This webpage will list my riding adventures starting 28th February 2019.

This is my normal route.

Home to Lands End down to Surfers via MacIntosh Is.
Surfers to The Spit (both ends) then back through MacIntosh Is to Lands End and finally back Home about 45kms.

16. Tue 26th Mar - Rode with Mase to Lands End and playgrounds - 5.4kms.
15. Sun 24th Mar - Lands End, Spit, MacIntosh Island ride - 34.07kms.
14. Sat 23rd Mar - Lands End, Spit, MacIntosh Island with my 'little boy' - 35.20kms.
13. Fri 22nd Mar - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit ride - 47.27kms.
12. Thu 21st Mar - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit ride - 46.68kms.
11. Wed 20th Mar - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit ride - 45.93kms.
10. Mon 18th Mar - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit ride - 47.37kms.
9. Fri 15th Mar - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit ride - 47.66kms.
8. Thu 14th Mar - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit ride - 45.80kms.
7. Mon 11th Mar - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit ride - 45.74kms.
6. Sat 9th March - The Spit and MacIntosh Island with my 'little boy'. - 27.86kms.
5. Fri 8th Mar - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit ride - 47.52kms.
4. Wed 6th Mar - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit ride - 45.81kms.
3. Mon 4th Mar - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit ride - 47.16kms.
2. Sat 2nd Mar - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit ride - 44.70kms.
1. Thu 28th Feb - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit ride - 46.59kms.

Tue 26th Mar - Rode with Mase to Lands End and playgrounds - 5.4kms.

We had to mind Mase, our 4yo grandson today and as we hadn't ridden for awhile, today was it.
I planned to just ride to my normal Northernly turnaround point where there is large construction going on. You name it, it's there, driller, digger, monster crane, mixers, big pumper and an elevator lift.

We left home at 10:35am and got onto the shared path BUT immediately my plans were shattered. Just in front of us was Bob the Bobcat sitting on his lonesome on the edge of the Broadwater and about 100 meters further along was Digger and Barge, actually working. I asked Mase if he wanted to stop and watch. Naturally, he did, SO we found a seat very close and made ourselves comfy. We watched Digger drive off the barge onto the beach and start clearing some mud from a large drain. I thought that would take him awhile, so we left Bob and Barge and headed to our turnaround point, hoping to see the real big machinery in action, but they were having morning tea. So we went to the playground about 50 meters from them. After tiring of that playground we headed back to Barge but unfortunately Digger was already aboard and they were motoring across the Broadwater.
Not to be upset with missing Barge and Digger, we rode down to the new playground opposite our apartment and Mase tried out all the equipment and happily gave it his tick of approval. As we had to be back home by 12pm, we rode down to see Susie Lou the pride of our Fleet anchored just off Charis Seafood. We continued a little further before connecting Mase to the Tagalong and heading home.

Mase loves his rides with Papa.

Today's ride was: 5.40km at ave 7.3kph
March total to date: 614kms
2019 total: 1,845km.

Watching Digger and Barge, someone was very interested.

Watching Digger and Barge, someone was very interested.

Watching Digger and Barge, someone was very interested.

Watching Digger and Barge, someone was very interested.

Enjoying the swing. Papa it squeaks. it needs oiling.

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Sun 24th March - Lands End, Spit and MacIntosh Island.

I didn't plan on riding today, so my normal Sunday morning activity is to have a coffee at Donut King in Runaway Bay about 9am. While driving back home, I thought it was too nice a day, not to ride, so I did. Just the same route as yesterday with Jay.
The breeze was building from the North. The Broadwater was slowly getting choppy.

I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down and over Sundale Bridge, past the Southport YC and along the Federation Walk to the Spit. It is now completely dry. At the Sand Pumping Pier there is some sort of construction going on. It could be a new surface to the Federation Walk. I haven't been able to chat to a worker yet but will try.

As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the East 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. Saw Elmo riding a Can Am motor trike and flagged him down for a photo. He said that he had been stopped by 2 cops already this morning BUT only for a photo. He wears the costume for fun. Back along Seaworld Drive past the Southport SLSC then along the shared path back to MacIntosh Island. I rode another lap of the Island. Being the weekend and after 9:30am, Goosey Lucy and his mates were over on their island. They sleep on their island as it keeps them safe.

No coffee today at Cafe Rockpool, as I have already had one. Then back home. Another brilliant ride.

I saw my guy in the motorhome, he slept at Bum's Bay opposite Doug Jennings Park at the end of the Spit. Fourth time this week that I have seen him there.

