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The Spoked Traveller

It never occurred to me to leave my bike at home on my first overseas trip. Twenty years later, nothing has changed. Whether at home, or in a foreign country, riding makes me feel closer to people and places.

I created this site as a hub for all things cycling; it’s a celebration of bike culture. Where to travel next, how to travel, where to get advice, see some cool practical bike fashion, what to eat. I’ll share what I know; and I invite you to do the same.

Over the next few months keep checking in as I’ll be adding some new menu items.

See you on the trails. Melanie

Off the coast of Brisbane, there are three sand dune islands. It's crazy to think that without the tree roots to hold it together, then the entire island would be swept into the ocean... IMG_1503 The less touristy version, Moreton Island, is the third largest and more hippie like-- sign me up. Without paved roads the only way to get around is a 4WD. You can either hire one or go on a tour with a group. IMG_1214And because the barge going over to the island (an hour and half) is down to one boat versus two, the cost is crazy steep: $300 for two days, transport included, and camping (with really stinky sleeping bags, I might add, and hamburgers for supper!)

More hiking outside Brisbane, because really, there isn't too much to do in Brisbane other than shop for bad clothes! Yikes, did I say that? I'm not too keen on their style. But hey, who am I to talk? My reasoning is that Aussie's must wear uniforms to school-- and that means they cannot wear a scarf, or piece of jewellery. Heck, they get expelled if they dye their hair. So much for self-expression. But I digress. We drove north of the city to The Glass Mountains. It was the series of 16 volcanic crags that I saw from the plane--the ones that rise dramatically from a completely flat surface and shoot back down. IMG_9112         Tres cool rock climbing opportunities and caves.

  kangerooI'm exhausted from almost 20 hours in transit from Toronto to Los Angeles to Brisbane, Australia, but I want to share my first day. It's 4:30 am back home, but I have just enough energy to tell you a few things. Arriving over Brisbane, the mountains looked like piles of sugar on a flat surface. Little strange peaks. In Brisbane, the roads don't make sense. Turns out convicts built part of the city back in 1900's, when the British thought Aussie would be a great place for their overflow of prisoners. Eucalyptus trees at Coot-tha Park. IMG_8994    

Ok, by now many of you have seen the story, Don't date a girl who Travels, which was quickly countered with, Date a Girl who Travels. If not, here they are: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephanie-ridhalgh/date-a-girl-who-travels_b_4719605.html Ah, no thanks. A girl knows what she wants. IMG_6359 (640x359)   The initial story painted the travelling girl as a dating flight risk: she's nomadic, she won't love you ever as much as backpacking. Well, there is some truth to that.