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.



    66. Wed 13th May - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 48.27kms.
    65. Mon 11th May - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 47.08kms.
    64. Sun 10th May - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.52kms.
    63. Fri 8th May - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.29kms.
    62. Wed 6th May - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 45.02kms.
    61. Mon 4th May - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.83kms.
    60. Thu 30th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.98kms.
    59. Wed 29th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.95kms.
    58. Mon 27th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.03kms.
    57. Sat 25th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 45.01kms.
    56. Thu 23rd Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.92kms.
    55. Tue 21st Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.40kms.
    54. Mon 20th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.18kms.
    53. Sat 18th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.12kms.
    52. Fri 17th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, PUNCTURE - 21.90kms.
    51. Wed 15th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 28.92kms.
    50. Mon 13th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.12kms.
    49. Sat 11th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.02kms.
    48. Thu 9th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.49kms.
    47. Wed 8th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.42kms.
    46. Mon 6th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.63kms.
    45. Fri 3rd Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.45kms.
    44. Wed 1st Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.77kms.
    43. Mon 30th Mar - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.29kms.
    42. Fri 27th Mar - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.71kms.
    41. Wed 25th Mar - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.75kms.
    40. Mon 23rd Mar - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.25kms.
    39. Sat 21st Mar - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.80kms.
    38. Thu 19th Mar - Lands End, the Spit, Surfers and GC600 Park - 40.71kms.
    37. Thu 27th Feb - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.42kms.
    36. Mon 10th Feb - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 47.92kms.
    35. Wed 5th Feb - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 45.25kms.
    34. Wed 29th Jan - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 40.88kms.
    33. Fri 10th Jan - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, The Spit - 54.63kms.
    32. Wed 8th Jan - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, The Spit - 54.22kms.
    31. Mon 6th Jan - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 50.15kms.
    30. Fri 3rd Jan - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 45.28kms.
    29. Sun 29th Dec - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 53.71kms.
    28. Thu 26th Dec - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 48.70kms.
    27. Mon 23rd Dec - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 48.08kms.
    26. Sun 22nd Dec - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.99kms.
    25. Sat 14th Dec - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.69kms.
    24. Mon 9th Dec - Lands End, GC600 Park, The Spit - 41.13kms.
    23. Sat 30th Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park, The Spit - 40.85kms.
    22. Thu 28th Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 47.74kms.
    21. Sun 24th Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park, The Spit - 36.25kms.
    20. Fri 22nd Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park, The Spit - 38.39kms.
    19. Mon 18th Nov - Playground 'crawl' with Mase. - 12.36kms.
    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.

    Wed 13th May - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 48.27kms

    Today's highlight was: watching the 920m long black plastic pipe slowing being dragged under the Nerang River.

    I left at 7:48am and the breeze was light and variable for the whole ride. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to Southport SLSC, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom. Said "Hi" to Nige and I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade into a light headwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, with a light tailwind.

    I rode along Federation Walk (the gravel track) As the wind was light, the swell was great for surfing and all the beaches were packed with surfers. Rode to the end of the Spit and sat on my rock and ate my banana, I rode twice to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. I stopped and spoke to "Paul" the security guard, guarding the equipment that is laying around after the 920m plastic pipe was dragged over to the Sundale bridge. The workers should be cleaning uop their site over the next week or so.

    I rode back along the gravel path back to Southport SLSC and then along the road to MacIntosh island. Nige was mowing the parkland lawns. While I was relaxing and having a water break, Peter Peacock just wandered over to me. The beauty of MacIntosh island is that the bird life is used to humans. I left Goosey and headed to the Southport YC to watch the workmen drag the pipe to its final position. Headed homeward, with a slight tailwind the whole way. Quite pleasant.

    Another great ride.

    Today's ride was: 48.27km at ave 17.2kph
    May total to date: 273kms
    2020 total: 1,618.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#597) - ride #175 - morning ride - cloudy - 16-22deg 6-17kph Var

    taken on Sundale Bridge shared path.

    taken on Sundale Bridge shared path.

    Sundale Bridge shared path in the background.

    only about 100 meters to go.

    disappearing into the hole, which goes under the Nerang river.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:38am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:38am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:20am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:20am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Peter Peacock just wandered over to say "Hi".

    Pete is very friendly.

    Back to the top.

    Mon 11th May - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 47.08kms

    Today's highlight was: the joy of riding.

    I left at 6:40am and the breeze started blowing a gale from the South and stayed that way for the whole ride. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to Southport SLSC, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom. I rode a lap and a half of the park. Said "Hi" to Nigel the relieving gardener.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade into an awful headwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, with a lovely tailwind. Very nice.

    I rode along Federation Walk (the gravel track) As it was blowing like buggery, the surf was very choppy, consequently, no surfers to be seen. Rode to the end of the Spit and got wet from the waves crashing against the Seawall. I didn't sit on my rock as the spray was covering the seawall. I stood in the lee of the beacon and ate one banana and that was an effort with the wind blowing like buggery. It was 8:05am when I was at the end of the Spit, the BOM at The Spit showed gusts of 43kph. I believe it.
    I rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I rode back along the gravel path back to Southport SLSC and then along the road to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water and watched Goosey Lucy and 11 mates just relaxing. The 13th goose is supposedly sitting on her eggs on their island. I then headed homeward, with a beautiful tailwing the whole way. Very, very pleasant.

    Another great ride.

    Today's ride was: 47.08km at ave 17.0kph
    May total to date: 225kms
    2020 total: 1,570.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#596) - ride #174 - morning ride - sunny - 16-21deg 22-44kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    7:28am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:28am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:28am - at Surfers - looking South.

    8:05am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:05am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Back to the top.

    Sun 10th May - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.52kms

    Today's highlight was: all the mothers out with their families. they were everywhere. It was great to see.

    I left at 7:01am and the breeze was light and variable for the whole ride. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to Southport SLSC, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom. Being Sunday Nige was there for only a 3 hour shift. I rode a lap and a half of the park. Said "Hi" to Nigel the relieving gardener.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade into a light headwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, with a light cross breeze.

    I rode along Federation Walk (the gravel track) As the wind was light, the swell was great for surfing and all the beaches were packed with surfers. Rode to the end of the Spit and sat on my rock and ate my 2 bananas, I rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Being Mother's Day, the Spit carparks and consequently, the neighbouring beaches were chockers.

    I rode back along the gravel path back to Southport SLSC and then along the road to MacIntosh island. Nige had just locked up Goosey Lucy and mates on thier island and was feeding Peter Peacock and mates before he finished his shift. Stopped for some water before heading homeward, with a slight tailwind the whole way. Quite pleasant.

    Another great ride.

    Today's ride was: 43.52km at ave 18.3kph
    May total to date: 178kms
    2020 total: 1,523.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#595) - ride #173 - morning ride - sunny - 16-23deg 0-15kph Var

    The Trimaran in "Bum's Bay" is high and dry at low tide. Obviously, the owner is working on it.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    7:47am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:47am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:47am - at Surfers - looking South.

    8:20am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:20am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Back to the top.

    Fri 8th May - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.29kms

    Today's highlight was: the joy of riding.

    I left at 6:16am and the breeze was light for the whole ride. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to Southport SLSC, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom. I rode a lap and a half of the park. Said "Hi" to Nigel the relieving gardener.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade into a light headwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, with a slight tailwind.

    I rode along Federation Walk (the gravel track) As the wind was light, the swell was great for surfing and all the beaches were packed with surfers. Rode to the end of the Spit and sat on my rock and ate my 2 bananas, I rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I rode back along the gravel path back to Southport SLSC and then along the road to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water and watched Goosey Lucy and 12 mates lazing about on the grass. I then headed homeward, with a slight tailwind the whole way. Quite pleasant.

    Another great ride.

    Today's ride was: 44.29km at ave 17.0kph
    May total to date: 134kms
    2020 total: 1,479.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#594) - ride #172 - morning ride - sunny - 16-23deg 9-13kph SW

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    7:04am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:04am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:04am - at Surfers - looking South.

    7:43am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    7:43am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Back to the top.

    Wed 6th May - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 45.02kms

    Today's highlight was: the joy of riding.

    I left at 6:59am and the breeze started blowing a gale from the South and stayed that way for the whole ride. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to Southport SLSC, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. On the way, I stopped and put on my spray jacket as a small rain squall blew over me. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom. I rode a lap and a half of the park. Said "Hi" to Nigel the relieving gardener.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade into an awful headwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, with a lovely tailwind. Very nice.

    I rode along Federation Walk (the gravel track) As it was blowing like buggery, the surf was very choppy, consequently, no surfers to be seen. Rode to the end of the Spit and got wet from the waves crashing against the Seawall. I didn't sit on my rock as the spray was covering the seawall. I stand in the lee of the beacon and ate one banana and that was an effort with the wind blowing like buggery. It was 8:30am when I was at the end of the Spit, the BOM at The Spit showed gusts of 41kph. I believe it. While at The end of the Spit, I watched a catamaran sail under mainsail only from down South and turn into the seaway.
    I rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I rode back along the gravel path back to Southport SLSC and then along the road to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water and watched Goosey Lucy and 12 mates walk over the bridge about 10meters from their island. I then headed homeward, with a beautiful tailwing the whole way. Very, very pleasant.

    Another great ride.

    Today's ride was: 45.02km at ave 16.0kph
    May total to date: 90kms
    2020 total: 1,435.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#593) - ride #171 - morning ride - cloudy and drizzily - 18-22deg 17-41kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    7:53am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:53am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:53am - at Surfers - looking South.

    8:31am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:31am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    I watched this catamaran approach the seaway.

    The catamaran is called "Lettin' Go".

    The 1.2km long pipe is nearly ready.

    to be towed to the Sundale bridge.

    Back to the top.

    Mon 4th May - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.83kms

    Today's highlight was: the joy of riding.

