This webpage will list my riding adventures
starting 21st July 2020.

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.



    13. Thu 17th Sep - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 53.97kms.
    12. Sun 13th Sep - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit - 52.49kms.
    11. Thu 10th Sep - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 54.01kms.
    10. Fri 4th Sep - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 45.25kms.
    09. Thu 3rd Sep - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 41.86kms.
    08. Wed 2nd Sep - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 53.39kms.
    07. Mon 31st Aug - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 52.51kms.
    06. Thu 27th Aug - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 52.83kms.
    05. Tue 25th Aug - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 51.70kms.
    04. Thu 13th Aug - NO RIDING - Doctor's Orders - The Spit is CLOSED.
    03. Wed 29th Jul - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 53.56kms.
    02. Thu 23rd Jul - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 54.85kms.
    01. Tue 21st Jul - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 53.83kms.

    Thu 17th Sep - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 53.97kms.

    Today's highlight was: just the enjoyment of riding.
    While The Spit is under going major enhancements, so instead of doing laps of The Spit area etc totalling about 12kms, I decided to extend my ride through Surfers down to Hedges Ave, Broadbeach and then back to Surfers and The Spit as normal.

    I left at 8:16am. The breeze was very light and slowly building from the South East. It was sunny and warm.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. The Broadwater was looking so beautiful, that I just had to take a photo. I continued down to MacIntosh Is, did a lap. Over the Bridge at Narrowneck then along the road through Surfers. Continued on through to the South side of Broadbeach. Stopped out the front of Kurrawa Surf Club for a quick rest and photos, before heading back to my normal spot at Surfers with a soft building headwind, just near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the various shared paths, and weaved between varying numbers of walkers.

    I rode along Federation Walk to the Seaway. Due to the Spit reconstruction, I now turn off Federation Walk just before the Sand Pumping Pier. I rode along the path parallel to the Seaway until it was blocked, then rode to the other Spit to where it is blocked, then rode a lap of Doug Jennings Park. After leaving The Spit, I now ride on recently completed Shared Path that runs beside Seaworld Drive, did 2 laps of the Shared Path. At the end, I rode through Muriel Henchman Park.
    I rode along the bike lane and as I approached the Seaworld Conferenece Centre, the Tickford Supercars Transporters had left and should be at The Bend for this weekend's racing.

    Continuing on my ride, I rode through the Seaworld carpark, followed by the Marina Mirage path and out to Helitours, before heading back to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water and spoke to Mark - the head gardener about Goosey Lucy and mates. I haven't seen the 13 geese for months. Mark told me that most of the females are sitting on eggs. So watch this space for updates.
    Heading homeward, I stopped at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee, then a lap of 'our' caravan park, I counted 71 caravans, 3 less than last Sunday 13th Sep.

    Arrived at home.

    As usual, it was absolutely magic.

    Today's ride was: 53.97km at ave 16.7kph
    September total to date: 301kms
    2020 total: 3,559.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Broadbeach - Surfers - Spit(#635) - ride #210 - morning ride - sunny - 20-23deg 6-26kph Var

    8:23am - At my Northerly turnaround point - looking along The Broadwater back to Southport - Very nice.

    9:19am - Looking at Broadbeach - taken near Kurrawa Surf Club.

    Kurrawa Surf Club.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    9:40am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:40am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:40am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Back to the top.

    Sun 13th Sep - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit - 52.49kms.

    Today's highlight was: seeing the Tickford Supercar Team still back at Seaworld Conference Centre.
    While The Spit is under going major enhancements, so instead of doing laps of The Spit area etc totalling about 12kms, I decided to extend my ride through Surfers down to Hedges Ave, Broadbeach and then back to Surfers and The Spit as normal.

    I left at 11:12am. The breeze was very light and building from the South East. It was sunny and warm.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is, did a lap. Over the Bridge at Narrowneck then along the road through Surfers. Continued on through to the South side of Broadbeach. Stopped for a quick rest, before heading back to my normal spot at Surfers with a beautiful tailwind, just near Hanlan St. I stopped at my usual spot and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the various shared paths, and weaved between the many Sunday walkers.

