not to be. I did see a a guy with a big camera lens, SO I stopped and talked to him. He walks to and from The Spit and takes photos of anything that moves. Today he photoed some bearded dragons. I didn't see them.

    I continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my cheese roll, I had run out of bananas. It was YUMMA.
    While at the end of The Moondarewa Spit, I noticed that it was blocked off, they were filming something. Everyone that I asked were sworn to secrecy. Bastards.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. The resident magpie was not to be seen.
    I continued past the Southport YC and over the shared path bridge and stopped at cafe Rockpool for 3 scoops of rum and raisin icecream because it was very warm. That is my excuse and I am sticking to it.
    I finally headed back to home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:41.32km at ave 16.0kph
    November total to date: 186kms
    2019 total: 4,911.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - café Rockpool - ride #128 - lunch ride - sunny - 23-25deg 20-28kph NE

    The Pit area is back to normal.

    Surfers - awaiting the Schoollies.

    Surfers - awaiting the Schoollies.

    12:48pm - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    12:48pm - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Back to the top.

    Mon 11th Nov - Lands End, Robbie's Cafe, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight was seeing Goosey Lucy's 6 new goslings. Absolutely Beautiful. They are about 10 weeks old now. Today's LOWlight was "something in the Air" or "smoke on the water". It was so smoky.

    I had no time restraints, and left at 6:55am. I rode my normal route with Robbies' cafe option. The breeze was very light and slowly increasing.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. The Supercars are about 90% packed up. All paths in MacIntosh Island are now open, only the pit area is partially blocked by the crane removing the concrete barriers. Over the bridge at Narrowneck. I continued on to Robbies' cafe beside the Miami Beach SLSC via Broadbeach. Stopped out the front, checked if there was a share table. Yep so I had a coffee. After coffee, I headed back to Surfers to my daily photo spot, then continued to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. I didn't see any along the gravel path. As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my 2 bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Back along the gravel track Southport SLSC then onto MacIntosh Park.
    I stopped at my usual benchseat and 'talked' to Peter Peacock who was standing on a large rock. He allowed me to take his photo. Bloody nice photo. Thanks Pete.
    I rode to Cafe Rockpool, where I had a coffee.
    From here, I stopped at the Caravan park and saw that it is about quarter full. I then headed back to home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:61.27km at ave 15.9kph
    November total to date: 144kms
    2019 total: 4,869.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Robbies - Surfers - Spit - café Rockpool - ride #127 - morning ride - smoky - 20-25deg 9-20kph E Var

    Smoky haze - looking from Lands End to Southport.

    The Goslings with guardians.

    The Goslings with guardians.

    Robbie's cafe.. Nearly full.

    Out the front of Robbies.

    9:09am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    23.8° - 13kph S.

    9:09am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:09am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:09am - at Surfers - looking South.

    9:39am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:39am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Federation Walk before the fire.

    After last Friday's fire.

    Beautiful Peter Peacock.

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    Tue 5th Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, Danny Dolphin just lazing about at the end of The Spit. Absolutely beautiful.

    I had no time restraints, and left at 7:19am. As I haven't done many kms lately, I only wanted a short 40km ride today, the breeze was quickly building.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. The Gold Coast 600 Supercars race finished last Sunday week and the workers are still packing up and may have a couple of weeks to go.
    I rode through the park, the geese were out and roaming around the park.
    Eventually, I headed down to Surfers for my usual weather photos. It is still a concrete jungle as some grandstands and barriers haven't been touched yet. After the photo session at Surfers, I headed back past the park and off to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. I was hoping to see a snake like last week, BUT not to be.

    I continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my 2 bananas. They were YUMMA.
    While at the end of The Spit, I noticed Danny Dolphin was about 10 meters off the end of The Spit. Just Beautiful. Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. The resident magpie was not to be seen.
    I continued along the Main Beach Parade, back to the bridge at Narrowneck and onto MacIntosh Park. Rode upto where the wildlife live. I rode around the lake and spotted a 'water dragon'? and then headed over to cafe Rockpool for a coffee. I finally headed back to home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:42.31km at ave 15.2kph
    November total to date: 83kms
    2019 total: 4,808.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - café Rockpool - ride #126 - morning ride - sunny - 223-29deg 6-61kph W

    The workers are getting there.