    I left at 7:44am and the breeze started blowing a gale from the South and stayed that way for the whole ride. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to Southport SLSC, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom. I rode a lap and a half of the park. Said "Hi" to Nigel the relieving gardener.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade into an awful headwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, with a lovely tailwind. Very nice.

    I rode along Seaworld Drive with a lovely tailwind. Passing Seaworld I was sitting in between 25-30kph. Very nice. The carpark was jumping and the surfers were again out in force due to the waves ripped by the wind.
    I sat on my rock at the end of the Spit and ate my 2 bananas then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I rode back along the gravel path back to Southport SLSC and then along the road to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water and as it is a Public Holiday, Goosey Lucy and mates were locked away on their island. I then headed homeward, with a beautiful tailwing the whole way. Very, very pleasant.

    Another great ride.

    Today's ride was: 44.83km at ave 17.2kph
    May total to date: 45kms
    2020 total: 1,390.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#592) - ride #170 - morning ride - sunny - 17-23deg 15-41kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:32am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:32am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:32am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    9:03am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:03am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Back to the top.

    Thu 30th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.98kms

    Today's highlight was: the joy of riding.

    I left at 6:52am and the breeze started off light and stayed that way. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to Southport SLSC, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom. I rode a lap and a half of the park. Said "Hi" to Nigel the relieving gardener.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade with a light tailwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, with a slight headwind. Quite nice.

    I am now back to my normal route. Riding along the gravel track to the Spit. The carpark had at least 100 cars, as all restrictions have been removed.
    Surf was up today and the surfers were here in force.
    I sat on my rock at the end of the Spit and ate my 2 bananas then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I rode back along the gravel path back to Southport SLSC and then along the road to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water and saw Penny Peahen with her 3 peachicks. Goosey Lucy and mates were laying about on the grass. Then headed homeward, just I got to the Sundale Bridge over the Nerang river, the rainsquall that I was watching hit me. Enough to make me stop and put on my spray jacket. After 5 minutes, the sun was back out and hot, so off comes my jacket. I continued on my way home with a very light headwind.

    My new bike is still great.

    Today's ride was: 44.98km at ave 16.9kph
    April total to date: 703kms
    2020 total: 1,345.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#591) - ride #169 - morning ride - cloudy - 19-25deg 11-17kph NW

    New bike with a beautiful background.
    At lands End looking south towards Southport.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    7:41am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:41am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:41am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    8:27am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:27am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    A prawn boat entering the seaway.

    Penny Peahen and her 3 peachicks.

    Goosey Lucy and mates.

    Back to the top.

    Wed 29th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.95kms

    Today's highlight was: Federation Walk is open and the barricades are removed from Seaworld Drive.

    I left at 7:27am and the breeze started off light and stayed that way. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to Southport SLSC, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom. I rode a lap and a half of the park. Said "Hi" to Nigel the relieving gardener.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade with a light headwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, with a slight tailwind. Quite nice.

    I heard on the news that the barricades have been removed, so I thought that I would try riding along the Federation Walk, which is the gravel path that runs from Seaworld to the Seawall inbetween Seaworld Drive and the ocean beach. It was open, so I continued along the gravel path to The Spit. the carpark had at least 100 cars, as all restrictions have been removed.
    I gave up counting the surfers and fishermen, as both groups were out in force.
    I sat on my rock at the end of the Spit and ate my 2 bananas then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I rode back along the gravel path back to Southport SLSC and then along the road to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates were laying about on the grass and Lizzy was also out in the open. Then I rode home with a very light tailwind.

    My new bike is still great.

    Today's ride was: 44.95km at ave 16.9kph
    April total to date: 658kms
    2020 total: 1,300.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#590) - ride #168 - morning ride - cloudy - 19-25deg 9-17kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:19am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:19am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:19am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    8:59am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:59am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Lizzy just lazing in the sun.

    Lizzy just lazing in the sun.

    Back to the top.

    Mon 27th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.03kms

    Today's highlight was riding my NEW bike - Giant Talon 3 29er. Magic.

    I left at 7:30am and the breeze started off light and stayed that way. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to The Spit back to MacIntosh island, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade with a light headwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, with a slight headwind. Quite nice.

    I turned onto Seaworld Drive at the roundabout opposite the Southport YC. The road is still blocked just past the Muriel Henchman Park. As I rode past the Gold Coast Fish Co-Op, the queue was non existent. I passed Seaworld (still closed), arrived at the barricade. The traffic controllers were talking to each other. I said "Hi" as I rode through their barricade. One of them remembered me.
    I continued to the Spit. During my Spit ride, I saw a 5 surfers and 2 fishermen, the surf was very small.
    I sat on my rock at the end of the Spit and ate my 2 bananas then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Spoke to my security mate.

    As I slowly rode along the (empty of cars) Seaworld Drive, I didn't stop at the barricade as the Traffic controllers were talking to a car driver.

    I continued back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates were laying about on the grass. Then I rode home with a very light tailwind.

    My new bike is great. I have shifted my bell and my seat. Everything works beautifully.

    Today's ride was: 44.03km at ave 16.6kph
    April total to date: 613kms
    2020 total: 1,255.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#589) - ride #167 - morning ride - sunny - 19-25deg 9-19kph Var

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:19am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:19am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:19am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    9:00am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:00am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Back to the top.

    Sat 25th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 45.01kms

    Today's highlight was riding my NEW bike - Giant Talon 3 29er. Magic.

    I left at 8:01am and the breeze started off light and stayed that way. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to The Spit back to MacIntosh island, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    I picked it up yesterday and rode it around our basement carpark and altered a couple of things for today's normal ride.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom from their island until approx 10am then they are locked up for the day. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade with a light headwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, with a slight tailwind. Quite nice.

    I turned onto Seaworld Drive at the roundabout opposite the Southport YC. The road is still blocked just past the Muriel Henchman Park. As I rode past the Gold Coast Fish Co-Op, the queue was non existent. I passed Seaworld (still closed), arrived at the barricade. The traffic controllers were talking to each other. I said "Hi" as I rode through their barricade. One of them remembered me.
    I continued to the Spit. During my Spit ride, I saw a 4 surfers and 7 fishermen, as the surf on South Straddy, the guys said was small and clean.
    I sat on my rock at the end of the Spit and ate my 2 bananas then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. My security mate was not there today.

    As I slowly rode along the (empty of cars) Seaworld Drive, I didn't stop at the barricade as the Traffic controllers were talking to a car driver.

    I continued back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates walk out of the water and onto their island. They were safely locked away for the day and will be let out tomorrow for about 4 hours, unlike the weekdays when they are out all day. Then I rode home with a very light tailwind.

    My new bike is great. I have to shift my bell and my seat needs to go up about an inch. But everything else works beautifully.

    Back in my basement, I did the adjustemnets and test rode it around the basement. All good. Ready for Monday's ride.

    Today's ride was: 45.01km at ave 17.2kph
    April total to date: 569kms
    2020 total: 1,211.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#588) - ride #166 - morning ride - sunny - 21-27deg 7-19kph S

    My new bike - Giant Talon 3 29er.

    My new bike - Giant Talon 3 29er.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:49am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:49am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:49am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    9:20am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:20am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Back to the top.

    Thu 23rd Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.92kms

    Today's highlight was STILL riding my normal route without any Bike dramas. Simply Brilliant.

    I left at 6:38am and the breeze started off light and stayed that way. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to The Spit back to MacIntosh island, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    Still riding my 2015 Giant Boulder Mountain Bike, can't wait for new 29er to arrive.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom from their island. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade with a light headwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, pushing into a light Northerly.

    I turned onto Seaworld Drive at the roundabout opposite the Southport YC. The road is still blocked just past the Muriel Henchman Park. As I rode past the Gold Coast Fish Co-Op, the queue was non existent. I passed Seaworld (still closed), arrived at the barricade. The traffic controllers were talking to each other. I said "Hi" as I rode through their barricade.
    I continued to the Spit. During my Spit ride, I saw 2 surfers and 3 fishermen, as the surf on South Straddy, the guys said was still good and clean.
    I sat on my rock at the end of the Spit and ate my 2 bananas then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Stopped and spoke to my mate, the security officer in charge of the gates for the recycling works that are happening on Moondarewa Spit.

    As I slowly rode along the (empty of cars) Seaworld Drive, I didn't stop at the barricade as the Traffic controllers were talking to a car driver.

    I continued back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates enjoying their weekday freedom. Spoke to Nigel who is the relieving gardener as Mark is still on leave. Then I rode home with a very light tailwind.

    Today was another brilliant ride with NO BIKE DRAMAS. YIPPEE....

    Today's ride was: 42.92km at ave 16.6kph
    April total to date: 524kms
    2020 total: 1,166.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#587) - ride #165 - morning ride - sunny - 18-26deg 9-17kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    7:29am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:29am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:29am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    8:00am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:00am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Back to the top.

    Tue 21st Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.40kms

    Today's highlight was STILL riding my normal route without any Bike dramas. Simply Brilliant.

    I left at 7:41am and the breeze started off light and stayed that way. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to The Spit back to MacIntosh island, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    Still riding my 2015 Giant Boulder Mountain Bike, can't wait for new 29er to arrive.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom from their island. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade with a light headwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. The Surfers Paradise beach is NOW OPEN as at midday yesterday. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, pushing into a light Northerly.

    I turned onto Seaworld Drive at the roundabout opposite the Southport YC. The road is blocked just past the Muriel Henchman Park. As I rode past the Gold Coast Fish Co-Op, the queue was non existent. I passed Seaworld (still closed), arrived at the barricade. The traffic controllers were talking to each other. I said "Hi" as I rode through their barricade.
    I continued to the Spit. During my Spit ride, I saw heaps of surfers and 5 fishermen, as the surf on South Straddy, the guys said was excellent.
    I sat on my rock at the end of the Spit and ate my 2 bananas then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Stopped and spoke to my mate, the security officer in charge of the gates for the recycling works that are happening on Moondarewa Spit.