    I rode along Federation Walk to the Seaway. Due to the Spit reconstruction, I now turn off Federation Walk just before the Sand Pumping Pier. I rode along the path parallel to the Seaway until it was blocked, then rode to the other Spit to where it is blocked, then rode a lap of Doug Jennings Park. After leaving The Spit, I now ride on recently completed Shared Path that runs beside Seaworld Drive, did 2 laps of the Shared Path. At the end, I rode through Muriel Henchman Park.
    I rode along the bike lane and as I approached the Seaworld Conferenece Centre, the Tickford Supercars Transporters were still there, so I went in and took a few photos. Noone was about and everything was locked up, so the crew were having a rest day.

    Continuing on my ride, I headed straight to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water before heading homeward. As I had a coffee at Lab Park before today's ride, I didn't stop at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee. I limit myself to one coffee a day.
    SO I continued homeward via a lap of 'our' caravan park, I counted 74 caravans, 12 more than last Thur 10th Sep.

    Arrived at home. Quite pleasant.

    As usual, it was absolutely magic.

    Today's ride was: 52.49km at ave 17.5kph
    September total to date: 247kms
    2020 total: 3,505.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Broadbeach - Surfers - Spit(#634) - ride #209 - lunch ride - sunny - 20-22deg 11-22kph SE

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    12:20pm - at Surfers - looking North.

    12:20pm - at Surfers - looking East.

    12:20pm - at Surfers - looking South.

    The YOT Club approaching The Spit.

    Tickford Supercar's Teams are still at Seaworld Conference Centre.

    Back to the top.

    Thu 10th Sep - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 54.01kms.

    Today's highlight was: seeing the Tickford Supercar Team back at Seaworld Conference Centre.
    While The Spit is under going major enhancements, so instead of doing laps of The Spit area etc totalling about 12kms, I decided to extend my ride through Surfers down to Hedges Ave, Broadbeach and then back to Surfers and The Spit as normal.

    I left at 8:20am. The breeze was very light and building from the South. It was overcast and ready to rain, with a forecast of rain. I had my spray jacket at the ready.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is, did a lap. Over the Bridge at Narrowneck then along the road through Surfers. It was here that I got 7 drops of rain on me. Continued on through to the South side of Broadbeach. Stopped for a quick rest, before heading back to my normal spot at Surfers, just near Hanlan St. I stopped at my usual spot and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the various shared paths, and weaved between the walkers.

    I rode along Federation Walk to the Seaway. Due to the Spit reconstruction, I now turn off Federation Walk just before the Sand Pumping Pier. I rode along the path parallel to the Seaway until it was blocked, then rode to the other Spit to where it is blocked, then rode a couple of laps of Doug Jennings Park. After leaving The Spit, I now ride on recently completed Shared Path that runs beside Seaworld Drive. At the end, I rode through Muriel Henchman Park and stopped at the beach and took a couple of photos.
    I rode along the bike lane and as I approached the Seaworld Conferenece Centre, I spotted the Tickford Supercars Transporters, they were back.
    The Supercars were at Townsville last weekend and are racing at Tailem Bend next Saturday week, so I expected the teams to drive straight from Townsville to Tailem Bend. They obviously didn't.
    So, I naturally stopped to grab a photo or two, when some guy walks out holding a laptop, so I spoke to him. He said the team was here until next Tuesday when they travel to Tailem Bend for 2 weekends racing then travel back to Seaworld until they go to Bathurst. Bathurst is the last round for this season. They then may go home and relax. They have been away from their families for months. I wished him all the best and continued on my ride.

    Heading along the piers near Marina Mirage then along the shared paths back to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water before heading homeward.

    Stopped at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee, then continued homeward via a lap of 'our' caravan park, I counted 62 caravans, 2 less than last Fri 4th Sep.

    Arrived at home. Quite pleasant. Even if it drizzled a little bit.

    As usual, it was absolutely magic.

    Today's ride was: 54.01km at ave 16.9kph
    September total to date: 195kms
    2020 total: 3,452.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Broadbeach - Surfers - Spit(#633) - cafe Rockpool - ride #208 - morning ride - drizzly - 17-19deg 9-37kph S

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    9:33am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:33am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:33am - at Surfers - looking South.

    View from my new rest stop at Muriel Henchman Park.

    View from my new rest stop at Muriel Henchman Park.

    Tickford Supercar's Transporters at Seaworld Conference Centre.