    8:13am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    26.0° - 28kph W.

    8:13am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:13am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:13am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Still clearing the barriers.

    Danny Dolphin off The Spit.

    8:51am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:51am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    The YOT Club.

    the YOT Club.

    Water dragon... maybe???

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    Sun 3rd Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, The 6 Goslings.

    I had no time restraints, and left at 7:44am. As I haven't done many kms lately, I only wanted a short 40km ride today, the breeze was slowly building.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. The Gold Coast 600 Supercars race finished last Sunday and the workers are still packing up and may have a couple of weeks to go.
    I rode through the park, being the weekend, the geese were locked on their island.
    Eventually, I headed down to Surfers for my usual weather photos. It is still a concrete jungle as some grandstands and barriers haven't been touched yet. After the photo session at Surfers, I headed back past the park and off to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. I was hoping to see a snake like last week, BUT not to be.

    I continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my 2 bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. The resident magpie was having Sunday morning sleepin. Not to be seen.
    I continued along the Main Beach Parade, back to the bridge at Narrowneck and onto MacIntosh Park. Rode upto where the wildlife live. I rode around the lake and then headed over to cafe Rockpool for a coffee. I finally headed back to home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:46.16km at ave 16.6kph
    November total to date: 41kms
    2019 total: 4,766.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - café Rockpool - ride #125 - morning ride - cloudy - 22-26deg 11-26kph NE

    The 6 goslings are growing up.

    8:19am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    23.7° - 13kph N.

    8:19am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:19am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:19am - at Surfers - looking South.

    9:12am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:12am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

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    Wed 30th Oct - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, where to start... Snakes, Goslings or mating Peter & Penny peacocks.

    I had no time restraints, and left at 7:12am. As I haven't done many kms lately, I only wanted a short 40km ride today, the breeze was very light.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. The Gold Coast 600 Supercars race finished last Sunday and the workers are still packing up and may have a couple of weeks to go, before Mark (the head gardener) and his mates can put the park back to its prerace state.
    I rode through the park, it is obviously mating season for the peacocks, because Peter Peacock was show his full plumage and it looked beautiful. As he turned around, I saw Penny Peahen in front of him. She couldn't give a stuff with this big macho peacock strutting his stuff. At the bar tonight where all the peacocks go for a chat with their mates, Pete will tell his fellow peacocks that he tried his best but Penny wasn't interested.
    Eventually, I headed down to Surfers for my usual weather photos. It is still a concrete jungle as some grandstands and barriers haven't been touched yet. After the photo session at Surfers, I headed back past the park and off to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. About a kilometer from The Spit on the gravel track, I noticed a snake crossing the path. I immediately stopped, put my bike down and took my phone out and walked to it. Immediately, I realised it was not Monty, so I assume that it is an Eastern Brown. it had all the markings of a 'brownie'. As soon as it sensed my presence it turned and slithered into the long grass and bush, I thought well that's the end of my photo opportunity. BUT it came out again about a meter further away, SO I kept my distance and clicked away. After he disappeared for good, I continued out to the end of the Spit.

    I continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my 2 bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Got hit 4 times by the resident magpie. No damage at all.
    I continued along the Main Beach Parade, back to the bridge at Narrowneck and onto MacIntosh Park. Rode upto where the wildlife live. I rode around the lake and found the 6 goslings. Firstly, they are alive and kicking and grown into beautiful geese. I spoke to Mark the head gardener and asked him where the geese were during the GC600 weekend. He said that he left them on their island and fed them there. Today they appeared to be happy until this old fart approached to take photos and then they went into protection mode, BUT after we talked, they settled down and let me take the photos without too much hassle.

    Said bye to Mark and headed over to cafe Rockpool for a coffee. There is a new girl "Layla" as in Eric Clapton's song. She is nice.
    From here, I rode through the Caravan park, it is off season and nearly empty. I finally headed back to home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:46.16km at ave 15.4kph
    October total to date: 239kms
    2019 total: 4,725.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - café Rockpool - ride #124 - morning ride - cloudy - 20-24deg 2-22kph S-NE

    Peter Peacock trying to charm Penny Peahen.