Today's ride was: 34.07km at ave 18.0kph
March total to date: 609kms
2019 total: 1,840km.

11:37am - Today's weather photo at the Spit.
31.2° - 24kph gusting to 28kph N.

11:44am - Elmo from Sesame St, stopped for a photo at Doug Jennings Park. I had to flag him down.

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Sat 23rd March - Lands End - The Spit - MacIntosh Island - Lands End with my 'little boy'.

Today, I rode with Jay. This was Jay's 2nd ride since 2nd September 2017. Who am I to say "No" to my little boy. We planned to meet at our apartment at 6am.

I awoke before the alarm at 5:15am. Got up, checked the weather and texted Jay that it was cloudy, dry and calm.
I had brekky and went down stairs, got my bike and waited for Jay to arrive. He was a few minutes early.
We left by 5:57am. As we walked our bikes through the 'foyer' to cross Marine Parade, a 'stop/slow' guy from the building next door, told us that a guy is riding his bike around our block NAKED. Interestingly, we didn't see him.
I thought that we would ride the same route that we rode 2 Saturdays ago, BUT Jay said can we ride upto Lands End first, so we did, then to the Spit and maybe home via MacIntosh Island park.
The breeze wasn't too bad, as we headed along Marine Parade to Lands End, which is my normal turnaround point, then along the road to our caravan park, then along the shared path to the Nerang River, then along Seaworld Drive to the Spit. We stopped at the end of the spit and then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa Spit). We rode back to the Southport SLSC and Jay was feeling Ok, and said that he was up for extending our ride to Broadbeach I kindly declined his offer. maybe next weekend. So we rode down and did a lap of MacIntosh Island, I naturally pointed out Goosey Lucy and his mates, as well as, Peter Peacock and family. Jay was suitably impressed.
We then rode back to Lands End and then home.
This time, Marg was up, so Jay came upstairs to see his mum. We said our goodbyes and we plan to ride again next Saturday, maybe included Surfers into our ride.

It's not often that the opportunity arises that I can ride with Jay, so I cherish everytime we do.

Today's ride was: 35.20km at ave 19.3kph
March total to date: 575kms
2019 total: 1,805km.

6:51am - Jay at the end of The Spit.
Nice 'new' cycling shorts, Jay.
23.4° - 7kph gusting to 11kph SW.



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Fri 22nd March - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit.

I slept in until 5:45am, got up, checked the weather, it was dry and cloudy, had brekky and left by 6:12am. I rode my normal route.
The breeze was very light and variable. The Broadwater was glassy.

Today, only the 2 areas on the Federation Walk (gravel path to the Spit) remained damp, the water had gone and all that was left was a damp patch.

AS usual, I ride Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. rode a lap and a half then over the bridge at Narrowneck. I continued on to Surfers. I now stick to the bike lane on the Esplanade, it is easier than battling the walkers on the shared path.
I stopped at Hanlan street 'lookout' and took my daily weather photos. The beach was nearly deserted. Couldn't see the "Surfer Fairy".
Then I rode back along the Esplanade to the Southport SLSC, where I get back onto the Shared path which eventually turns into the Federation Walk. At the Sand Pumping Pier there is construction going on. It could be a new surface to the Federation Walk. I haven't been able to chat to a worker yet but will try.

As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the East 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 Seaworld Drive past the Southport SLSC then along the shared path back to MacIntosh Island. I rode another lap of the Island. While I sat on the benchseat, Goosey lucy and his mates were over at the water trough and couldn't give a stuff about me. Unlike yesterday.

Stopped for a coffee at Cafe Rockpool, then back to my Northern turnaround point at Lands End. Eventually, I made it home. Another brilliant ride.

I saw my guy in the motorhome, he slept at Bum's Bay opposite Doug Jennings Park at the end of the Spit. Third time this week that I have seen him there.

Today's ride was: 47.27km at ave 16.9kph
March total to date: 540kms
2019 total: 1,771km.

6:59am - Today's weather photo at Surfers.
24.2° - 7kph SSW.

6:59am - At Surfers looking North.

6:59am - At Surfers looking East.

6:59am - At Surfers looking South.

7:37am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

7:37am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

9:08am - The Broadwater opposite downtown Labrador.

9:08am - Susie Lou - The pride of the fleet.

9:08am - A very glassy Broadwater.

9:21am - The Broadwater taken at Lands End.