    As I slowly rode along the (empty of cars) Seaworld Drive, I didn't stop at the barricade as the Traffic controllers were talking to a car driver.

    I continued back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates enjoying their weekday freedom. Then I rode home with a very light tailwind.

    Today was another brilliant ride with NO BIKE DRAMAS. YIPPEE....

    Today's ride was: 42.40km at ave 16.6kph
    April total to date: 481kms
    2020 total: 1,123.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#586) - ride #164 - morning ride - sunny - 19-25deg 4-13kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:39am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:39am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:39am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

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

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

    This guy is waiting for the tide to go out, so he could work on the hull.

    Back to the top.

    Mon 20th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.18kms

    Today's highlight was riding my normal route without any Bike dramas. Simply Brilliant.

    I left at 7:34am and the breeze started off light and stayed that way. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to The Spit back to MacIntosh island, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    Still riding my 2015 Giant Boulder Mountain Bike, can't wait for new 29er to arrive.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were quiet and enjoying their freedom from their island. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade with a pleasant light tailwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. The Surfers Paradise beach is still closed. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, pushing into a light Northerly.

    I turned onto Seaworld Drive at the roundabout opposite the Southport YC. The road is blocked just past the Muriel Henchman Park. As I rode past the Gold Coast Fish Co-Op, the queue was non existent. I passed Seaworld (still closed), arrived at the barricade. The traffic controllers were talking to each other. I said "Hi" as I rode through their barricade.
    I continued to the Spit. During my Spit ride, I saw 11 surfers and 2 fishermen, as the surf was very small today.
    I sat on my rock at the end of the Spit and ate my 2 bananas then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Stopped and spoke to the security officer in charge of the gates for the recycling works that are happening on Moondarewa Spit. He said that I was the only person that has stopped and spoken to him. That's me.

    As I slowly rode along the (empty of cars) Seaworld Drive, I stopped at the barricade and spoke to the Traffic controllers, they said the barricade has been so successful, the council is keeping it there for a few more weeks. Originally, it was meant to be removed on Easter Tuesday.

    I continued back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates enjoying their weekday freedom. Then I rode home into a very light headwind.

    Today was another brilliant ride with NO BIKE DRAMAS. YIPPEE....

    Today's ride was: 43.18km at ave 16.7kph
    April total to date: 439kms
    2020 total: 1,081.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#585) - ride #163 - morning ride - sunny - 17-24deg 0-11kph Var

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:28am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:28am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:28am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    9:05am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:05am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    The boats in Bum's Bay (bewteen Seaworld Drive and Moondarewa Spit).

    Back to the top.

    Sat 18th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.12kms

    Today's highlight was riding my normal route without any Bike dramas. Simply Brilliant.

    I left at 8:57am and the breeze started off light and stayed that way. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to The Spit back to MacIntosh island, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    Today I am riding my 2015 Giant Boulder Mountain Bike. After yesterday's puncture I bought a new rear tyre and 3 tubes. There must be sort of fatso riding this bike. (I have put on a couple of kgs, but I am still a trim, taut 127kgs, well maybe not that trim or taut these days).

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were absolutely pissed off, as they were still locked on their island. It appears that they had not been let out. Usually on the weekend they are let out for about 4 hours but today, it doesn't appear that the weekend gardener has let them out and they are telling the world. Very noisy. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade with a pleasant light tailwind, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. The Surfers Paradise beach is still closed. There were 2 guys standing where I take my photos, so they are in today's photo. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, pushing into a light Northerly.

    I turned onto Seaworld Drive at the roundabout opposite the Southport YC. The road is blocked just past the Muriel Henchman Park. As I rode past the Gold Coast Fish Co-Op, the queue was non existent. I passed Seaworld (still closed), arrived at the barricade. The traffic controllers were talking to each other. I said "Hi" as I rode through their barricade.
    I continued to the Spit. There were a few surfers, but more fishermen walking along the closed road carrying their boards and rods. The surf was very small today, I counted 3 surfers between the Spit Seawall and the sand pumping pier and about 5 surfers across at South Straddy. There were more fishermen spread out along the seawall and the Moondarewa Spit beaches.
    I sat on my rock at the end of the Spit and ate my 2 bananas then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Stopped and spoke to the security officer in charge of the gates for the recycling works that are happening on Moondarewa Spit.

    As I slowly rode along the (empty of cars) Seaworld Drive, I stopped at the barricade and spoke to the Traffic controllers, they said the barricade has been so successful, the council is keeping it there for a few more weeks. Originally, it was meant to be removed on Easter Tuesday.

    A 2nd highlight of today's ride happened while talking to the Traffic Controllers. A Learner driver entered the roundabout and as she drove past our section of the roundabout, you could see that her father was definitely on his mobile. Next second, while still in the roundabout she drove into a traffic pole on the grass verge. The three of us were absolutely stuffed as how she did it. But she did it. No damage to people or car but the sign is now leaning at 45degs. Amazing!!!!

    I continued back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates were still at their gate and obviously, not happy and still very vocal. I tried to explain to them, that it was Saturday and that it appears that they will not be let out today. They seemed happier but still very vocal. I can only do so much. Then I rode home into a bearable, light headwind.
    Today was a brilliant ride with NO BIKE DRAMAS. YIPPEE....

    Today's ride was: 42.12km at ave 16.5kph
    April total to date: 396kms
    2020 total: 1,037.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#584) - ride #162 - morning ride - overcast - 24-26deg 7-13kph N

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    9:49am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:49am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:49am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    10:27am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    10:27am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    11:16am - An unhappy Goosey Lucy and mates.

    Back to the top.

    Fri 17th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, PUNCTURE - 21.90kms

    Today was a mirror image of yesterday, as in I had bike dramas - A PUNCTURE.

    I left at 7:46am and the breeze was a medium North Westerly. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road for nearly the whole ride.

    Today I am riding my 2015 Giant Boulder Mountain Bike. Lukey borrowed it 2 weeks ago rode it for 3kms and got a puncture. I picked up the bike on Wednesday after my 29er went to God. I replaced the rear tube, pumped it up to 45psi, checked it on Thursday, No probs, checked this morning just prior to today's ride, no probs. So off I go.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued on the road down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade, and just before Cavill Ave, I thought the rear tyre was feeling soft. SHIT!!! Another bloody puncture.. I upended the bike in the shadow of a shelter beside the shared path. Replaced the tube and thought stuff this. I am now heading straight home the shortest distance.
    Got home, no more dramas. Checked out the tyre and it is the original, so after showering, I drove to 99Bikes and bought a new tyre and 3 tubes. I didn't have a choice of tyres, so got the same brand and model. Got home, put on the new tyre and tube. Test rode it in our basement carpark. All good.
    Plan to ride tomorrow, if the tyre is still up.

    Wish me luck.

    Today's ride was: 21.9km at ave 14.3kph
    April total to date: 354kms
    2020 total: 995.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - PUNCTURE-HOME- ride #161 - morning ride - sunny - 21-26deg 17-32kph NW

    No Photos today

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    Wed 15th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 28.92kms

    Today was a mirror image of yesterday, except I suffered unrideable damage when my rear derailleur snapped in 2. Unreal.

    I left at 7:29am and the breeze started off light and slowly increased to gusts of 20kph. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road for nearly the whole ride.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued on the road down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. The Surfers Paradise beach is still closed. I asked the lifesavers what the rules are: walking is Ok but swimming and sunbaking is NOT allowed. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, being pushed by a light to medium Southerly.

    I turned onto Seaworld Drive at the roundabout opposite the Southport YC. I know that the road is barricaded at the Muriel Henchman Park. As I rode past the Gold Coast Fish Co-Op there was no queue. There were about 5 peolpe standing around. I passed Seaworld (still closed), arrived at the barricade. The traffic controllers were sitting, passing the time.
    I rode through the barricade and continued to the Spit. There were no surfers as the surf was no good.
    I sat on my rock at the end of the Spit and ate my 2 bananas then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), watched the workers unload a bit of machinery for the recycled water project. As I turned around and slowly rode back my BLOODY DERAILLEUR broke and went into the spokes breaking 2 spokes. Lucky, I wasn't going faster.
    Naturally, I stopped and looked at the mess. My bike was unrideable, SO what do I do. I had a cabletie in my saddlebag and tied the derailleur up out of the way. I took the chain off the front cluster and lowered my seat so I could roll and use my feet to propel me along. I messaged Marg that I had bike troubles and then started my 10km roll home. I had just gone through the barricadee when Marg rang and suggested that she come in Spotto (Hyundai Accent) and that I lock my bike up and then go home and come back in my Dual Cab Ute. Great idea. We agreed to met at Seaworld carpark. I got there, spoke to the security guard who allowed me to lock my bike up there.

    We drove home and I returned in my Ute, thanked the guard for allowing me to leave my bike there and drove straight to Gold Coast cycles and they will ring me with a quote. I left there and drove to my youngest son's house and picked up my 2nd MTB as he isn't using it.
    So that was my ride. A real prick of a day.

    This will go down as one of my bad days.

    Today's ride was: 28.92km at ave 16.9kph
    April total to date: 332kms
    2020 total: 973.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#583) - ride #160 - morning ride - sunny - 20-26deg 11-22kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:16am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:16am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:16am - at Surfers - looking South.

    The humans are allowed to walk along the beach BUT NOT swim or sunbake or play.

    8:45am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:45am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Unloading the machinery.

    Unloading the machinery.

    Sitting under the monorail at Seaworld, waiting for Marg to pick me up.

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    Mon 13th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.12kms

    Today was a mirror image of yesterday, except it was a Southerly.. SO nearly identical.

    I left at 7:39am and the breeze started off light and slowly increased to gusts of 20kph. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road for nearly the whole ride.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued on the road down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. The Surfers Paradise beach is still closed. I asked the lifesavers what the rules are: walking is Ok but swimming and sunbaking is NOT allowed. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, being pushed by a light to medium Southerly.