    Penny was not impressed.

    Peter Peacock trying to charm Penny Peahen.

    Penny was not impressed.

    8:06am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    21.5° - 6kph S.

    8:06am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:06am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:06am - at Surfers - looking South.

    A 'Brownie' on Federation Walk.

    A 'Brownie' on Federation Walk.

    8:40am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:40am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Decisons, decisions. Where do I bloody well sit.

    The goslings have grown.

    The goslings have grown.

    The goslings have grown.

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    Wed 16th Oct - Checking out GC600 Supercars and surrounding areas.

    Today's Highlight was just the enjoyment of riding.

    I had no time restraints, Dad is safely back home in Melbourne, SO I thought that I would ride down to MacIntosh Island where the Gold Coast 600 is being held this weekend. I thought that I would try and check out as much of the area as possible. Lukey told me that the Supercars Transporters will be driving down Tedder Ave at 8:00am, 10:45am and 1:30pm.

    I left home at 7:17am, headed south along the shared path, saw George the mowerman at the Blue and Yellow roofed playground. Stopped and chatted, then continued to Tedder Ave. There was a PR stand set up in the shopping strip area, where a guy broadcasting what's happening with the Supercars. After his advert, I asked him about the transporters. He said as the pitlane is small, only about 5 transporters would arrive together and that they had 2 hours to empty all their gears and racecars. When empty, the transporters are parked at The Spit is a line. They look good.

    I arrived in Tedder Ave with 10 minutes to spare. Suddenly 4 motorcycle cops appeared followed by Red Bull, Shell, Tekno and the Kostecki Bros.
    When they passed, I then rode out to The Spit, where I spotted some more of the transporters, before riding to the end of The Spit and sat and ate my 2 bananas. After riding my normal route at the Spit, I rode back along Seaworld Dve, hoping to see anything Supercar related. To my surprise as I approached Seaworld, my namesake "Frosty" Winterbottom's tranporter was parked on Seaworld Dve, so I stopped and took some photos. They were great because I could move around and have the sun behind me.

    Now I thought that I will ride back to the track and see if I can get inside. The roads have been barricaded but the footpaths are still open until Friday, SO I rode slowly along the footpaths, making sure to give the workers plenty of room, SO I didn't upset them.
    I rode along the footpath in between the temporary grandstands, crossed over the road from the beachside to the Island side, over the bridge that connects to MacIntosh Is and slowly made my way to where Goosey Lucy and Peter Peacock and their mates hang out. Their domain has temporarily been taken over with a stage, fencing, portable rooms etc. I did see 3 geese. I didn't see the goslings and their minders. Peter Peacock was walking around near the stage, while his mates were happily sitting in the trees.

    I rode around everywhere I could stopped and photoed the mercandise stalls and other bits and pieces.

    Finally leaving the GC600 and riding over to see Kamal for a coffee, then headed home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:33.77km at ave 13.5kph
    October total to date: 171kms
    2019 total: 4,657.
    Today's ride summary:
    GC - checking out the Supercar areas for this weekend's GC600 - morning ride - sunny - 19-24deg 11-19kph SE

    The lead car.

    Red Bull.

    Red Bull.

    Shell.

    Shell.

    Tekno.

    Tekno.

    Kostecki Bros.

    Kostecki Bros.

    Some transporters at The Spit.

    Some transporters at The Spit.

    Some transporters at The Spit.

    Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    At the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Garry Rogers Motorsport.

    "Frosty" Winterbottom's transporter.

    "Frosty" Winterbottom's transporter.

    At Narrowneck looking down the back straight.

    Goosey Lucy and mates.

    The wildlife has been fenced in.

    The stage.

    Peter Peacock.

    Shell tent.

    Tickford tent.

    Penrite tent.

    Red Bull tent.

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    Mon 14th Oct - Lands End, Robbie's Cafe, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight was seeing Goosey Lucy's 6 new goslings. Absolutely Beautiful. They are about 6 weeks old now.