    Back to the top.

    Fri 4th Sep - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 45.25kms.

    Today's highlight was: nearly riding over a 1m eastern Brown Snake. I think it was a baby.
    Lowlight was by the time I stopped and grabbed my camera, the snake was gone into the long grass.

    I left at 7:57am. The breeze was medium and building from the North West. As it was 20degs, I didn't need to wear my second jersey and tights.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is, did a lap. Over the Bridge at Narrowneck then along the road to my normal spot at Surfers, just near Hanlan St. I stopped at my usual spot and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the various shared paths, and weaved between the walkers.

    I rode along Federation Walk to the Seaway. Due to the Spit reconstruction, I now turn off Federation Walk just before the Sand Pumping Pier.
    As I turned towards the road which is less than 20 meters away, a 1meter baby eastern brown snake was crossing the gravel track. As it saw me, it sped up and then stopped and raised its head in a striking pose. Luckily, I was outside its reach. I stopped and quickly walked back with my phone at the ready to take a photo BUT the little bugger had done a 'runner' into the long grass. Snake 1 Frosty zero.
    You definitely don't go looking for Eastern browns in long grass. I continued my ride.
    I rode along the path parallel to the Seaway until it was blocked, then rode to the other Spit to where it is blocked, then rode a couple of laps of Doug Jennings Park. After leaving The Spit, I now ride on the recently completed Shared Path that runs beside Seaworld Drive. At the end, I rode through Muriel Henchman Park and stopped at the beach and ate my banana.
    I rode along the bike lane upto and through Seaworld, before heading along the piers near Marina Mirage.

    Continued back to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water before heading homeward.

    Stopped at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee, then continued homeward via a lap of 'our' caravan park, I counted 75 caravans, 15 more than yesterday.

    Arrived at home. Quite pleasant.

    It was absolutely magic.

    Today's ride was: 45.25km at ave 15.4kph
    September total to date: 141kms
    2020 total: 3,398.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#632) - Cafe Rockpool - ride #210 - morning ride - sunny - 20-25deg 6-32kph NW

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:42am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:42am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:42am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Back to the top.

    Thu 3rd Sep - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 41.86kms.

    Today's highlight was: just completing the ride, I was a bit buggered beforehand.


    I slept in and didn't leave until 8:47am. The breeze was medium and building from the North West. As it was 20degs, I didn't need to wear my second jersey and tights.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is, did a lap. Over the Bridge at Narrowneck then along the road to my normal spot at Surfers, just near Hanlan St. I stopped at my usual spot and took my weather photos and met my new friend "C Gull". I headed off to the Spit along the various shared paths, and weaved between the walkers.

    I rode along Federation Walk to the Seaway. Due to the Spit reconstruction, I now turn off Federation Walk just before the Sand Pumping Pier. I rode along the path parallel to the Seaway until it was blocked, then rode to the other Spit to where it is blocked, then rode a couple of laps of Doug Jennings Park. After leaving The Spit, I now ride on recently completed Shared Path that runs beside Seaworld Drive. At the end, I rode through Muriel Henchman Park and stopped at the beach and took a couple of photos.
    I rode along the bike lane upto and through Seaworld, before heading along the piers near Marina Mirage.

    Continued back to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water before heading homeward.

    Stopped at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee, then continued homeward via a lap of 'our' caravan park, I counted 60 caravans, 1 less than last Wednesday 2nd Sep.

    Arrived at home. Quite pleasant.

    Today's ride was: 41.86km at ave 16.2kph
    September total to date: 95kms
    2020 total: 3,353.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#631) - Cafe Rockpool - ride #209 - morning ride - sunny - 20-26deg 7-22kph NW

    My new friend "C Gull".

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    9:33am - at Surfers - looking North.

    9:33am - at Surfers - looking East.

    9:33am - at Surfers - looking South.

    Back to the top.

    Wed 2nd Sep - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 53.39kms.

    Today's highlight was: the sheer joy of riding.
    While The Spit is under going major enhancements, so instead of doing laps of The Spit area etc totalling about 12kms, I decided to extend my ride through Surfers down to Hedges Ave, Broadbeach and then back to Surfers and The Spit as normal.