9:21am - The Broadwater taken at Lands End.
Looking to the East.

9:21am - The Broadwater taken at Lands End.
Looking towards Southport.

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Thu 21st March - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit.

I slept in until 6:00am, got up, checked the weather, it was sunny, had brekky and left by 6:40am. I rode my normal route.
The breeze was very light from the South. The Broadwater was calm. Looking at the photos, there was a large black front coming across. All it bought were 3 or 4 pissy little drops of rain. All show no go.

Today, only the 2 areas on the Federation Walk (gravel path to the Spit) remained wet, but very rideable. No real drama.

AS usual, I ride Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. rode a lap and a half then over the bridge at Narrowneck. I continued on to Surfers. I now stick to the bike lane on the Esplanade, it is easier than battling the walkers on the shared path.
I stopped at Hanlan street 'lookout' and took my daily weather photos. The beach was nearly deserted. Couldn't see the "Surfer Fairy".
Then I rode back along the Esplanade to the Southport SLSC, where I get back onto the Shared path which eventually turns into the Federation Walk. As I approached about 2/3 of the Federation Walk, I was fronted with the usual flooded sections, but were nearly dry, they were rideable.

As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the East 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 Seaworld Drive past the Southport SLSC then along the shared path back to MacIntosh Island. I rode another lap of the Island. While I sat on the benchseat, Goosey lucy and his mates walked over the bridge in a line, squawking and then when they got to me, the squawking got louder and then all 8 of them flapped their wings and made a great commotion. It was brilliant. I am convinced that they are mad.

Stopped for a coffee at Cafe Rockpool, then back to my Northern turnaround point at Lands End. Eventually, I made it home. Another brilliant ride.

I saw my guy in the motorhome, he slept at Bum's Bay opposite Doug Jennings Park at the end of the Spit. Same as yesterday.

Today's ride was: 46.68km at ave 17.7kph
March total to date: 492kms
2019 total: 1,723km.

7:27am - Today's weather photo at Surfers.
25.7° - 9kph gusting to 11kph N.

7:27am - At Surfers looking North.

7:27am - At Surfers looking East.

7:27am - At Surfers looking South.

7:59am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

7:59am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

8:39am - Goosey Lucy and his mates about to 'attack me' or maybe not. They did look impressive 'marching' over the bridge.

6:48am - At my Northerly turnaround point. I thought that I would get wet on this ride. Not to be.

9:35am - At my Northerly turnaround point on my way home. It was sunny.

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Wed 20th March - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit.

I slept in until 6:00am, got up, checked the weather, it was sunny, had brekky and left by 6:33am. I rode my normal route.
The breeze was very light from the South. The Broadwater was calm.

Today, only the 2 areas on the Federation Walk (gravel path to the Spit) remained flooded but I still managed to ride through them, probabaly only an inch or two deep. No real drama. The shared path around Doug Jennings Park at the Spit was all dry. The big surprise last ride was the shared path opposite Australia Fair in Broadwater Parklands, this was also completely dry and cleaned by George and his mates. This George is a human and works on the Gold Coast City Council.

AS usual, I ride Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. Riding through the Broadwater Parklands, I noticed the flooded shared path was now all dry. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. rode a lap and a half then over the bridge at Narrowneck. I continued on to Surfers. I now stick to the bike lane on the Esplanade, it is easier than battling the walkers on the shared path.
I stopped at Hanlan street 'lookout' and took my daily weather photos. The beach was nearly deserted. Couldn't see the "Surfer Fairy".
Then I rode back along the Esplanade to the Southport SLSC, where I get back onto the Shared path which eventually turns into the Federation Walk. As I approached about 2/3 of the Federation Walk, I was fronted with the usual flooded sections, but they were rideable., so I rode through the water.

As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the East 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. Sections of that path were covered in water are now all dry. Back along Seaworld Drive past the Southport SLSC then along the shared path back to MacIntosh Island. I rode another lap of the Island.

Stopped for a coffee at Cafe Rockpool, then back to my Northern turnaround point at Lands End. Eventually, I made it home. Another brilliant ride.

I saw my guy in the motorhome, he slept at Bum's Bay opposite Doug Jennings Park at the end of the Spit.

Today's ride was: 45.93km at ave 18.0kph
March total to date: 446kms
2019 total: 1,676km.

7:21am - Today's weather photo at Surfers.
24.1° - 9kph gusting to 11kph S.

7:21am - At Surfers looking North.

7:21am - At Surfers looking East.