    I had no time restraints, and left at 7:17am. I rode my normal route with Robbies' cafe option. The breeze was very light and slowly increasing.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. The Supercars are setting up camp for the 25th Oct round. The path is still open but it will close as they are building the grandstands, fences, containers etc. Over the bridge at Narrowneck. I continued on to Robbies' cafe beside the Miami Beach SLSC via Broadbeach. Stopped out the front, checked if there was a share table. Yep so I had a coffee. After coffee, I headed back to Surfers to my daily photo spot, then continued to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. I didn't see any along the gravel path. As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my 2 bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Back along the gravel track Southport SLSC then onto MacIntosh Park.
    I stopped at my usual benchseat and 'talked' to Goosey Lucy and his mates and their 6 goslings. They were beautiful.
    I rode to Cafe Rockpool, where I had a coffee.
    From here, I stopped at the Caravan park and saw that it is about quarter full. I then headed back to home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:61.07km at ave 16.8kph
    October total to date: 110kms
    2019 total: 4,596.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Robbies - Surfers - Spit - café Rockpool - morning ride - sunny - 17-22deg 6-20kph E Var

    GC600 - The main pit straight.

    Peter Peacock in full bloom.

    The back straight along Narrowneck.

    Robbie's cafe.. Nearly empty.

    9:10am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    20.9° - 11kph ESE.

    9:10am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:10am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:10am - at Surfers - looking South.

    The back straight in Narrowneck.

    9:42am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:42am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Moondarewa Spit on The Spit.

    The bridge back to MacIntosh Island.

    Some of the goslings.

    Some of the goslings.

    Some of the goslings.

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    Fri 4th Oct - With Dad to The Spit - 24.03kms.

    Today's Highlight was riding with my Dad.

    We had no time restraints, and left at 8:40am. Dad wanted to go back to The Spit and back about 25kms, SO we did. The breeze was moderate and building from the North.

    We rode out of our apartment, crossed over at the traffic lights and then along the shared path, headed south past Charis Seafood. Down past Aqua then as Mase calls it, The Helicopter Playground, past the Broadwater Tourist Park, past the Southport Aquatic Centre, past Kamal at Cafe Rockpool, through Broadwater Parklands over the Sundale Bridge, past the Southport YC, along the bike lane on Seaworld Drive, all the way to the Seaway, then out along the Broadwater side of The Spit. We sat on a benchseat in the shade and watched the Whale boats head out to sea.
    We then rode back along the same route and stopped at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee. Christina came out and chatted to us.

    After coffee, we followed the same route back home.

    Again, it was great to go riding with Dad. We both loved it.

    Today's ride was:24.03km at ave 13.5kph
    October total to date: 49kms
    2019 total: 4,535.
    Today's ride summary:
    With Dad - The Spit - coffee at Cafe Rockpool - morning ride - sunny - 20-25deg 19-37kph N

    Dad at the Broadwater side of The Spit.

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    Wed 3rd Oct - With Dad to The Spit - 25.07kms.

    Today's Highlight was riding with my Dad.

    We had no time restraints, and left at 8:33am. Dad wanted to go back to The Spit and back about 25kms, SO we did. The breeze was moderate and building from the North East.

    We rode out of our apartment, crossed over at the traffic lights and then along the shared path, headed south past Charis Seafood. Down past Aqua then as Mase calls it, The Helicopter Playground, past the Broadwater Tourist Park, past the Southport Aquatic Centre, past Kamal at Cafe Rockpool, through Broadwater Parklands over the Sundale Bridge, past the Southport YC, along the bike lane on Seaworld Drive, all the way to the Seaway, then out along the seawall until the end of The Spit.
    We sat on the rocks at the end and watched the world go bye. No whales today. We then rode back along the same route and stopped at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee. Kamal came out and chatted to us.

    After coffee, we followed the same route back home.

    Again, it was great to go riding with Dad. We both loved it.

    Today's ride was:25.07km at ave 13.7kph
    October total to date: 25kms
    2019 total: 4,511.
    Today's ride summary:
    With Dad - The Spit - coffee at Cafe Rockpool - morning ride - sunny - 19-24deg 11-28kph NE

    Dad at The Spit.

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    Mon 30th Sep - With Dad to The Spit - 26.29kms.