    I left at 6:45am. The breeze was medium and building from the North East. Even though it was 19degs, the wind chill made me wear my second jersey and tights.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is, did a lap. Over the Bridge at Narrowneck then along the road through Surfers and through to the South side of Broadbeach. Stopped for a quick rest, before heading back to my normal spot at Surfers, just near Hanlan St. I stopped at my usual spot and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the various shared paths, and weaved between the walkers.

    I rode along Federation Walk to the Seaway. Due to the Spit reconstruction, I now turn off Federation Walk just before the Sand Pumping Pier. I rode along the path parallel to the Seaway until it was blocked, then rode to the other Spit to where it is blocked, then rode a couple of laps of Doug Jennings Park. After leaving The Spit, I now ride on recently completed Shared Path that runs beside Seaworld Drive. At the end, I rode through Muriel Henchman Park and stopped at the beach and took a couple of photos.
    I rode along the bike lane upto and through Seaworld, stopping for a photo, before heading along the piers near Marina Mirage.

    Continued back to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water before heading homeward.

    Stopped at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee, then continued homeward via a lap of 'our' caravan park, I counted 61 caravans, 3 less than last Monday 31st Aug.

    Arrived at home. Quite pleasant.

    It was absolutely magic.

    Today's ride was: 53.39km at ave 16.2kph
    September total to date: 53kms
    2020 total: 3,311.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Broadbeach - Surfers - Spit(#630) - cafe Rockpool - ride #208 - morning ride - sunny - 19-24deg 17-26kph NE

    7:41am - My Turnaround point just opposite 272 Hedges Ave, Broadbeach.

    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.

    The view across the Broadwater.

    The view across the Broadwater.

    This guy was buzzing overhead.

    Then came into land..

    Successfully and safely.

    The view from Muriel henchman Park.

    I was 20 minutes before opening time.

    Back to the top.

    Mon 31st Aug - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 52.51kms.

    Today's highlight was: the sheer joy of riding.
    While The Spit is under going major enhancements, so instead of doing laps of The Spit area etc totalling about 12kms, I decided to extend my ride through Surfers down to Hedges Ave, Broadbeach and then back to Surfers and The Spit as normal.

    I left at 7:28am. The breeze was very light and building from the North West. It was warm enough to leave my second jersey and tights at home.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is, did a lap. Over the Bridge at Narrowneck then along the road through Surfers and through to the South side of Broadbeach. Stopped for a quick rest, before heading back to my normal spot at Surfers, just near Hanlan St. I stopped at my usual spot and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the various shared paths, and weaved between the walkers.

    I rode along Federation Walk to the Seaway. Due to the Spit reconstruction, I now turn off Federation Walk just before the Sand Pumping Pier. I rode along the path parallel to the Seaway until it was blocked, then rode to the other Spit to where it is blocked, then rode a couple of laps of Doug Jennings Park. After leaving The Spit, I now ride on recently completed Shared Path that runs beside Seaworld Drive. At the end, I rode through Muriel Henchman Park and stopped at the beach and took a couple of photos.
    I rode along the bike lane upto and through Seaworld before heading along the piers near Marina Mirage.

    Continued back to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water before heading homeward.

    Stopped at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee, then continued homeward via a lap of 'our' caravan park, I counted 64 caravans, 9 less than last Thurs 27th Aug.

    Arrived at home. Quite pleasant.

    It was absolutely magic.

    Today's ride was: 52.51km at ave 16.3kph
    August total to date: 157kms
    2020 total: 3,258.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Broadbeach - Surfers - Spit(#629) - cafe Rockpool - ride #207 - morning ride - sunny - 15-23deg 7-26kph NW

    8:24am - New Turnaround point just opposite 272 Hedges Ave, Broadbeach.

    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.

    My new rest stop at Muriel Henchman Park.

    'OUR' Whale Watching boat heading out again.

    At Muriel Henchman Park looking West.

    At Muriel Henchman Park looking North.

    Back to the top.

    Thu 26th Aug - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 52.83kms.

    Today's highlight was: the sheer joy of riding.
    I have seen that The Spit is under going major enhancement works, so instead of doing laps of The Spit area etc totalling about 12kms, I decided to extend my ride through Surfers down to Hedges Ave, Broadbeach and then back to Surfers and The Spit as normal.