7:21am - At Surfers looking South.

7:55am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

7:55am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

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Mon 18th March - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit.

I slept in until 6:15am, got up, checked the weather, it was sunny, had brekky and left by 6:43am. I rode my normal route.
The breeze was very light BUT building from the North West. The Broadwater was calm.

Well, since last Friday's ride, we have had 300mm of rain. It fell down.
Friday between 3pm - 6:30am = 75.8mm
Saturday between 9pm - 3:00am = 65.0mm
Sunday between 4;30pm - 8:00pm = 159.0mm
That is a shitload of water.


Today, I expected flooded shared paths everywhere BUT I was pleasantly surprised with only 4 areas flooded. 2 areas on the Federation Walk (gravel path to the Spit. This floods if there are 2 drops of rain). The shared path around Doug Jennings Park at the Spit was flooded but it is a concrete path aand was covered with an inch or two of water. The big surprise was the shared path opposite Australia Fair in Broadwater Parklands, this had about 6 inches and was barricaded off completely. Everywhere else, the water has drained away or soaked in, remarkably well.

AS usual, I ride Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. Riding through the Broadwater Parklands, I noticed the flooded shared path. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. rode a lap and a half then over the bridge at Narrowneck. I continued on to Surfers. I now stick to the bike lane on the Esplanade, it is easier than battling the walkers on the shared path.
I stopped at Hanlan street 'lookout' and took my daily weather photos. The beach was nearly deserted. The "Surfer Fairy" was also nowhere to be seen.
Then I rode back along the Esplanade to the Southport SLSC, where I get back onto the Shared path which eventually turns into the Federation Walk. As I approached about 2/3 of the Federation Walk, I was fronted with the usual flooded sections, SO I made my way across to Seaworld Drive and rode the rest of the way to The Spit.

As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the East 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. Sections of that path were covered in water but only about an inch deep. Back along Seaworld Drive past the Southport SLSC then along the shared path back to MacIntosh Island. I rode another lap of the Island.

Stopped for a coffee at Cafe Rockpool, then back to my Northern turnaround point at Lands End. Eventually, I made it home. Another brilliant ride.

Today's ride was: 47.37km at ave 17.3kph
March total to date: 400kms
2019 total: 1,631km.

7;31am - Today's weather photo at Surfers.
22.4° - 9kph gusting to 11kph NW.

7:31am - At Surfers looking North.

7:31am - At Surfers looking East.

7:31am - At Surfers looking South.

7;59am - the flooded part of the Federation Walk.

8:02am - the flooded part of the Doug Jennings Park.

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

9:14am - - the flooded part of the shared path in Broadwater Parklands opposite Australia Fair.

The other end of the flooded shared path.

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Fri 15th March - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit.

I slept in until 5:30am, got up, had brekky and left by 5:50am. I rode my normal route.
The breeze was very light BUT building from the North West. The Broadwater was calm.

AS usual, I ride Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. With the sun just getting up, I had to take a photo or two.
I continued down to MacIntosh Is. rode a lap and a half then over the bridge at Narrowneck. My new friend (guy in motorhome) was nowhere to be seen, so I continued on to Surfers. I now stick to the bike lane on the Esplanade, it is easier than battling the walkers on the shared path.
I stopped at Hanlan street 'lookout' and took my daily weather photos. The beach was nearly deserted, except for C Gull (see photo). The "Surfer Fairy" was also nowhere to be seen. I wonder if he teamed up with Guy in motorhome.
Then I rode back along the Esplanade to the Southport SLSC, where I get back onto the Shared path which eventually turns into the Federation Walk.

As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the East 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. I spotted the "guy in the motorhome" parked over to the side. This is where he slept last night. Back along Seaworld Drive with a tail/side wind pushing me along to Southport SLSC then along the shared path back to MacIntosh Island. I rode another lap of the Island and then took photos of Goosey Lucy and mates.

Stopped for a coffee at Cafe Rockpool, went up onto the viewing area on the roof of cafe Rockpool and took a couple of photos then back to my Northern turnaround point at Lands End. Took some more photos of the big construction that is happening at Lands End. The Gold Coast City Council is having a drain inserted under Wavebreak Is and South Straddie Is and out to sea for about 1km. Something to do with recycled water. I will find out more, as this operation will take a year or more. Eventually, I made it home. Another brilliant ride.

Today's ride was: 47.66km at ave 16.8kph
March total to date: 352kms
2019 total: 1,584km.

