The rest (Blue Mountains, Avoca Beach and Sydney(Bike Polo,Alley-Cat)

Blue Mountains

This place is famous for its world listed rock formations, the Three Sisters. However, due to the extremely misty (plus stormy) weather, Could only manage to see one of the Three Sis.
One of the Sisters

Ride around the village was fairly present and scenic

Short ride around Katoomba

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Avoca Beach

A bit of bike ride day to see my friend Jack and Jules who live in Avoca Beach. It was a beautiful spot just some 100km north of Sydney. I actually loved this place and the lifestyle people there are having. If I would describe the life style as "every day is a holiday". Hope I can have this sort of lifestyle in the future.
Its good to live near the beach.
Sydney CDB - Circular Quay

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Circular Quay -(Ferry)- Manly
Manly- Palm Beach

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Palm Beach --(Ferry)-- Ettalong Beach
Ettalong Beach - Avoca Beach

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Catch up with bike polo crew in Sydney. As bike polo is still not an official sport each city has a different rule. For example in Sydney, the court size of the polo is much much bigger. I felt like playing soccer. It was interesting to play with different rule but It is essential to have a standard rule in order to have national/international competition. But there are common rules as well. It was to have fun games with beer!

Luckily, I had a chance to join an alley-cat as well the last day of the trip. It was my first time to ride around Sydney CBD so was fairly hard to make my own way but its was very enjoyable and got a good idea of Sydney. (Super luckily!! I got a prize as well) Thanks Stephanaa, Lewes and many Sydney crew for such a great time.

for information on Bike Polo and other bike related events in Sydney, visit Le Pista Resistance .

That's it. It was a great trip.

In the train to Blue Mountains. Its a cool system, isn't it?


Canberra 2

Morning Ride: Canberra City YHA--> Red Hill -->Lake Burley Griffin--> Black Mountain (Telestra Tower) --> National University of Australia
Afternoon Ride: Canberra City YHA-->Old Parliament (Democracy Museum of Australia)--> Australia Parliament---> Embassies --->Lake Burley Griffin

Morning Hill Ride

The 2nd day in Canberra. A bit of exercise from the early morning. Did a good ride plus 2 hill climbs of Red Hill (721m) and Black Mountain (812m) . Bike path along the Lake Burley Griggin is well maintain and the beautifully modified landscape of the city and cool temperature gives me perfect venue to cycle.

Afternoon Political Ride

After lunch, head toward the old and present parliament. I took a free tour at the old parliament which allow me to learn the history of the parliament building and formation of democracy in Australia. I am not particularly into these two areas but It was good to know anyway.

After the parliament tours, I had a look at the embassy area of Canberra . It was really interesting area as you can see many different type of building from all over the world in such a small area.

Left Canberra at 4.00p.m. arrived Sydney 7.30p.m.

Tomorrow is Blue Mountains. Hope the weather won't get worse.



Well well well, shortly after my birthday, somehow now I am in Canberra, the bush capital of Australia. Since I have took a red eye flight from Perth to Sydney and straight to Canberra by bus I didn't have much sleep from yesterday morning today. However I visited some sites.

I was surprised the fact that here in Canberra I can't really find Aussies in T-shirts and shorts, and it also made me realised that Perth's winter is not winter. Its COOLER SUMMER!!

As Canberra is perfectly designed city. Its really hard to get lost. It means its a great place to cycle around! Actually I found many people cycling on the rode. However drivers here seem a bit nasty. Even there many riders are No fixies are spotted.

Until the sleepiness stops me writing I write about the place I visited today.

The war memorial. This well maintained place would be sensational if you are found of architecture or history of Wars in general.

Humm, I don't think I can continue anymore too sleepless, dude. Good night.


Harvest Ride

Great ride, good hills, fresh fruits!

organic apples

It is pretty awesome that just one and half hour ride take you to a beautiful country. I think this is one of the privilege of living in Perth. Reasonable up hills of 5km make your leg muscles stimulate and the friendliness and welcome of the village people make you wish to come back again. The scenery of Perth form the hill is just breathtaking.
We got this far!

To enjoy this ride, it is strongly recommended to depart in the early morning as traffic gets pretty busy even in the late morning also waking up early make your day longer.

Ride Facts

Tour Date:03/MAY/2009
Number of Participants: 2 (Yohei, Joel)
Weather: Sunny
Avarage: - km/h
Max Speed: - km/h
Course: Perth--(Bike)--Perth Hill--(Bike)--Pickering Brook--(Farm Walk+Breakfast)--Pickering Brook--(Bike)--Perth
Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Traffic: Busy (Specially on Welshpool rd)
Would you do this again?: No doubt, Definitely

Japanese style garden (?)

Sunset from Subiaco


Harvest Ride (3/MAY/09)

You never shall forget to appreciate farmers' contribution for us. That's the concept of this ride.

This week we will head off to Pickering Brook, to see their autumn harvest festival.
Bickley & Carmel Harvest Festival http://www.bickleycarmeltourism.jkwh.com/HarvestFestival2009.htm

Ride Date: 03/MAY/2009(SUN)
Destination: Pickering Brook(Proposed Course)
Rode Type: On road (All Sealed)
Bike Type: ANY
Departure Time: 7.30am
Departure Point: Forrest Place, Perth (In front of round thingi)

Riding Distance: 68.5km

*As usual experience is not required, but your guts are

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Heaps of uphills are waiting for you!!! Hope see you all on sunday.


NJS Sale

Since one of my friends from Japan is visiting me, he can give you good offer for NJS parts!!

There are range of parts on sale, and he try to make it reasonably cheap as it will be directly from Japan in his hands.

Prices are all negotiable. If you tell me what you want, leave comment here or give me a massage to okamotoy@hotmail.co.jp I will advise you how much it will be.

There are more range of NJS parts. Click here for more.

Application close on 13th of May 2009