    I turned onto Seaworld Drive at the roundabout opposite the Southport YC. I know that the road is barricaded at the Muriel Henchman Park. As I rode past the Gold Coast Fish Co-Op the queue was about 50 meters long. There were bugger all in the queue, maybe 20 people. I passed Seaworld (still closed), arrived at the barricade. The traffic controllers were sitting, passing the time.
    I rode through the barricade and continued to the Spit. There were some surfers walking along the closed road carrying their boards. It was 1.6kms from where they parked their car to the Seawall and another 800 meters to the end of The Spit, where they enter the seaway to paddle across to South Straddy Island. Today the TOS (Top of the Spit) had one of the best surf breaks. Hence why there were so many surfers.
    I sat on my rock at the end of the Spit and ate my 2 bananas then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. The abandoned van that I saw in the empty carpark on Saturday has disappeared.

    As I slowly rode along the (empty of cars) Seaworld Drive, I spoke to the surfers as they walked the 1.6km back to their cars. I asked if their effort was worth it and the unamimous answer was that the surf was great. They walked to the seaway without knowing if the surf was good or bad. That is keen.

    I stopped at the barricade and spoke to the Traffic controllers, they said the barricade should be pulled down tomorrow. I will believe that when I see it.

    I continued back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates still enjoying life. Then I rode home with a beautiful tailwind.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 43.02km at ave 16.9kph
    April total to date: 303kms
    2020 total: 944.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#582) - ride #159 - morning ride - sunny - 18-25deg 9-20kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:28am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:28am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:28am - at Surfers - looking South.

    The humans are allowed to walk along the beach BUT NOT swim or sunbake or play.

    9:04am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:04am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    There were over 20 boaties fishing in the seaway this morning.

    9:04am - A pano of The Spit.

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    Sat 11th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.02kms

    Today was a mirror image of yesterday, except it was light to medium North Westerly.. SO nearly identical.

    I left at 7:12am and the breeze started off light and slowly increased to gusts of 32kph. Due to the number of walkers on the shared path, I rode on the road from MacIntosh island to Surfers to The Spit back to MacIntosh island, the rest of my ride is on less populated shared paths.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade with a pleasant tailwind pushing me, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. The Surfers Paradise beach is still closed. The seagulls outnumber the humans. I saw about 5 people walking on the beach. I don't think that they are allowed to walk along the water's edge. I headed off to the Spit along the Esplanade, pushing into a building North Westerly.

    I turned onto Seaworld Drive at the roundabout opposite the Southport YC. I heard on the news that the road is blocked just past the Muriel Henchman Park. As I rode past the Gold Coast Fish Co-Op the queue was at least 150 meters long. Unbelieveable at 7:45am. I passed Seaworld (still closed), arrived at the barricade. The traffic controllers were talking to a dog in the passenger window. It was a beautiful Labrador and the lady was patting it and saying that his owner can't take him to the dog beach as it is closed caused by a virus. I think the Lab understood.
    I rode through the barricade and continued to the Spit. There were some surfers walking along the closed road carrying their boards. It was 1.6kms from where they parked their car to the Seawall and another 800 meters to the end of The Spit, where they enter the seaway to paddle across to South Straddy Island. Today the TOS (Top of the Spit) had one of the best surf breaks. Hence why there were so many surfers.
    I sat on my rock at the end of the Spit and ate my 2 bananas then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa), back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Stopped and took a photo of an empty carpark, except for what appears to be an abandoned van.

    As I slowly rode along the (empty of cars) Seaworld Drive, I spoke to the surfers as they walked the 1.6km back to their cars. I asked if their effort was worth it and the unamimous answer was that the surf was great. They walked to the seaway without knowing if the surf was good or bad. That is keen.

    Stopped at the barricade and spoke to the Traffic controllers, they said the barricade is only up for Easter and then will be taken down. I will believe that when I see it.

    I continued back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates still enjoying life. Then I rode home with a beautiful tailwind.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 43.02km at ave 16.9kph
    April total to date: 260kms
    2020 total: 901.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#581) - ride #158 - morning ride - sunny - 20-25deg 9-32kph NW

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    7:59am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:59am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:59am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

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

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

    The 4 surfers paddling across the seaway to reach the TOS surf spot on Sth Straddy Is.

    The 4 surfers paddling across the seaway to reach the TOS surf spot on Sth Straddy Is.

    9:01am - The Spit - closed off carpark.

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    Thu 9th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.49kms

    Today was a mirror image of yesterday.

    I left at 6:42am and the breeze started off blowing and increased from the South.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I am worried that the Police may question me about riding, so today I thought that I would the majority of the time riding on the road.

    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. The Surfers Paradise beach is now closed. I saw aabout 5 people walking on the beach. With the beautiful Southerly at my back, I cruised towards The Spit along the roads.

    I turned onto Seaworld Drive at the roundabout opposite the Southport YC. I expected to see a roadblock somewhere along the Seaworld Drive. BUT to my surprise there were no roadblocks for the entire length of Seaworld Drive. I did notice that every path going from Seaworld Drive to the beach have had additinal barricades and now you cannot get a bike over or around them. Bastards.. I also noticed that the entrance that I used yesterday to ride the Federation Walk is now completely barricaded.
    The only way now to The Spit is by riding Seaworld Drive, which I rode. As I entered the carparks at the Spit, I counted a monstrous total of 5 cars. Yep 5 cars. I rode out to the end of The Spit. There weren't any signs stopping you from walking or riding to the end of The Spit. There were signs all over the beach saying "Beach Closed".
    It was still blowing too hard and the spray was still wetting everything at the end, so I didn't stop for too long. Just took the photos and then rode to the other Spit (Moondarewa Spit). I was the only human, then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I finally sat on the seawall and ate my bananas before heading back along Seaworld Dve. As I left, the carpark had swollen to maybe 10 cars. Continuing on, along Seaworld Dve, I passed a few cars heading to the Spit. There are still no barricaeds and no signs of any happening soon along Seaworld Drive.
    I continued back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates still enjoying life. Then I rode home with a beautiful tailwind.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 42.49km at ave 16.6kph
    April total to date: 217kms
    2020 total: 858.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#580) - ride #157 - morning ride - sunny - 21-27deg 30-43kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    7:39am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:39am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:39am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans - about 5.

    8:07am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:07am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    The Spit - closed off carpark.

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    Wed 8th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.42kms

    Today's Highlight, was checking out what the council had closed.

    I left at 7:08am and the breeze started off blowing and increased from the South.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. The Surfers Paradise beach is now closed. I photographed the barricaded entrances to the beach. With the beautiful Southerly at my back, I cruised towards The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, Well NOT TODAY. The council have barricaded the Federation Walk entrance. BUT not to be outsmarted there was another entrance from The Philp Park carpark, so I rode there and sure enough it was open, so I continued on my merry way to The Spit. Every path that led to the beach was barricaded with a sign saying "BEACH CLOSED". I continued unimpeded to the Sand Pumping Pier where I have to stop and walk under the pier due to the very soft, loose sand. Continued to the Seawall about 50 meters on from the pier.
    PROBLEM BIG TIME: They have barricaded the exit of the Federation Walk with a 1 meter high obstacle. SHIT... I am trapped. Problem solved I lifted my bike over the obstacle and then I climbed over it which nearly killed me. I am carrying quiet a few kgs more than the last time I climbed over a fence. :) Continued out to the end of The Spit, but it was too windy and wet from the spray to sit and eat my bananas, so I rode the length of the inshore Spit (Moondarewa Spit). I was the only cyclist and a few walkers, then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I finally sat on the seawall and ate my bananas before heading back along Seaworld Dve to see where the council had barricaded the road. There were about 20 cars in the section of the carpark that wasn't blocked off. I stopped and took a photo of the barricaded carpark. Continuing on, along Seaworld Dve, I passed a few cars heading to the Spit. I expected the road to be blocked at Seaworld theme Park, as there is a big roundabout there and it makes sense to block it there. As I rode along I took note of the paths leading to the Beach, there were 2 that I could easily ride along for next time I ride Federation Walk, if it isn't completely blocked off. Anyway as I approached Seaworld, there was no barricades, so I expected one at Marina Mirage - NOPE. As it turned out there are currently no barriacdes along Seaworld Dve, so any motorist could easily drive to the Spit. I will check this out tomorrow, if I ride.
    I continued back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates still enjoying life. Then I rode home with a beautiful tailwind.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 42.42km at ave 15.7kph
    April total to date: 174kms
    2020 total: 816.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#579) - ride #156 - morning ride - sunny - 21-26deg 30-41kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    The barricaded entrances to Surfers Paradise beach.

    8:00am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:00am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:00am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    8:34am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:34am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    The Spit - closed off carpark.

    The Spit - closed off carpark.

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    Mon 6th Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.63kms

    Today's Highlight, was just the joy of riding and getting out of the apartment, also seeing all the LOCKED gates at The Spit.

    I left at 8:02am and the breeze was non exist and the Broadwater was glassy.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point, admired the glassy Broadwater, as I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. There were more cyclists out than usual, as in families etc on the shared path. Surfers Paradise beach is closing at midnight Tuesday 7th April. Not a good decision. It is on the weekends that the crowds are shit and during the week they are ok. My homeless guys and gal are still living in the shelter about 15 meters away from my spot. I saw Bubbles (my homeless guy who wears a bikini) this morning laying beside one of the bench seats. He was wearing a G string with no bra today. I am so tempted to photograph him, but I am too chicken to do it.

    I retraced part of the route and head 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 continued to the end of the seaward Spit. I sat on my rock and ate a cool X bun, it was YUMMA, I then rode to the Moondarewa Spit, at the end of this Spit, turned around and headed back and around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. The carpark was about quarter full (about 70 cars) and most were surfers as the surf was good today. There are 4 gates which are closed each night at 8pm to keep the overnighters out. These gates are now closed all day.
    Update as at 5:00pm today. Seaworld dve will be blocked off at Seaworld, so you cannot drive to The Spit at all.