5:57am - taken at Lands End.
22.1° - 13kph gusting to 17kph NW.

6:37am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
22.5° - 17kph gusting to 19kph NW.

6:37am - C Gull.

6:37am - The Coral Sea was pretty calm this morning.

6:37am - at Surfers. Can you spot the dude doing exercises?

7:14am - at The Spit.
24.8° - 20kph gusting to 26kph NW.

7:55am - Goosey Lucy and his mates on MacIntosh Island.

8:13am - my view while having my coffee at Cafe Rockpool.

8:31am - The view from the viewing area on the roof of cafe Rockpool.

8:57am - the big construction happening at Lands End.

8:58am - at Lands End looking towards Labrador then Southport in the background.

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Thu 14th March - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit.

I slept in until 5:40am, got up, had brekky and left by 6:06am. I rode my normal route.
The breeze was very light BUT building from the South. The Broadwater was very smooth.

As I rode over the Sundale Bridge over the Nerang river, I noticed the guy who lives in his motorhome. At night, I have noticed him parked in various locations: eg: Out the back of our apartment, in Narrowneck, On Marine Parade, at the Spit.. you get the idea. Well this morning he was parked in the carpark at Pelican beach on the south side of the Sundale Bridge. I continued upto MacIntosh Is. rode a lap and a half then over the bridge at Narrowneck. To my surprise, the guy was parked there, obviously, he left Pelican Beach just after I rode past him and drove over to here and parked. Checking my Strava, it took me 12 minutes.

Heading towards Surfers, I rode along the bike path on the Esplanade, it is easier than battling the walkers on the shared path.
I stopped at Hanlan street 'lookout' and took my daily weather photos. The beach was nearly deserted, except for a homeless guy who I later found out was the "Surfer Paradise Fairy". This guy I have noticed a few times on my rides. He wears a tutu and a bikini top. Well, he was asleep under the lifesaving tower just near Cavil Ave.
Then I rode along the Esplanade to the Southport SLSC, where I get back onto the Shared path which eventually turns into the Federation Walk. As I approached the Sand Pumping pier, the police cordoned off area barrier HAS FINALLY BEEN REMOVED. About bloody time.

As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the East 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 Seaworld Drive into a stiff southerly to Southport SLSC then along the shared path back to MacIntosh Island opposite Narrowneck at Main Beach. Back at MacIntosh Is. The guy in the motorhome was outside, so I stopped and chatted to him. Nice guy.
I rode my lap of the Island and then took photos of Goosey Lucy and mates.

Stopped for a coffee at Cafe Rockpool, then back to my Northern turnaround point at Lands End. Past the sunken yacht which is closer to shore but no signs of removing it. Eventually, I made it home. Another brilliant ride.

Today's ride was: 45.80km at ave 16.5kph
March total to date: 305kms
2019 total: 1,536km.

6:15am - taken at Lands End.
24.1° - 19kph gusting to 26kph S.



6:15am - taken at Lands End.
24.1° - 19kph gusting to 26kph S.

6:15am - taken at Lands End.
24.1° - 19kph gusting to 26kph S.

6:56am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
25.2° - 20kph gusting to 26kph S.



6:56am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.

6:56am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.

6:56am - Superb sunrise.



7:30am - taken at the end of The Spit.
25.9° - 20kph gusting to 26kph S.

7:30am - taken at the end of The Spit.
25.9° - 20kph gusting to 26kph S.r8

8:16am - Goosey Lucy and mates taking it very easy.



8:25am - Aquaduck coming ashore at Pelican Beach near Sundale Bridge.

8:25am - Aquaduck coming ashore at Pelican Beach near Sundale Bridge.

8:57am - Getting closer to shore.



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Mon 11th March - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit.

I slept in until 6:00am, got up, had brekky and left by 6:25am. I rode my normal route.
The breeze was already blowing, so when I headed North, I had to push into a stiff breeze. The Broadwater was a little choppy. At MacIntosh Is, Goosey Lucy and the 7 other geese were quite happy eating lettuce that Mark gives them daily.

Heading towards Surfers, I rode along the bike path on the Esplanade, it is easier than battling the walkers on the shared path.
I stopped at Hanlan street 'lookout' and took my daily weather photos. The beach was nearly deserted. Then I rode along the Esplanade to the Southport SLSC, where I get back onto the Shared path which eventually turns into the Federation Walk. As I approached the Sand Pumping pier, the police cordoned off area barrier is still half up.