    Today's Highlight was riding with my Dad.

    Dad and his partner, Carol, are staying with us for 4 weeks, 3 weeks remaining. Back home in Melbourne, Dad owns and rides an ebike. SO I asked Steve the Emu man who lives in our block who also owns 3 ebikes, if I could borrow one for Dad. He said yes. SO today was the day.

    We had no time restraints, and left at 8:48am. I wanted to go easy on Dad's first ride, so we decided just to The Spit and back about 25kms. The breeze was moderate and building from the South East.

    We rode out of our apartment, crossed over at the traffic lights and then along the shared path, headed south past Charis Seafood. Down past Aqua then as Mase calls it, The Helicopter Playground, past the Broadwater Tourist Park, past the Southport Aquatic Centre, past Kamal at Cafe Rockpool, through Broadwater Parklands over the Sundale Bridge, past the Southport YC, along the bike lane on Seaworld Drive, all the way to the Seaway, then out along the seawall until the end of The Spit.
    We sat on the rocks at the end and watched the world go bye. We were lucky enough to see a whale breach about 1 km offshore. We then rode back along the same route and stopped at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee (Dad shouted...go on him). Kamal came out and I introduced him to Dad. Kamal usually talks to Mason when we are there.

    After coffee, we followed the same route back home.

    It was great to go riding with Dad. We both loved it.

    Today's ride was:26.29km at ave 12.6kph
    September total to date: 417kms
    2019 total: 4,486.
    Today's ride summary:
    With Dad - The Spit - coffee at Cafe Rockpool - morning ride - sunny - 23-24deg 22-32kph SE

    Dad at The Spit.

    Dad at Cafe Rockpool.

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    Fri 20th Sep - Lands End, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight was seeing that the 6 Goslings are still alive.

    I had no time restraints, and left at 8:09am. I only wanted a short 40km ride today, the breeze was moderate and building from the South East.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. The Gold Coast 600 Supercars race is on October 25, and the guys started preparing the track and surrounds last Monday. The boys have made a good start the pit building framework is well on its way. I managed a lap of the park and found Goosey Lucy and their 6 goslings. There are 4 geese, Mark the head gardener said they are Mum, Dad and 2 mates. These 4 geese are the goslings protectors. When the goslings move the 4 adults surround them. It is beautiful to see.

    Left the Park and headed over the bridge at Narrowneck and rode down to Surfers to my daily photo spot, then continued to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. I didn't see any along the gravel path.

    BUT half way along the track a woman stopped me and told me that she had lost her reading glasses, while jogging the Federation Walk earlier and can I kept 'an eye out' for her. I told her if I find them I will find her and give them to her.

    I continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my 2 bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Broadwater Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Back along the gravel track, came across the woman and asked her if she found her glasses. No, she hadn't. SO I rode back to Southport SLSC, very slowly, looking at the track and surrounds. Unfortunately, I didn't find them.
    I continued along the Main Beach Parade, back to the bridge at Narrowneck and onto MacIntosh Park. Mark was watching the GC600 workers, SO I stopped and spoke to him. He said that he is looking for someone to take the 6 goslings, as there is not enough room for 14 fully grown geese. This isn't as strange as its sounds, as in the past, when there have been goslings, they are placed on a farm or similair.

    Said bye to Mark and headed over to cafe Rockpool for a coffee.
    From here, I rode through the Caravan park and all my friends have now left and hopefully, I will see them next year. I finally headed back to home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:46.70km at ave 15.0kph
    September total to date: 391kms
    2019 total: 4,460.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - café Rockpool - ride #120 morning ride - sunny breaks - 19-23deg 9-24kph SE

    Looking towards the Pit area.

    The Pit area is coming to life.

    The Pit area is coming to life.

    The Pit area is coming to life.

    Mum, Dad, 2 mates and 6 goslings.

    Mum, Dad, 2 mates and 6 goslings.

    Mum, Dad, 2 mates and 6 goslings.

    9:01am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    21.7° - 17kph SE.

    9:01am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:01am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:01am - at Surfers - looking South.

    9:39am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:39am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    At the boatramp opposite Charis Seafoods, looking North.