    Continued back along Seaworld Dve, rode past Seaworld and turned into Philp Park, which now is barricaded to cars and then along the shared path, past Southport SLSC and continued to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates were happily feeding on the grass.

    I continued directly homeward, don't stop at cafe Rockpool anymore, today they were open and then didn't ride through the caravan park.

    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 43.63km at ave 16.1kph
    April total to date: 132kms
    2020 total: 773.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#578) - ride #155 - morning ride - sunny - 22-26deg 0-22kph Var

    8:52am - At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.
    On the right of the photo, that's the homeless guys shelter.

    8:52am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:52am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:52am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    9:25am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:25am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    The start of the Moondarewa Spit.

    Looking back to the start of the Moondarewa Spit.

    The main Spit carpark.

    Another locked gate at The Spit.

    Philp Park is barricaded as well.

    Goosey Lucy and mates.

    Back to the top.

    Fri 3rd Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.45kms

    Today's Highlight, was just the joy of riding with no breeze, for awhile.

    I left at 7:17am and the breeze was non exist and the Broadwater was glassy.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point, stopped and took a photo of the Broadwater looking towards Southport. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were still locked up, as Mark is on leave and his replacement didn't let Goosey Lucy and mates out until 8am and they weren't happy. I stopped and watched him let them out and they were extremely loud. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. There were still not many people out walking but Surfers Paradise beach is still open and there were next to none on the beach. In the shelter just past me, there were about 8 homeless people living there. Well, they slept there last night. Then I retraced part of the route and headed 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 continued to the end of the seaward Spit. I sat on my rock and ate a cool X bun, it was YUMMA, I then rode to the Moondarewa Spit, at the end of this Spit, turned around and headed back and around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. The carpark was half full (about 150 cars) and most were surfers as the surf was good today.

    Continued back along Seaworld Dve, rode past Seaworld and turned into Philp Park and then along the shared path, past Southport SLSC and continued to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates were happily feeding on the grass.

    I continued directly homeward, didn't stop at cafe Rockpool, today they were open and then didn't ride through the caravan park.

    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 44.45km at ave 16.8kph
    April total to date: 88kms
    2020 total: 730.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - ride #154 - morning ride - sunny - 22-29deg 11-24kph N

    7:25am - A beautiful, glassy Broadwater.

    8:12am - At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.
    On the right of the photo, that's the homeless guys shelter.

    8:12am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:12am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:12am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    8:46am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:46am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    The surfers were out in force.

    The surfers were out in force.

    Goosey Lucy and mates.

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    Wed 1st Apr - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.77kms

    Today's Highlight, was just the joy of riding.

    I left at 8:14am and the breeze started off blowing and increased from the South.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. There were nearly zero people on Surfers Paradise beach and then photographed the shared path. Then I retraced part of the route and headed 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    Continued back along Seaworld Dve, and then to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates still enjoying life. Due to the virus, I have stopped having a coffee. As I rode past cafe Rockpool, I noticed that they were open, obviously for takeaways only. Continued back to home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 43.77km at ave 16.7kph
    April total to date: 44kms
    2020 total: 706.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - ride #153 - morning ride - sunny - 22-28deg 17-37kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    9:08am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:08am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:08am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    9:09am - Looking along the shared path towards Cavill Ave.

    9:09am - Looking along the shared path southwards away from Cavill Ave.

    9:47am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:47am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Goosey Lucy and mates - just chillin'.

    Back to the top.

    Mon 30th Mar - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.29kms

    Today's Highlight, was just the joy of riding with no breeze, for awhile.

    I left at 7:44am and the breeze was non exist and the Broadwater was glassy.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point, stopped and took a photo of the Broadwater looking towards Southport. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. There were still not many people out walking but Surfers Paradise beach even though it was open there were next to none on the beach. In the shelter just past me, there were about 8 homeless people living there. Well, they slept there last night. Then I retraced part of the route and headed 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 continued to the end of both Spits. At the end of the Spit there were 2 old farts with 2 grandkids. As I stopped the lady said "Hi Wayne". It was Paat who also rides. She and her husbandd were minding the 2 and 7 year olds. After sitting on my rock and eating my 2 bananas (they were YUMMA), I then rode to the Moondarewa Spit, at the end of this Spit, turned around and headed back and around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. The carpark was nearly empty..

    Continued back along Seaworld Dve, rode past Seaworld and saw that the carparks had just the employees cars only. I continued to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates being fed by a man in a wheelchair and his carer. Goosey Lucy and mates were very well behaved for the disabled guy.

    I continued directly homeward, didn't stop at cafe Rockpool, as expected, they are now closed.

    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 44.29km at ave 16.5kph
    March total to date: 259kms
    2020 total: 642.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - ride #152 - morning ride - sunny - 21-27deg 0-15kph Var

    7:51am - A beautiful, glassy Broadwater.

    8:37am - At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.
    On the right of the photo, that's the homeless guys shelter.

    8:37am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:37am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:37am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    9:24am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:24am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Peter Peacock just wandered up to me.

    Goosey Lucy and mates, just chillin' after being fed.

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    Fri 27th Mar - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.71kms

    Today's Highlight, was riding in the rain for a short time.

    I woke and went to Coles at 7am for the old farts shopping and then back home and left at 7:58am and the breeze was back blowing like shit for the whole ride.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. There were not many people out walking but Surfers Paradise beach even though it was open there were next to none on the beach. As I rode past Cavill Ave mall, I spotted a few people in the Mall. Then I retraced part of the route and headed to The Spit.

    There was a rain squall approaching from the South. Will it catch me before I reach 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 continued to the end of both Spits. It was windy and the rain got me as I rode out along the Spit. At the end of The Spit, I hid behind the beacon and put on my wet weather jacket. I rode to the Moondarewa Spit where I sat under a tree. The rain squall finished and the sun broke through the clouds enough that I had to take off my jacket.
    I rode to the end of this Spit and then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. The carpark was nearly empty, as the weather was shit and the surf was crap, so there were bugger all about.

    Continued back along Seaworld Dve, rode past Seaworld and saw that the carparks had just the employees cars only. I continued to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates being fed by a family with 2 young kids.

    I continued directly homeward, didn't stop at cafe Rockpool, I expect them to close soon as there were no customers there, including me.

    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 43.71km at ave 15.5kph
    March total to date: 215kms
    2020 total: 597.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - ride #151 - morning ride - drizzly - 22.24deg 28-48kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:51am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:51am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:51am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    I was being chased by a rain squall......
    It caught me at the Spit.

    9:27am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.
    Normal except that Surfers is hidden by a rain squall.

    9:27am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.
    Strange there was only ONE silly dick on The Spit........ME!!

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    Wed 25th Mar - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 42.75kms

    Today's Highlight, was the drizzle at the start and beautiful sunshine at the finish.

    I woke all refreshed at 5:30am so I left at 6:28am and the breeze was gentle for the whole ride.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. There were more people out walking than on Monday but Surfers Paradise beach even though it was open there were next to none on the beach. As I rode past Cavill Ave mall, I spotted 2 people in the Mall. Then I retraced part of the route and headed 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate 2 cold cross buns as I forgot to buy my bananas.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. The carpark was less than 1/4 full manily due to the surf at The Spit. The sets were coming in beautiful and the surfers were out in force.

    Continued back along Seaworld Dve, rode past Seaworld and saw that the carparks appeared less than on Monday. I continued to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates being fed by a local. SO I spoke to him, he comes to their park every couple of days and feeds them. The birds consisted of Goosey Lucy and mates, Peter Peacock, Ian Ibis, War waterhen, Wally pigeons and seagulls. While I sat and watched him feed the birds. It was obvious what the 'pecking order' was. Goosey Lucy and mates were definitely top and seagulls were bottom. Goosey Lucy nearly ate a seagull. It was on for young and old.

    I continued directly homeward, didn't stop at cafe Rockpool, I expect them to close soon as there were no customers there, including me.

    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 42.75km at ave 16.6kph
    March total to date: 171kms
    2020 total: 554.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - ride #150 - morning ride - drizzly - 19-25deg 7-15kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    7:15am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:15am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:15am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    7:47am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    7:47am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    The birds getting fed by a local.

    Peter Peacock came and joined the feeding frenzy.

    My 2nd selfie ever taken. - Handsome brute. (next selfie, I might remember to smile.)

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    Mon 23rd Mar - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 44.25kms

    Today's Highlight, was the bloody wind. It didn't drop below 39kph and gusted to 56kph. An absolute prick to ride into BUT ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT RIDING WITH IT.

    I left at 8:24am and the breeze started off blowing a gale and increased from the South East.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were out and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. There were nearly zero people on Surfers Paradise beach and then photographed Cavill Ave mall, I spotted 6 people in the Mall. The virus is taking hold. Then I retraced part of the route and headed 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my bananas. They were YUMMA. I put my sunnies is my cycling jersey and the bloody wind blew them out onto the ground and then before I could get them, blew them down in the water. GONE. Bastard. The wind was gale force.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Stopped and checked out the carpark. Saturday there were still over 300 cars parked in the carpark at the end of The Spit, Today there were 26 cars parked. A bit of a difference from saturday. Reasons: The surf was shit... No surfers. Blowing like buggery about 3 dogs on the dogs off leash beach.

    Continued back along Seaworld Dve, rode into Seaworld and saw the signs "Seaworld closed U.F.N." I took a few photos. The cars are Seaworld's employees. The animals still have to be fed and looked after etc. I continued to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy and mates still enjoying life. Due to the virus, I have stopped having a coffee. I am thinking that I could get a takeaway coffee and sit on the grass in the shade and look out over the Broadwater while drinking my coffee. Food for thought.