As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the East 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 Federation Walk to Southport SLSC then along the shared path back to MacIntosh Island opposite Narrowneck at Main Beach. Back at MacIntosh Is. I rode my lap of the Island and then took photos of Peter Peacock and Goosey Lucy and mates.

Stopped for a coffee at Cafe Rockpool, then back to my Northern turnaround point at Lands End. Past the sunken yacht which is closer to shore but no signs of removing it. Eventually, I made it home. Another brilliant ride.

Today's ride was: 45.74km at ave 16.9kph
March total to date: 259kms
2019 total: 1,490km.

7:11am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
24.9° - 19kph gusting to 26kph N.



7:11am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
Where's the crowd??

7:11am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
Beautiful Sunrise.

7:11am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.

7:46am - taken at The Spit.

8:34am - taken at MacIntosh Island.
Peter Peacock just relaxing on a benchseat.

8:37am - taken at MacIntosh Island.
Goosey Lucy.

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Sat 9th March - The Spit and MacIntosh Island with my 'little boy'.

Today, I rode with Jay, my eldest son. He wanted to get back into riding, as he hadn't ridden since 2nd September 2017. Who am I to say "No" to my little boy. We planned to meet at our apartment at 6am.

I awoke before the alarm at 5:15am. Got up, checked the weather and texted Jay that it was drizzling but we decided to ride anyway, as Jay said we get wet. Stiff shit.
I had brekky and went down stairs, got my bike and waited for Jay to arrive. He was on time.
We left by 6:01am. As Jay hadn't ridden for at least 18 months, we decided to ride just to the Spit and maybe home via MacIntosh Island park.
The breeze wasn't too bad, as we headed along Marine Parade to our caravan park, then along the shared path and the Nerang River, then along Seaworld Drive to the Spit. We stopped at the end of the spit and then rode to the end of the other Spit (Moondarewa Spit). We rode back to the Southport SLSC and Jay was feeling Ok, except for a numb bum. So we rode down and through MacIntosh Island, I naturally pointed out Goosey Lucy and his mates, as well as, Peter Peacock and family. Jay was suitably impressed.
We then rode home, as Marg was still asleep, Jay didn't see his mum. We said our goodbyes and we plan to ride again next Saturday.

It's not often that the opportunity arises that I can ride with Jay, so I cherish everytime we do.

Today's ride was: 27.86km at ave 17.3kph
March total to date: 212kms
2019 total: 1,443km.

6:43am - Jay at the end of The Spit. Checking his Strava.
Nice cycling shorts, Jay.
23.7° - 7kph gusting to 11kph S.



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Fri 8th March - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit.

I slept in until 5:50am, got up, had brekky and left by 6:05am. I rode my normal route.
The breeze was already blowing, so when I headed South, I had to push into a stiff breeze. The Broadwater was a little choppy. At MacIntosh Is, Goosey Lucy and the 7 other geese were still waiting for the Mark to arrive and open the gate. They have forgotten that they can fly.

Heading towards Surfers, I rode along the bike path on the Esplanade, it is easier than battling the walkers on the shared path.
I stopped at Hanlan street 'lookout' and took my daily weather photos. The beach was nearly deserted. Then I rode along the Esplanade to the Southport SLSC, where I get back onto the Shared path which eventually turns into the Federation Walk. As I approached the Sand Pumping pier, the police cordoned off area barrier is still half up.

As normal, I rode to the end of both Spits. Sat at the end of the East 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 Federation Walk to Southport SLSC then along the shared path back to MacIntosh Island opposite Narrowneck at Main Beach. Back at MacIntosh Is. I rode my lap of the Island and then took photos of Peter Peacock and Goosey Lucy and mates.

Stopped for a coffee at Cafe Rockpool, then back to my Northern turnaround point at Lands End. Past the sunken yacht which has now turned around and facing shore. I don't know if the tide and wind did it or some human intervention. I will keep an eye on what is happening. Eventually, I made it home. Another brilliant ride.

Today's ride was: 47.52km at ave 15.8kph
March total to date: 185kms
2019 total: 1,416km.

6:56am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
25.2° - 28kph gusting to 35kph ESE.



6:56am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
Where's the crowd??

6:56am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
There they are.

6:56am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
The beach is chockers.... Maybe not..

8:31am - taken at Mac Intosh Island
This dude scampered along the branch.

7:36am - taken the end of the Spit, looking towards Surfers.
25.7° - 30kph gusting to 33kph ESE.