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    Sun 15th Sep - Lands End, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight was meeting up with Crusty, who I haven't seen for a couple of years.

    It was the Brisbane to Gold Coast ride today, finishing in the Broadwater Parklands out the front of 'my' Cafe Rockpool.

    I planned to be at the finish line about 11:30am, to catch up with Crusty.

    I left home at 9:14am. I rode my normal route to Surfers. The breeze was very light and slowly increasing from the East.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. rode 1 lap then over the bridge at Narrowneck. I continued to Surfers to my daily photo spot, then continued to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. I didn't see any along the gravel path. As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my 2 bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Broadwater Spit then headed straight to the Parklands via Seaworld Drive and waited at the finish line for 30 minutes until Crusty arrived. We chatted for a few minutes before I headed back to home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:41.56km at ave 16.8kph
    September total to date: 344kms
    2019 total: 4,413.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #119 morning ride - sunny - 20-22deg 7-17kph E

    10:06am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    20.7° - 7kph E.

    10:06am - at Surfers - looking North.

    10:06am - at Surfers - looking East.

    10:06am - at Surfers - looking South.

    10:44am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    10:44am - at the Spit - Sunday morning yacht race.

    10:44am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

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    Thu 12th Sep - Lands End, Robbie's Cafe, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight was seeing Goosey Lucy's 6 new goslings. Absolutely Beautiful.

    I had no time restraints, and left at 7:10am. I rode my normal route with Robbies' cafe option. The breeze was very light and slowly increasing.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. rode 1 lap then over the bridge at Narrowneck. I continued on to Robbies' cafe beside the Miami Beach SLSC via Broadbeach. Stopped out the front, checked if there was a share table. Yep and Pat and 3 of her riding buddies were there, enjoying their coffee. I briefly chatted to Pat, then seat at my table. After coffee, I headed back to Surfers to my daily photo spot, then continued to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. I didn't see any along the gravel path. As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my 2 bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Broadwater Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Back along the gravel track Southport SLSC then onto MacIntosh Park.
    I stopped at my usual benchseat and 'talked' to Goosey Lucy and his mates AND SPOTTED 6 NEW ADDITIONS. They were beautiful.
    I rode 1 more lap of the Island before heading to Cafe Rockpool, where I had 3 scoops of rum and raisin ice cream. It was YUMMA.
    From here, I stopped at the Caravan park and all our friends have now left for greener pastures. I then headed back to home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:64.76km at ave 17.5kph
    September total to date: 303kms
    2019 total: 4,371.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Robbies - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #118 morning ride - sunny - 13-21deg 9-17kph E Var

    Goosey Lucy and new additions.

    Goosey Lucy and new additions.

    Goosey Lucy and new additions.

    9:04am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    19.9° - 11kph SE.

    9:04am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:04am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:04am - at Surfers - looking South.

    9:32am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:32am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Red motorhome.

    White motorhome.

    There may be a turf war developing between the Red and White motorhomes. Both are parking in the same area.

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    05. Mon 9th Sep - Playground 'crawl' with Mase. - 4.19kms.

    We were booked in to mind Mase today. This morning, he told Lukey that last ride papa made him ride to the Sundale bridge and he was buggered, so today, he only wanted to ride to our Northern turnaround point at Lands End. SO we agreed to that and checkout the 2 playgrounds at the turnaround point and then ride back to the playground over the road from our apartment, where the magpies are swooping.

    We left home at 11:21am. I connected his bike to the Tagalong so we can cross Marine Parade without any dramas. Once on the shared path I disconnected the Tagalong hitch and he rode by himself. Usually at 'blazing speed' so he tells me. Mase rode the full distance on his own except where I connect him to cross Marine Parade.

    We rode along the shared path from our place, upto the northern turnaround point at Lands End. Checked out the cranes but nothing was moving while we were there. Tested out the 2 playgrounds that were within 100 meters of the cranes. Continued southward and stopped at a sheltered table and benchseats, where we ate our BBQ shapes. As we were time restrained today, I asked Mase whether he wanted to play on 'our' playground or ride his scooter around our basement carpark, The scooter won. So home we went.