    I left at 7:37am. The breeze was very light and mainly from the South East. It was warm enough to leave my second jersey and tights at home.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is, did a lap. Over the Bridge at Narrowneck then along the road through Surfers and through to the South side of Broadbeach. Stopped for a quick rest, before heading back to my normal spot at Surfers, just near Hanlan St. I stopped at my usual spot and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the various shared paths, and weaved between the walkers.

    I rode along Federation Walk to the Seaway. Due to the Spit reconstruction, I now turn off Federation Walk just before the Sand Pumping Pier. I rode along the path parallel to the Seaway until it was blocked, then rode to the other Spit and it was blocked, then rode a couple of laps of Doug Jennings Park. While riding the laps, I noticed that the new shared path that has been built alongside Seaworld Drive, is now open. So I rode it. At the end, I rode through Muriel Henchman Park and stopped at the beach and took a couple of photos.
    I rode along the bike lane upto and through Seaworld before heading along the piers near Marina Mirage.

    Continued back to MacIntosh island. Stopped for some water before heading homeward.

    Stopped at Cafe Rockpool for a coffee, then continued homeward via a lap of 'our' caravan park, I counted 73 caravans, 2 more than on Tue 25th Aug.

    Arrived at home. Quite pleasant.

    It was absolutely magic.

    Today's ride was: 52.83km at ave 16.1kph
    August total to date: 105kms
    2020 total: 3,205.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Broadbeach - Surfers - Spit(#628) - cafe Rockpool - ride #206 - morning ride - sunny/cool - 14-20deg 7-20kph SE

    New Turnaround point just South of Broadbeach.

    Kurrawa Surf Club at Broadbeach.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:53am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:53am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:53am - at Surfers - looking South.

    At Muriel Henchman Park looking South West.

    At Muriel Henchman Park looking West.

    At Muriel Henchman Park looking North West.

    Back to the top.

    Tue 25th Aug - Lands End, GC600 Park, Broadbeach, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 51.70kms.

    Today's highlight was: the sheer joy of riding again after a 4 week layoff.
    I have seen that The Spit is under going major enhancement works, so instead of doing laps of The Spit area etc totalling about 12kms, I decided to extend my ride through Surfers down to Hedges Ave, Broadbeach and then back to Surfers and The Spit as normal.

    I left at 6:45am. The breeze was very light and variable and cool enough that I needed to wear a second jersey and tights.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is, did a lap. Noticed that the Bridge is now open, so rode over there to Narrowneck then along the road through Surfers and through to the South side of Broadbeach. Stopped for a quick rest, before heading back to my normal spot at Surfers, just near Hanlan St. I stopped at my usual spot and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the various shared paths, and weaved between the walkers.

    I rode along Federation Walk to the Seaway. EXCEPT right at the Seaway there is a construction area with fences etc and you can't get through. In future, I need to head over to Seaworld Dve at the Sand Pumping Pier. I rode along the path parallel to the Seaway until it was blocked, then rode to the other Spit and it was blcoked, then rode a couple of laps of Doug Jennings Park. While riding the laps, I noticed that the new shared path that has been built alongside Seaworld Drive, is now open. So I rode it. very nice EXCEPT...it comes to an abrupt end, right opposite the Seaworld Conference Centre. There is a 50 meter gap between the end and where the existing footpath begins. Unreal.
    I rode along the bike lane on Seaworld Drive before heading along the piers near Marina Mirage. Checking out Helitours, it is still operating.

    Continued back to MacIntosh island. Stopped and asked Mark, if all the 13 geese are still here. He said that they are, BUT there is internal fighting amongst the dominant males. I rode 1 lap, stopped for some water before heading homeward.

    As I approached cafe Rockpool, there was no one waiting, so I stopped and had a coffee. The girl said that I haven't been there for awhile. I explained why I hadn't. I sat down and drank my coffee.

    Continued homeward via a lap of 'our' caravan park, I counted 71 caravans, 10 less than on Wed 29th July.

    Arrived at home. Quite pleasant.

    It was absolutely magic, back on my bike. I did miss it so much and managed to increase my weight by a kilo or two or three.

    Today's ride was: 51.70km at ave 15.5kph
    August total to date: 51kms
    2020 total: 3,152.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Broadbeach - Surfers - Spit(#627) - cafe Rockpool - ride #205 - morning ride - sunny/cool - 10-19deg 7-15kph S

    Panoramic near Broadbeach.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:12am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:12am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:12am - at Surfers - looking South.