    Continuning homeward, So I did a lap of 'our' caravan park, it is near empty. Continued back to home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 44.25km at ave 15.1kph
    March total to date: 128kms
    2020 total: 511.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - ride #149 - morning ride - overcast - 25-27deg 39-56kph SE

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    9:19am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:19am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:19am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Count the humans.

    9:20am - The shared path opposite Cavill Ave.

    9:21am - Cavill Ave Mall - nearly empty.

    9:54am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:54am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    The carpark was nearly empty at The Spit.

    Seaworld from their main entrance. Only the security guy and a cameraman.

    Taken from the far corner of the Seaworld carpark.

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    Sat 21st Mar - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit - 43.08kms

    Today's Highlight, was being Saturday, I expected heaps of walkers etc but the virus reduced their numbers.

    I left at 9:36am and the breeze was gentle from the North East.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Being Saturday, Goosey Lucy and mates were locked onto their island. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I retraced part of the route and headed 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my bananas. They were YUMMA. The waves had reduced from 2 days ago, and are now dead calm.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. Stopped and checked out the carpark. With the virus around there were still over 300 cars parked in the carpark at the end of The Spit.

    Just as I continued back along Seaworld Dve, I spotted a dead snake in the bike lane. It was more like a brown snake about 2 feet long and it had being run over by a car. I continued to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and saw Goosey Lucy swimming near their island. Due to the virus, I have stopped having a coffee. So I did a lap of 'our' caravan park, it is near empty. Continued back to home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 43.08km at ave 15.4kph
    March total to date: 84kms
    2020 total: 467.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - ride #148 - morning ride - sunny - 27-30deg 9-19kph NE

    The view at my Northerly turnaround point looking back towards Southport.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    10:24am - at Surfers - looking North.

    10:24am - at Surfers - looking East.

    10:24am - at Surfers - looking South.

    10:59am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    10:59am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Forget about the virus. We are going to The Spit..

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    Thu 19th Mar - Lands End, the Spit, Surfers and GC600 Park.

    Today's Highlight, was just getting back on my bike after a 3 week break.


    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down past the Southport YC and out to The Spit via Federartion walk. Good news, in the past 3 weeks, the council has graded the gravel walk and it is a lot better to ride on.

    I continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched the waves break against the end of The Spit and ate my bananas. they were YUMMA.
    There was ONE large wave in each set andd check out the photo. It was the biggest wave that I have seen while at the end of The Spit. Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I continued back along Seaworld Dve. I wanted to check if Seaworld was still open. It was.

    As I was feeling ok, I decided to continue down to my normal spot at Surfers just near Hanlan St. SO I did. There wasn't as many tourists about.

    After taking my usual set of photos plus the one of the Highrisers, because it looked nice, I continued back to MacIntosh island to check on Goosey Lucy and mates. I rode 2 laps and during one of them Goosey Lucy and mates formed a roadblock... well, a path block. See photo.. It was brilliant. the 13 of them crossed the path in one continuous line. one behind the other. Absolutely stunning.

    Usually after Macintosh island, my next stop is at Kamals at cafe Rockpool but due to corona I gave it a miss and did a lap of 'our' caravan park. There were 33 caravans out of 250 at peak.
    Finally made it home and didn't realise how much I miss my normal rides.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 40.71km at ave 16.3kph
    March total to date: 41kms
    2020 total: 423.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - Spit - Surfers - GC600 Park - ride #147 - morning ride - sunny - 24-27deg 15-20kph SE

    Goosey Lucy and mates blocking their shared path.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    at Surfers - looking North.

    at Surfers - looking East.

    at Surfers - looking South.

    The Highrisers looked nice against the blue sky today.

    Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Biggest wave that I have seen while at the end of The Spit.

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    Thu 27th Feb - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, was checking out the Sand Sculptures.


    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. At MacIntosh island, Goosey Lucy and mates were just coming out their gate. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my normal spot and checked out the Sand Sculpturing. It was unreal. I retraced part of the route and headed to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, and the flooded areas were all nearly dry.

    I continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched the waves break against the end of The Spit and ate my bananas. they were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I continued back along Seaworld Dve and made my way into the headwind back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and then headed to Cafe Rockpool. I had an ice cream as it was quite warm. I then continued to head homeward. Doing a lap of 'our' caravan park, there was approx 40 sites full. Continued back to home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 44.43km at ave 15.7kph
    February total to date: 137kms
    2020 total: 382.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #146 - morning ride - overcast - 20-27deg 11-29kph SE

    Goosey Lucy and mates escaping from their island.

    Goosey Lucy and mates escaping from their island.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    at Surfers - looking North.

    at Surfers - looking East.

    at Surfers - looking South.

    Sand Sculpturing.

    Sand Sculpturing.

    Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Goosey Lucy and mates enjoying themselves.

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    Mon 10th Feb - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, the amount of water that was flooding The Spit.
    We have had 298mm of rain in the past 7 days.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. As the shared path goes under the Sundale bridge, with the combination of all the rain filling the Nerang river and the KING high tide, the path was under water. (see photos). At MacIntosh island, Goosey Lucy and mates were enjoying the wet grass and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at the Lifesaving Tower, as my usual spot near Hanlan St was blocked by event equipment for the Sand Sculpturing and took my weather photos. I retraced part of the route and headed to The Spit.

    As I do everytime, I rode the gravel Federation Walk track, BUT I didn't get more than 100meters before the path was inpasssable. When it buckets down on the Gold Coast, the Federation Walk will flood in a couple of spots and true to form, these areas and more were underwater.
    As the track was blocked off, I was forced to ride along Seaworld Drive, except for one section, it was rideable.

    I continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched the waves break against the end of The Spit and ate my bananas. they were YUMMA. As the weather is shithouse (overcast ready to rain) I was the only human on The Spit.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I continued back along Seaworld Dve and made my way into the headwind back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and then headed to Cafe Rockpool. I had a cappuncino and chatted to Christina who wasn't busy due to the weather. I then continued to head homeward. Doing a lap of 'our' caravan park, it is 20% or less occupied, there was approx 30 sites full. Continued back to home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 47.92km at ave 16.4kph
    February total to date: 93kms
    2020 total: 338o.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #145 - morning ride - overcast - 21-25deg 9-19kph SE

    Water under the Sundale bridge.

    Water under the Sundale bridge.

    Water under the Sundale bridge.

    Opposite the Lifesaving Tower at Cavill Ave.

    at Surfers - looking North.

    at Surfers - looking East.

    at Surfers - looking South.

    The flooded Federation Walk.

    The flooded Federation Walk.

    Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Nice waves at the Spit.

    This part of Seaworld Dve was flooded.

    This part of Seaworld Dve was flooded.

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    Wed 5th Feb - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, was waiting for Huey to send it down, BUT he didn't. The forecast is for upto 80mm today. I received ZERO.

    I left at 6:50am and the breeze was blowing like buggery from the South east. The Gold Coast normal sea breeze.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates (ALL 13 of them) were all outside their fence and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I retraced part of the route and headed to The Spit. Stopping at the Surfboard sign - The Sand Sculpturing starts soon and stopped at Borobi for a photo (he looked lonely).

    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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched the waves break against the end of The Spit and ate my bananas. they were YUMMA. As the weather is shithouse (overcast ready to rain and blowing like buggery) I was the only human on The Spit.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I continued back along Seaworld Dve and made my way into the headwind back to MacIntosh Island, stopped for some water and then had a beautiful ride with a gale tailwind, stopping at Cafe Rockpool. I had a cappuncino and chatted to Christina who wasn't busy. I then continued to head homeward. Doing a lap of 'our' caravan park, it is 20% full, there was approx 40 sites full. Continued back to home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 45.25km at ave 15.4kph
    February total to date: 45kms
    2020 total: 290.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #144 - morning ride - overcast - 21-24deg 26-48kph SE

    7:46am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    22.0° - 26kph SE.

    7:46am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:46am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:46am - at Surfers - looking South.

    The Surfboard Sign.

    Borobi was looking bored, so I stopped.

    8:22am - Windy and rough.

    8:22am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:22am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

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    Wed 29th Jan - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, was just the joy of riding after a 2 week medical break.

    I left at 6:53am and the breeze was a slight to moderate North Westerly.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates (ALL 13 of them) were all outside their fence and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I retraced part of the route and headed 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched the seaway. As sschool is now back, the Spit was deserted. You could have shot a cannon off and not hit anyone. I sat there and drank my water as it was bloody hot. I didn't have any food.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.

    I continued back along Seaworld Dve and checked out the piers before going straight to Cafe Rockpool and even though it was warm, I had a cappuncino. I chatted to Christina who wasn't busy. She is a lovely girl who was born in Estonia, Russia and has been married for 16years and looks like she is a 20year old. I then continued to head homeward. Doing a lap of 'our' caravan park, it is 20% full, there was approx 40 sites full. Continued back past our apartment to clock over 40kms then back to home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 40.88km at ave 15.2kph
    January total to date: 204kms
    2020 total: 245.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #143 - morning ride - sunny - 26-31deg 11-28kph NW

    7:00am - The view from my Northernly turnaround point looking South back to Southport.

    7:43am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    27.9° - 17kph NW.

    7:43am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:43am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:43am - at Surfers - looking South.

    8:17am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:17am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

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    Fri 10th Jan - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, just the joy of riding. I wanted to ride 50kms plus, so I headed to 272 Hedges Ave, Broadbeach.

    I left at 6:32am and the breeze was building from the NE.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates (ALL 13 of them) were out and about enjoying their weekday freedom. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Broadbeach, via the road and turned around at 272 Hedges Ave, then back along the shared path, stopping at Surfers. After taking my weather photos next door to my normal spot, I retraced part of the route and headed 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my cheese sanga, as I am out of bananas. It was YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.
    I continued back through MacIntosh Is. I then rode off to Cafe Rockpool for 3 scoops of rum and raisin ice cream. Just near the Southport Pool, the digger is still cleaning out a mud pool. I stopped and did a lap of 'our' caravan park, it is now 99% full. The joint is jumpin'. Continued to my Northernly turnaround then home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 54.63km at ave 15.9kph
    January total to date: 204kms
    2020 total: 204.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Broadbeach - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #142 - morning ride - sunny - 24-30deg 4-28kph NE

    7:44am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    27.2° - 9kph NEE.