    I connected Mase to the Tagalong, so we can cross Marine Parade and get back to our basement.

    Another brilliant day with my mate.

    Even though it was very short ride, Mase loved it and so did I.

    Today's ride was: 4.19km at ave 7.2kph
    September total to date: 238kms
    2019 total: 4,307.
    Today's ride summary:
    Mase's 25th ride on his tagalong bike - Mase rode 4.19km by himself - Visited 2 playgrounds - morning ride - sunny 22-24deg 24-46kph SW

    Mase on the see saw.

    Eating our BBQ shapes.

    His bike is living at our place for the moment.

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    Sat 6th Sep - Lands End, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight was the sheer joy of riding.

    I had no time restraints, and left at 9:38am. I only wanted a short 40km ride today, as I have already ridden 188kms since last Monday. The breeze was moderate and building from the North West.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. rode 1 lap then over the bridge at Narrowneck. I continued on to Surfers to my daily photo spot, then continued to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. I didn't see any along the gravel path. As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my 2 bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Broadwater Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Back along the gravel track Southport SLSC then along the Nerang river, past the Southport YC and over the Sundale bridge and back to Cafe Rockpool for a coffee.
    From here, I rode through the Caravan park and didn't see any of my friends, and finally headed back to home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:45.28km at ave 16.5kph
    September total to date: 234kms
    2019 total: 4,303.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - café Rockpool - ride #117 morning ride - sunny - 20-25deg 15-39kph NW

    10:29am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    21.9° 26 - 35kph NW.

    10:29am - at Surfers - looking North.

    10:29am - at Surfers - looking East.

    10:29am - at Surfers - looking South.

    11:09am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    11:09am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

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    Thu 5th Sep - Lands End, Robbie's Cafe, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight was the sheer joy of riding.

    I had no time restraints, and left at 8:00am. I rode my normal route with Robbies' cafe option. The breeze was very light and slowly increasing.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. rode 1 lap then over the bridge at Narrowneck. I continued on to Robbies' cafe beside the Miami Beach SLSC via Broadbeach. Stopped out the front, checked if there was a share table. None to be seen, SO I turned around and headed back to Surfers to my daily photo spot, then continued to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. I didn't see any along the gravel path. As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my 2 bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Broadwater Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Back along the gravel track Southport SLSC then onto MacIntosh Park.
    I stopped at my usual benchseat and 'talked' to Goosey Lucy and his mates. I rode 1 more lap of the Island before heading to Cafe Rockpool, where I had 3 scoops of rum and raisin ice cream. It was YUMMA.
    From here, I stopped at the Caravan park and spoke to some of our friends that still stay there, and finally headed back to home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:61.06km at ave 17.9kph
    September total to date: 61kms
    2019 total: 4,257.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Robbies - Surfers - Spit - café Rockpool - ride #116 morning ride - sunny - 17-25deg 9-20kph N

    8:06am - Taken from Lands End looking towards Southport. See the smoke in the distance.

    8:40am - Taken from Narrowneck looking towards Surfers. See the smoke in the distance.

    9:33am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    20.7° - 9kph NW.

    9:33am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:33am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:33am - at Surfers - looking South.

    10:07am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    10:07am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

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    Wed 4th Sep - Lands End, Robbie's Cafe, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight was just the joy and freedom of riding.

    I had no time restraints today, and left at 7:24am. I rode my normal route with Robbies' cafe option. The breeze was very light and slowly increasing.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. rode 1 lap then over the bridge at Narrowneck. I continued on to Robbies' cafe beside the Miami Beach SLSC via Broadbeach. Stopped out the front, checked if there was a share table. Yep. SO I went and grabbed it. Robbie didn't appear this morning.

    The cafe was about quarter full this morning, then just as I was finishing, 2 road cyclists arrived.

    Left Robbies and headed towards the Spit. I followed the shared path until Albatross Ave and then the on road bike lane to the end of Hedges Ave at Broadbeach, then along the shared path to Old Burleigh Rd where the $1B Jewel highrises are being built. Finally reaching my spot at Surfers, to take my daily 'weather' photos. before heading off to the Spit.