7:36am - taken the end of the Spit, looking inshore.
25.7° - 30kph gusting to 33kph ESE.

8:33am - taken at MacIntosh Island.
5 of the Island's 8 geese.

8:33am - taken at MacIntosh Island.
3 of the Island's 14 peacocks. Mark the head gardener reckons there are 14 peacocks and 7 peahens and 8 geese.

9:27am - taken just south of the Labrador boat ramp.
It has turned around and is now facing the shore.

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Wed 6th March - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit.

I slept in until 6:45am, got up, had brekky and left by 7:19am. I rode my normal route.
When I left there wasn't a 'puff of wind'. The Broadwater was glassy, I should have stopped and taken a photo, but didn't. At MacIntosh Is, said "hi" to Mark (the head gardener), this is normal. Goosey Lucy and his mates were out and over near the carpark, usually they aren't that close to the road.

Heading towards Surfers, I rode along the bike path on the Esplanade, it is easier than battling the walkers on the shared path.
I stopped at Hanlan street 'lookout' and took my daily weather photos then rode along the Esplanade to the Southport SLSC, where I get back onto the Shared path which eventually turns into the Federation Walk. As I approached the Sand Pumping pier, the police cordoned off area barrier is still half up. Buggered, if I know why it was there in the first place. At the Sand Pumping pier, I spoke to 2 surfers walking back from the beach about the crushed rock etc and they weren't very happy about it. They said it is very rough on their feet.

I rode to the end of both Spits (East is on The Coral Sea, while the West spit is on The Broadwater). Took photos at both ends of the spits, while at the east end, I took some more photos of the waves and spray. There was an odd wave or two in each set that was bigger than the others and caused a bit of spray. It looked good.

Stopped for a coffee at Cafe Rockpool after completing another lap of MacIntosh Is. The Peacocks were out in force. Spoke to Kamal who is manager of cafe Rockpool. After coffee I headed back home. Another brilliant ride.

Today's ride was: 45.81km at ave 17.8kph
March total to date: 138kms
2019 total: 1,369km.

8:05am - My Daily weather photo taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
25.5° - 6kph gusting to 9kph W.



8:05am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.

8:05am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.

8:05am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.

8:05am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.

8:40am - taken the end of the Spit, looking towards Surfers.
26.1° - 7kph gusting to 9kph NW.

8:40am - the beacon at the end of the Spit.
26.1° - 7kph gusting to 9kph NW.

8:57am - taken at the Broadwater end of The Spit.
27.2° - 9kph gusting to 15kph NE.

9:27am - taken at Mac Intosh Is, the friendly Peacocks.

9:38am - taken from the middle of the shared path bridge over the Nerang river. Looking towards Southport Yacht Club.
27.5° - 9kph gusting to 13kph ENE.

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Mon 4th March - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit.

I planned to wake up and get up about 6am but I was buggered, so I slept in and eventually get up, had brekky and left by 7:02am. I rode my normal route. While heading south, I pushed into a headwind. At MacIntosh Is, said "hi" to Mark (the head gardener). Goosey Lucy and his mates were out and eating the grass. Upon my return, I hope to take some photos of them.

Heading towards Surfers, I noticed the increase in pedestrian traffic along the shared path, so I opted for the road. There were fewer cars than people. I stopped at Hanlan street 'lookout' and took my daily weather photos then rode along the Esplanade to the Southport SLSC, where I stopped and take a panaromic of the beach. It was closed, due to the rough seas. Continued along the Federation Walk. As I approached the Sand Pumping pier, the police cordoned off area was still there, and as it was still down in the mid section, I rode through it. At the Sand Pumping pier, some mental gaint (aka who sits at a desk and definitely doesn't ride), has decided to add crushed rock all under the pier. It has now reduced the height under the pier, so as I walk under it, I have to duck as I easily hit my helmet. Also the surfers who surf the break at The Spit used to walk along beautiful soft sand. Now after mental giant's work, it is very rough crushed rock, pebbles etc and would be very hard on bare feet. Some people are real dickheads. Why they did it, God only knows and I doubt that he does.

I rode to the end of both Spits (East is on The Coral Sea, while the West spit is on The Broadwater). while at the east end, I took some more photos of the waves and spray. There was an odd wave or two in each set that was bigger than the others and caused a bit of spray. It looked good. Stopped for a coffee at Cafe Rockpool after completing another lap of MacIntosh Is. Spoke to Kamal who is manager of cafe Rockpool. He asked when he would see Mase (grandson) again, I said soon. After coffee I headed back home. Another brilliant ride.