    8:47am - Seaway promenade now blocked for enhancements.

    8:51am - Moondarewa Spit now blocked for enhancements.

    Magic day on The Broadwater.

    The new Shared path beside Seaworld Drive.

    Peter and Penny Peacock.

    Goosey Lucy and mates.

    Goosey Lucy and mates.

    Back to the top.

    36. Thu 13th Aug - NO RIDING - Doctor's Orders - The Spit is CLOSED.

    I had a couple of skin cancers cut out and have been grounded for minimum of 3 weeks. Can't do anything with my left arm. Doctor said NO RIDING. Bastard!!

    Well Today, I couldn't stand it anymore, so I drove 'Spotto" to The Spit.

    To my shock, horror. Both Spits are barricaded off as the Council is doing major enhancements and they plan to be closed until Xmas.
    Bugger... There goes my sitting on my rock at the end of the Spit. My rock probably wont be there after the completion.

    The Spit is being enhanced.

    The Spit is being enhanced.

    Can you spot the beacon at the end of the Spit.

    Can you spot the beacon at the end of the Spit.

    Getting closer.

    Here it tis.
    Not a bad zoom on my camera. (Still wasn't full zoom.)

    Back to the top.

    Wed 29th Jul - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 53.56kms

    Today's highlight was: the magnificent weather - Coral Sea was like a mill pond with a small shorebreak.

    I left at 7:22am. The breeze was very light and variable and warm enough that I didn't need to wear a second jersey or tights.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Said "Hi" to Mark and Nige. Continued on my way to Surfers. The bridge from MacIntosh island to Narrowneck is still blocked and still don't know when it will open. Very weird. I rode 1 lap of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the various shared paths, and weaved between the walkers.

    I rode along Federation Walk to the Seaway then rode a lap of Doug Jennings Park (1.5km), then another lap extending to the end of Moondarewa Spit (inland spit) (3.5km). Then another lap of the Doug Jennings Park, then out to the end of The Spit (seaward spit). Sat on my rock, and ate my banana. Then repeated my ride back to Moondarewa Spit and another lap of the shared path of the Doug Jennings Park.

    Then rode back along Seaworld Dve and stopped to look at the Tickford Supercars but everything was locked up and noone was around. Continued past the Southport SLSC. Arriving back at MacIntosh island, I rode 1 lap, stopped for some water before heading homeward.

    As I approached cafe Rockpool, there was no one waiting, so I stopped and had a coffee. A bit different from Sunday's queue. I sat down and drank my coffee.

    Continued homeward via a lap of 'our' caravan park, I counted 81 caravans, 12 less than on Thursday.

    Arrived at home. Quite pleasant.

    Another great ride.

    Today's ride was: 53.56km at ave 17.4kph
    July total to date: 499kms
    2020 total: 3,101.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#626) - Cafe Rockpool - ride #204 - morning ride - sunny - 13-21deg 6-17kph Var

    Panoramic at the End of The Spit.

    Panoramic at Narrowneck near Main Beach.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:07am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:07am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:07am - at Surfers - looking South.

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

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

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    Thu 23rd Jul - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 54.85kms

    Today's highlight was: watching the Tickford Supercar teams playing with their cars.

    I left at 10:21am. The breeze was light and building from the South and warm enough that I didn't need to wear my spray jacket.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Said "Hi" to Mark. Continued on my way to Surfers. The bridge from MacIntosh island to Narrowneck is still blocked and still don't know when it will open. Very weird. I rode 1 lap of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the various shared paths, and weaved between the walkers.

    I rode halfway along Federation Walk then along Seaworld Dve to the Seaworld Conference Centre where the 2 big B double Tickford transporters were parked. As I rode in, Cam Water's Mustang was parked beside the transporters and the mechanics were tuning it. I walked around taking photos and spoke to the guys. One of them asked if I wanted to come inside, which I jumped at. I was that excited, my inside photos were blurry as I was shaking.