    7:44am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:44am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:44am - at Surfers - looking South.

    8:20am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:20am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Peter Peacock just wandered past as I was sitting down.

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    Wed 8th Jan - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight,just the joy of riding. I wanted to ride 50kms plus, so I headed to 272 Hedges Ave, Broadbeach.

    I left at 7:22am and the breeze was building from the NE.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates (ALL 13 of them) were out and about enjoying their weekday freedom. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Broadbeach, via the road and turned around at 272 Hedges Ave, then back along the shared path, stopping at Surfers. After taking my weather photos at my normal spot, I retraced part of the route and headed to The Spit.

    As I rode through Narrowneck at Main Beach, a number of people were gazing out over the water and sure enough, Danny dolphin and a few of his mates, were follicking in the water. To far away, to get a photo.

    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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my cheese roll, as I am out of bananas. It was YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.
    I continued back through MacIntosh Is. I then rode off to Cafe Rockpool for 3 scoops of rum and raisin ice cream. Just near the Southport Pool, there was a digger cleaning out a mud pool. I stopped and did a lap of 'our' caravan park, it is now 99% full. The joint is jumpin'. Continued to mu Northernly turnaround then home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 54.22km at ave 16.2kph
    January total to date: 150kms
    2020 total: 150.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Broadbeach - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #141 - morning ride - sunny - 25-28deg 7-24kph NE

    8:37am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    27.4° - 7kph NEE.

    8:37am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:37am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:37am - at Surfers - looking South.

    9:11am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:11am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    The Mud digger.

    The Mud digger.

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    Mon 6th Jan - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, was talking to our Ch7 Weatherman Burty.

    I left at 7:31am and the breeze was SE medium strength.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates (ALL 13 of them) were out and about enjoying their weekday freedom. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, the walkers were out in force but under control. After taking my weather photos at my normal spot, I retraced part of the route and headed to The Spit.

    BUT AS I PASSED A CYCLIST ON THE SHARED PATH. TO MY SURPRISE, IT WAS BURTY - our channel 7 weatherman out for a little ride. I also saw him at 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and ate my bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.
    I continued back past the Southport YC and through the streets of Paradise Waters. Back to Cafe Rockpool, for 3 scoops of rum and raisin ice cream. I stopped and did a lap of 'our' caravan park, it is now 100% full. The joint is jumpin'.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 50.15km at ave 15.5kph
    January total to date: 95kms
    2020 total: 95.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    GC - Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #140 - morning ride - cloudy and sunny - 25-28deg 11-19kph SE

    8:27am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    24.8° - 13kph SE.

    8:27am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:27am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:27am - at Surfers - looking South.

    9:01am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:01am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    9:01am - Burty on the Spit. He was on the phone, so I left him alone.

    Our Apartment(far right) looking good.

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    Fri 3rd Jan - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, was Danny Dolphin and his mates 'fishing' at the end of The Spit. Down side is they are camera shy.

    I left at 6:17am and the breeze was light and variable.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates (ALL 13 of them) were out and about enjoying their weekday freedom. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, the walkers were out in force but under control. After taking my weather photos at my normal spot, I retraced part of the route and headed 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched just towards the Sand Pumping pier, where I spotted a fin. There were 2 pods of Danny Dolphin and mates in a fishing frenzy. As I watched them, one of the pods headed my way, so I took photos. I sat there and ate my bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.
    I continued back through MacIntosh Is. Peter Peacock walked up to say "Hi". I then rode off to Cafe Rockpool for 3 scoops of rum and raisin ice cream. I stopped and did a lap of 'our' caravan park, it is now 100% full. The joint is jumpin'. Continued directly back home, as Lukey and family were on their way for a swim in the pool.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 45.28km at ave 15.3kph
    January total to date: 45kms
    2020 total: 45.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #139 - morning ride - cloudy and sunny - 22-28deg 0-9kph Var

    7:12am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    25.1° - 7kph W.

    7:12am - at Surfers - looking North.

    7:12am - at Surfers - looking East.

    7:12am - at Surfers - looking South.

    7:47am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    7:47am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Danny Dolphin and mates off the end of The Spit.

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    Sun 29th Dec - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, justs the joy of getting out and riding.

    I left at 5:58am and the breeze was building from the South East.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates (ALL 13 of them) were all locked inside their island, as it was Sunday, Mark the gardener wasn't at work. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, the walkers were out in force but under control. After taking my weather photos at my normal spot, I retraced part of the route and headed 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched the seaway. The Spit was jumping. Jetskis in the seaway, surfers and swimmers on the south side, enjoying themselves. I sat there and ate my bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.
    I continued back through MacIntosh Is. Peter Peacock walked up to say "Hi". I then rode around the streets of Paradise Waters to increase my distance. As I am trying to catch Matty before the end of the year, BUT the Bastard has beaten me.

    I stopped at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee, then continuing to head homeward. Doing a lap of 'our' caravan park, it is now 100% full. The joint is jumpin'. Continued back to my Northern turnaround point then back to home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was: 53.71km at ave 15.9kph
    December total to date: 279kms
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #138 - morning ride - cloudy and sunny - 24-28deg 9-30kph SE

    6:50am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    24.2° - 20kph SE.

    6:50am - at Surfers - looking North.

    6:50am - at Surfers - looking East.

    6:50am - at Surfers - looking South.

    7:25am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    7:25am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Peter Peacock wandered over for a chat.

    Peter Peacock wandered over for a chat.

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    Thu 26th Dec - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, was the photo of Goosey Lucy. It is just beautiful.

    I left at 7:45am and the breeze was building from the South East.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. What wasn't usual was that it was pissing down and I had to break out my spray jacket and brush the dust off it. It rained for probably 30 minutes then the sun broke through.
    I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates (ALL 13 of them) were all locked inside their island, as it was a public holiday, Mark the gardener wasn't at work. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, the walkers were out in force but under control. After taking my weather photos at my normal spot, I retraced part of the route and headed 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched the seaway. The Spit was unusually quiet, but everyone was probably at the Boxing Day sales. Good on them, I will go riding instead. I sat there and ate my grapes as I had run out of bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.
    I continued back through MacIntosh Is. I couldn't stop at Cafe Rockpool today, as it closed for xmas and Boxing days, BUT don't worry about me, after riding and showering, I drove to Lab Park and had my coffee. All is good with the world. Anyway back to my ride.
    I continued to head homeward. Doing a lap of 'our' caravan park, it is now 100% full. I saw and spoke to a Mobile RV repairer as the Parking lights on our fiver are faulty and need fixing. Dion is the man and probably about February, I will get them looked at.
    The joint is jumpin'. Continued back to my Northern turnaround point then back to home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:48.70km at ave 15.4kph
    December total to date: 226kms
    2019 total: 5,312.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool(Closed..Bugger) - ride #137 - morning ride - rain to sun - 22-27deg 11-37kph SE

    Goosey Lucy looking beautiful.

    8:42am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    24.0° - 28kph SE.

    8:42am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:42am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:42am - at Surfers - looking South.

    9:13am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:13am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Some of the gang behind their fence.

    AquaDuck zooming past the new GC Ferry.

    Just pipped at Sundale Bridge.

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    Mon 23rd Dec - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, was just the joy of riding and taking in the views.

    I left at 7:30am and the breeze was a slight to moderate Northerly.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates (ALL 13 of them) were all outside their fence and enjoying life. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, and stopped and took a photo of the divided shared path. BTW, I reckon it is closer to 7 meters wide NOT 5 as I said yesterday. After taking my weather photos, just near my normal spot. I retraced part of the route and headed 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched the seaway. Being a work day, The Spit was quiet, both in the seaway and on the Spit itself. I sat there and ate my grapes as I had run out of bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.
    I continued back through MacIntosh Is. I stopped at Cafe Rockpool and even though it was warm, I had a cappuncino. I then continued to head homeward. Doing a lap of 'our' caravan park, it is 99.9% full, I only saw 2 empty sites. The joint is jumpin'. Continued back to my Northern turnaround point then back to home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:48.08km at ave 15.5kph
    December total to date: 177kms
    2019 total: 5,263.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #136 - morning ride - overcast - 22-27deg 7-17kph N

    The new shared path alongside The Esplanade in Surfers showing the divided section.

    8:23am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    23.4° - 9kph N.

    8:23am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:23am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:23am - at Surfers - looking South.

    9:06am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:06am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Goosey Lucy and ALL mates are present and accounted for...13 in total.

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    Sun 22nd Dec - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, was talking to Kamal, who wanted to 'shout' me a coffee.

    I left at 10:45am and the breeze was a constant 20kph North Easterly.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Being Sunday, Goosey Lucy and mates are locked on their island. I counted 12 geese, one missing and I couldn't see him, hopefully, he is asleep on their island. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade shared path, which the council have been ripping up the original and replacing it with a beautiful 5 meter wide concrete shared path. In some places they have divided the shared path in two, where it goes either side of trees. The shared path is now 100% finished and a treat to ride, even on a Sunday, 3 days before Christmas with a million pedrestrians. After taking my weather photos, just near my normal spot. Surfers is erecting a monstrous screen on the beach. Not sure why, will investigate. After taking some photos, I retraced part of route and headed 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched the seaway, the weekend jetskis were out in force. I sat there and ate my grapes as I had run out of bananas. They were YUMMA.
    Rode to the end of the Moondarewa Spit then around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park.
    I continued back through MacIntosh Is. I stopped at Cafe Rockpool and as it was so warm, I had 3 scoops of rum and raisin ice cream. It was YUMMA. Kamal who manages the Cafe Rockpool, came out and chatted. Kamal and I get along very well. He was going to 'shout' me a coffee but I postponed it to the New Year, as I was devouring 3 big scoops of rum and raisin in a big cup. I then continued to head homeward.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:43.99km at ave 15.6kph
    December total to date: 129kms
    2019 total: 5,215.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #135 - morning ride - overcast - 26deg 19-26kph NE

    The new GC Ferry at Cafe Rockpool pier. Checkout QuackaDuck in the background.