    As I do everytime, I ride the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. I didn't see any along the gravel path. As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my 2 bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Broadwater Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Back along the gravel track to MacIntosh Park.
    I stopped at my usual benchseat and 'talked' to Goosey Lucy and his mates. I rode 1 more lap of the Island before heading to Cafe Rockpool, where I had a coffee.
    The Broadwater Parklands was now cleared of ALL the Gold Coast Show vendors equipment. From here, I stopped at the Caravan park and spoke to some of our friends that still stay there, and finally headed back to home. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:63.69km at ave 18.3kph
    September total to date: 128kms
    2019 total: 4,196.
    Today's ride summary:
    GC - Lands End - GC600 Park - Robbies - Surfers - Spit - café Rockpool - ride #115- morning ride - sunny - 20-29deg 9-33kph N

    8:35am - taken from inside Robbie's Cafe.

    9:15am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    24.8° - 20 - 26kph NW.

    9:15am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:15am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:15am - at Surfers - looking South.

    9:46am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:46am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    11:15am - Coffee at cafe Rockpool.

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    Mon 2nd Sep - Lands End, Robbie's Cafe, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight was talking to Robbie McEwen. He is such a nice, friendly guy.

    I had no time restraints today, and left at 7:05am. I rode my normal route with Robbies' cafe option. The breeze was very light and slowly increasing.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. rode 1 lap then over the bridge at Narrowneck. I continued on to Robbies' cafe beside the Miami Beach SLSC via Broadbeach. Stopped out the front, checked if there was a share table. Yep. SO I went and grabbed it. As I was half way through my coffee, when Robbie rode up and as he walked past me, I spoke to him and he stopped and we chaatted for about 3 minutes before I stopped and thanked him for his time.
    He is a very friendly, nice guy.

    The cafe was about quarter full this morning, then just as I was finishing a group of walkers arrived.

    Left Robbies and took a photo of the beach out the front. As I was riding through Broadbeach, I spotted a 'lizard' sunning itself, so I stopped and tried to photograph it. See below.
    I then headed back to Surfers to take my daily 'weather' photos. I usually take 4 and pick the best one. I didn't stay long and headed off to the Spit. At Narrowneck, I stopped and took a photo of the surf. There were quite a few surfers enjoying the sets coming through.

    Did I say that it was a sensational day. I may have.

    As I do everytime, I ride the gravel Federation Walk track, I keep my eyes open for any wildlife. I didn't see any along the gravel path. As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my 2 bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Broadwater Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Back along the gravel track to MacIntosh Park.
    I stopped at my usual benchseat and 'talked' to Goosey Lucy and his mates. While having a drink I noticed a 'lizard' just on the other side of the fence, so another photo.
    While there, I spoke to Mark, the head park gardener, and asked him when he was retiring. He said "End of the year". This maybe a big problem, because he has a very special 'knack' with the wildlife and I hope that his replacement doesn't stuff up this park. I will be watching closely. I rode 1 more lap of the Island before heading to Cafe Rockpool, where I had 3 scoops of rum and raisin ice cream. It was YUMMA.
    The Broadwater Parklands was still very busy with the remainder of Gold Coast Show vendors packing up their equipment. I still got embarassed when Kamal said "Hi Wayne" over the PA. From here, I stopped at the Caravan park and spoke to some of our friends that still stay there, and finally headed back to home and dibump me past 60kms. Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:63.82km at ave 17.0kph
    September total to date: 63kms
    2019 total: 4,132.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Robbies - Surfers - Spit - café Rockpool - ride #114- morning ride - sunny - 14-24deg 9-22kph NW

    8:35am - taken over the road from Robbie's Cafe.

    Daryl the 'dragon' at Broadbeach just sunning itself.

    Daryl the 'dragon' at Broadbeach just sunning itself.

    9:05am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    19.7° - 19 - 22kph W.

    9:05am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:05am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:05am - at Surfers - looking South.

    9:38am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:38am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    10:23am - Surfs Up at Narrowneck.

    10:23am - Surfs Up at Narrowneck.

    10:37am - Another Daryl at MacIntosh Island.

    11:03am - Rum and Raisin icecream.
    Absolutely YUMMA.

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