    I continued to the Seaway then rode a lap of Doug Jennings Park (1.5km), then another lap extending to the end of Moondarewa Spit (inland spit) (3.5km). Then another lap of the Doug Jennings Park, then out to the end of The Spit (seaward spit). Sat on my rock, and ate my banana. Then repeated my ride back to Moondarewa Spit and another lap of the shared path of the Doug Jennings Park.

    Then rode back along Seaworld Dve and stopped again to look at the cars but everything was locked up and noone was around. Later, I found out that the 2 cars and team were 'displaying their skill' at the Seaworld water display. Finally, continued past the Southport SLSC. Arriving back at MacIntosh island, I rode 1 lap, stopped for some water before heading homeward.

    As I approached cafe Rockpool, there was no one waiting, so I stopped and had a coffee. A bit different from Sunday's queue. I sat down and drank my coffee.

    Continued homeward via a lap of 'our' caravan park, I counted 93 caravans, 3 more than on Tuesday.

    Arrived at home. Quite pleasant.

    Another great ride.

    Today's ride was: 54.85km at ave 16.2kph
    July total to date: 446kms
    2020 total: 3,047.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#625) - Cafe Rockpool - ride #203 - morning ride - overcast - 17-19deg 11-26kph S

    Cam Water's Mustang just warming up.

    Water's and LeBroc's Mustangs.

    The B Doubles.

    Team Transporters.

    Team Transporters.

    Looking through the door to the inside workshop.

    Sorry. It's blurry. I was shaking with excitement.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    11:17am - at Surfers - looking North.

    11:17am - at Surfers - looking East.

    11:17am - at Surfers - looking South.

    12:29pm - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    12:29pm - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

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    Tue 21st Jul - Lands End, GC600 Park, Surfers, The Spit, Cafe Rockpool - 53.83kms

    Today's highlight was: watching the Firemen practicing on their brand new $1.8m Fire truck with a 33m extendable ladder. Bloody nice.

    I left at 7:41am. The breeze was light and building from the South and warm enough that I didn't need to wear my spray jacket.

    As usual, I rode Northward to my Lands End turnaround point. I continued down to MacIntosh Is. Said "Hi" to Mark. Continued on my way to Surfers. The bridge from MacIntosh island to Narrowneck is still blocked and still don't know when it will open. Very weird. I rode 1 lap of the park.
    I headed to Surfers along the Esplanade, and stopped at my usual spot near Hanlan St and took my weather photos. I headed off to the Spit along the various shared paths, and weaved between the walkers.

    I rode along Federation Walk to the Seaway then rode a lap of Doug Jennings Park (1.5km), then another lap extending to the end of Moondarewa Spit (inland spit) (3.5km). Then another lap of the Doug Jennings Park, then out to the end of The Spit (seaward spit). Sat on my rock, and ate my banana. Then repeated my ride back to Moondarewa Spit and another lap of the shared path of the Doug Jennings Park.

    Then rode back along the gravel path again. Past the Southport SLSC. Arriving back at MacIntosh island, I noticed the Firemen and their big truck. I stopped and chatted to them, then rode 1 lap, stopped for some water before heading homeward. As I passed the firetruck, I stopped and took photos. As I was doing this the head guy walked over and started telling me about their $1.8m brand new firetruck with an extendable ladder upto 33m, today was at 22m. He also said they were training the new firemen to climb the ladder. Nice guy.

    As I approached cafe Rockpool, there was no one waiting, so I stopped and had a coffee. A bit different from Sunday's queue. I sat down and drank my coffee.

    Continued homeward via a lap of 'our' caravan park, I counted 90 caravans, 9 less than on Sunday.

    Arrived at home. Quite pleasant.

    Another great ride.

    Today's ride was: 53.83km at ave 16.7kph
    July total to date: 391kms
    2020 total: 2,992.
    2019 total: 5,366.
    Today's ride summary:
    Lands End - GC600 Park - Surfers - Spit(#624) - Cafe Rockpool - ride #202 - morning ride - overcast to sunny - 15-20deg 11-30kph S

    Training new recruits on their brand new $1.8m firetruck.

    Goosey Lucy and mates wanted their photo published.

    At my normal spot opposite Hanlan St.

    8:27am - at Surfers - looking North.

    8:27am - at Surfers - looking East.

    8:27am - at Surfers - looking South.

    9:19am - Normal photo of Surfers taken from The Spit.

    9:19am - at the Spit - looking towards the shore.

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