    11:30am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    26.1° - 20kph NE.

    11:30am - at Surfers - looking North.

    11:30am - at Surfers - looking East.

    12:15pm - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    12:15pm - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Peter Peacock gave to say "Merry Xmas, Frosty".

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    Sat 14th Dec - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, after yesterday's storm - only 120mm in 2hours - Today's highlight was that 97% of yesterday's puddles were today, bone dry. Unbelieveable.

    I left at 10:07am and the breeze is a building Northerly.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Riding in the underpass there was 20feet of water sitting there about an inch deep. Goosey Lucy and mates were locked on their island, being Saturday. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I rode down to Surfers, and the Xmas crowds are starting to increase. I took my normal weather photos and then headed 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, BUT not to be. I expected this track to covered in puddles after yesterday's storm, BUT it disappointed me. There were only 2 puddles that were still wet, only had about an inch of water in them. Very easy to ride through slowly.

    I continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched the seaway. The Ocean Jetboat motored past, the seaway wasn't that rough. After yesterday's storm, everything has settled down. I 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.
    I continued back through MacIntosh Is. I stopped at Cafe Rockpool and as it was so warm, I had 3 scoops of rum and raisin ice cream. It was YUMMA. I then continued to homeward, rode through 'our' caravan park. It is nearly full. Eventfully, I passed my 40kms mark and headed home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:43.69km at ave 15.9kph
    December total to date: 85kms
    2019 total: 5,171.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #134 - morning ride - sunny - 24-27deg 13-28kph NE

    10:58am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    25.1° - 17kph NE.

    QuackaDuck at Sundale Bridge.

    QuackaDuck at Sundale Bridge.

    10:58am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    25.1° - 17kph NE.

    10:58am - at Surfers - looking North.

    10:58am - at Surfers - looking East.

    10:58am - at Surfers - looking South.

    The Ocean Jet Boat coming back to the Seaway.

    11:37am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    11:15am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Notice for our New Year's Eve Family Event put on by the GC City Council.
    Fireworks are scheduled for 8pm.

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    Mon 9th Dec - Lands End, GC600 Park and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, the schoolies barriers etc have been removed. Surfers is back to normal.

    I left at 9:45am and the breeze is a building Southerly.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Goosey Lucy and mates were wandering around their domain. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I rode down to Surfers, to check out if the barreirs had been removed. All good. Surfers is back to normal after a few weeks of schoolies. I took my normal weather photos and then headed 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, BUT not to be.

    I continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched the seaway, it was very rough and also 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.
    I continued back through MacIntosh Is. I stopped at Cafe Rockpool and as it was so warm, I had 3 scoops of rum and raisin ice cream. It was YUMMA. I then continued to homeward pushed by a beautiful Southerly tailwind. Eventually, I passed my 40kms mark and headed home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:41.13km at ave 17.1kph
    December total to date: 41kms
    2019 total: 5,127.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Spit - café Rockpool - ride #133 - morning ride - sunny - 28deg 17-30kph S

    10:41am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
    28° - 21kph S.

    10:41am - at Surfers - looking North.

    10:41am - at Surfers - looking East.

    10:41am - at Surfers - looking South.

    11:15am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    11:15am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

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    Sat 30th Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park and The Spit.

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

    I left at 7:55am and the breeze is already a bloody hard Northerly.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Being Saturday, Goosey Lucy and mates are locked on their island. I counted 13 geese, so all present and counted for. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I gave Surfers a miss, as it is Schoolies week, there are barriers everywhere and my usual weather photo area is blocked off. SO I headed directly 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watched the seaway, it was very rough and also 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.
    I continued back through MacIntosh Is. I stopped at Cafe Rockpool and as it was so warm, I had 2 scoops of rum and raisin ice cream. It was YUMMA. I then continued to push into the bloody Northerly. I was in my 4th lowest gear at 13kph. Eventually, I passed my 40kms mark and headed home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:40.85km at ave 15.6kph
    November total to date: 361kms
    2019 total: 5,086.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Spit - café Rockpool - ride #132 - morning ride - sunny - 25-29deg 24-41kph N

    A Pano of The Spit.

    9:09am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:09am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Peter Peacock beside me at MacIntosh Is.

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    Thu 28th Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers and The Spit.

    Today's Highlight, just the joy of being outside and riding, it was also cool and overcast.

    Up and into it, so I left at 7:01am. I am still only riding around 40kms. The breeze was light and cool from the South with an overcast sky, it was beautiful riding weather.

    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, it is now official, he couldn't give away the 6 goslings, so they will stay. Now we have 13 geese. Check out their photo below, it is very hard to pick the 3 month old goslings.
    Eventually, I headed down to Surfers for my usual weather photos. As it is Schoolies, I expected noone around and shock,horror, there were no schoolies to be seen. It was after all the ungodly time of 7:57am. The barriers are still everywhere and my usual weather photo area is blocked off. SO I took photos from beside my usual spot. 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 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 Moondarewa Spit, I noticed that it was partly blocked off along the side, they are now joining a 1,200meter long pipe for the recycling project but we don't know the facts yet.
    Rode back around the shared path that surround the Doug Jennings park. My guy in the red campervan was asleep in his usual spot. Good to see that rules are being obeyed or maybe not.
    I continued back to MacIntosh Is. and saw Goosey Lucy and tribe plus Peter Peacock, then stopped at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee before heading back home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:47.74km at ave 15.3kph
    November total to date: 321kms
    2019 total: 5,045.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #131 - morning ride - sunny - 22-26deg 11-19kph S

    Schoolies area with barriers.

    Surfers - during Schoolies.

    Surfers - during Schoolies.

    Surfers - during Schoolies.

    8:00am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:00am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:00am - at Surfers - looking South.

    8:36am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    8:36am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    Goosey Lucy and family.

    Peter Peacock.

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    Sun 24th Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park and The Spit.

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

    Being Sunday, I go for a coffee at Runaway Bay, arriving there about 8:45am, so I didn't leave until 10:24am. I am taking it easy, only doing around 40kms per ride. The breeze is already a bloody hard Northerly.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Being Sunday, Goosey Lucy and mates are locked on their island. I counted 13 geese, so all present and counted for. I rode a lap and a half of the park.
    I gave Surfers a miss, as it is Schoolies week, there are barriers everywhere and my usual weather photo area is blocked off. SO I headed directly 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 continued to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the Seaward Spit and watch 17 jetskis playing in the seaway and also 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.
    I continued bck through MacIntosh Is. I didn't stop at Cafe Rockpool as I had to get home and watch the Supercars tape. As I passed the Ospreys nest, I noticed that Mum, Dad and Baby were on the nest and took a photo but needed to zoomed in. Pressed into the headwind all the way home.
    Another brilliant ride.

    Today's ride was:36.25km at ave 14.7kph
    November total to date: 273kms
    2019 total: 4,998.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Spit - ride #130 - lunch ride - sunny - 26-27deg 26-32kph N

    The Narrowneck area at main Beach.

    11:48am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    11:48am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    A rough day off The Spit.

    The Osprey's nest.

    Mum, Dad and baby(just).

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    Fri 22nd Nov - Lands End, GC600 Park 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 10:56am. As I haven't done many kms lately, I only wanted a short 40km ride today, the breeze is already a bloody hard Northerly.

    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 gave Surfers a miss, as it is Schoolies week, there are barriers everywhere and my usual weather photo area is blocked off. SO I headed directly 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 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 not to be seen.
    I continued past the Southport YC and over the shared path bridge and stopped at cafe Rockpool for 2 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:38.39km at ave 14.7kph
    November total to date: 237kms
    2019 total: 4,961.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Spit - cafe Rockpool - ride #129 - lunch ride - sunny - 26deg 26-32kph N

    12:17pm - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    12:17pm - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

    A 'Cat' high and dry in 'Bums Bay' at low tide.

    The dredge is dredging the channel out the front of our apartment.

    The outlet of the dredge is 'topping up' the beach on the Eastern side of Wavebreak Is.

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    19. Mon 18th Nov - Playground 'crawl' with Mase. - 12.36kms.

    We were booked in to mind Mase today. This morning we did a playground crawl, visiting 3 playgrounds and Kamals.

    We left home at 10:57am. 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 3.2kms by himslef and the rest was being towed.

    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 the helicopter playgorund, before towing Mase to Kamals, where we had coffee and Mase had banana bread. Kamal came out and spoke to us. Mase likes Kamal.

    We left Kamals with Mase being towed. We stopped at the Georges, because it was feeding time at Charis Seafood and there were heaps of Georges in the background.

    Another brilliant day with my mate.

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

    Today's ride was: 12.36km at ave 8.4kph
    November total to date: 198kms
    2019 total: 4,923.
    Today's ride summary:
    Mase's 26th ride on his tagalong bike - Mase rode 3.2km by himself - Visited 3 playgrounds and Kamals - morning ride - sunny 25deg 24-30kph SE

    Mase on the swing.

    Mase on the swing.

    Mase on the helicopter swing.

    Mase on a swing.

    Mase on the slide.

    Mase on his tagalong with heaps of Georges in the background.

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    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 - cafe 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.

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    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 - Cafe 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 - cafe 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 - cafe 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 - cafe 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 - cafe 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 - cafe 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 - cafe 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 - cafe 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 - cafe 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 - cafe 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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