Today's ride was: 47.16km at ave 16.3kph
March total to date: 92kms
2019 total: 1,323km.

7:32am - Barge and Digger just near the Sundale Bridge.



7:52am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
25.6° - 30kph gusting to 33kph SE.



7:52am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.

7:52am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.

7:52am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.

7:52am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
Cops on Patrol.

8:04am - taken about 100 meters South of Southport SLSC.
25.6° - 30kph gusting to 33kph SE.



8:04am - taken about 100 meters South of Southport SLSC.

8:20am - taken about 20 meters South of the Sand Pumping Pier near the Seaway.
26.2° - 30kph gusting to 33kph SE.

8:27am - taken at the end of The Spit.
26.2° - 30kph gusting to 33kph SE.

8:27am - taken at the end of The Spit. looking towards Surfers.

9:06am - taken at Narrowneck, showing the erosion.
26.8° - 28kph gusting to 32kph SE.



9:06am - taken at Narrowneck. Beach access closed.



9:06am - taken at Narrowneck, showing the erosion.



9:06am - taken at Narrowneck, Beach access closed.



9:18am - Back at MacIntosh Is. 2 of the 8 friendly peacocks.



9:20am - Back at MacIntosh Is. This is the 'alpha' Goosey Lucy.

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Sat 2nd March - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit.

I planned to ride with Jay (my eldest son) but after the weather report on Friday night, we decided to give it a miss. I woke at 6:17am and checked the weather, it was blowing and raining, so it was a good decision not to ride. About 8am, the weather had improved a lot, so I decided to ride my normal route. I left home at 8:18am and while heading south, I had to push into a bugger of a headwind. At MacIntosh Is, I spoke to Mark (the head gardener). On weekends, the 8 geese are let off the island for about 3 hours, then put back on the island.

Heading towards Surfers, there weren't many walkers about, due to the misty rain. I stopped at Hanlan street 'lookout' and took my daily weather photos then rode along the Esplanade to the Southport SLSC, then along the Federation Walk, as I approached the Sand Pumping pier, the police cordoned off area was still there, so I checked it out and someone had pulled down a section of it. It appears that it was erected when the seawall was closed and that 'they' forgot to remove it when they reopened the seawall.

I rode to the ends of both Spits (east and West). Headed off for a coffee at cafe Rockpool via another lap of MacIntosh Is. Spoke to Kamal who is manager of cafe Rockpool. He asked when he would see Mase (grandson) again, I said soon. After coffee I headed back home.

Today's ride was: 44.70km at ave 17.0kph
March total to date: 44kms
Year to date total: 1,275km.

9:06am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
23.0° - 13kph gusting to 17kph S.



9:06am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
Looking North.



9:06am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
Looking East.



9:06am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
Looking South.



9:37am - taken at the end of the Spit.
A boat struggling through the waves.
24.3° - 20kph gusting to 26kph S.



9:37am - taken at the end of the Spit.
Looking towards Surfers.



9:37am - taken at the end of the Spit.
Nice scenery.



9:49am - taken near the Sand Pumping pier(in the background) near the Spit.



11:11am - taken just south of the Labrador boat ramp.
No sign of recovering it, yet.



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Thu 28th February - Surfers, MacIntosh Island and Spit.

Left home at 6:50am and while heading south, I had to push into a bugger of a headwind. At MacIntosh Is, the geese had not been let out and were still on their island behind a fence and not very happy. Heading towards Surfers, the council workers were busy smoothing out the beach after the edge of Cyclone Oma. While riding along the Federation Walk, as I approached the Sand Pumping pier, there is still a police cordoned off area. I don't know why. I rode to the ends of both Spits (east and West). Headed off for a coffee at cafe Rockpool via another lap of MacIntosh Is. Met the new girl (Christina) at cafe rockpool and then headed off to Lands End where I got drowned by a very quick downpour before returning home, looking like a drowned rat.

Today's ride was: 46.59km at ave 16.8kph
February total: 646kms
Year to date total: 1,231km.

6:59am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
22.0° - 44kph gusting to 50kph ESE.



6:59am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
Looking North.



6:59am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
Looking East.



6:59am - taken at Surfers opposite Hanlan St.
Looking South.



7:35am - taken at the end of the Spit.
Looking towards Surfers.

7:35am - taken at the end of the Spit.
Looking East.
21.9° - 35kph gusting to 46kph ESE.



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