Trip Diary

08-2012 Peel Island (An Ekka tradition)
08-2012 Moreton Island
07-2012 Rocky Point
06-2012 Blakesleys
06-2012 The Bedroom
05-2012 Breakfast on Karragarra
05-2012 St Helena
05-2012 Perigee Bedroom
02-2012 Queen Mary II
02-2012 Mud Island
11-2011 St Helena
11-2011 Shorncliffe to Redcliffe
10-2011 Weinam Ck to Dunwich
10-2011 Peel Island
10-2011 Breakfast on Karragarra
10-2011 St Helena and Green Island
09-2011 Wivenhoe Dam
08-2011 Fraser Island
08-2011 Canaipa Passage
08-2011 Karragarra
08-2011 Stradbroke Island
07-2011 St Helena
07-2011 So long, and thanks for all the fish.
05-2011 Green Island
05-2011 Wivenhoe Dam
04-2011 Upper Noosa River Weekend
04-2011 Easter at Woodgate
04-2011 Mud Island
04-2011 Karragarra for Breakfast
02-2011 Bongaree
02-2011 St Helena
01-2011 Weinam Ck to Blakesleys
10-2010 Moore to Blackbutt Rail Trail
10-2010 Whitsundays
09-2010 Mud Island
09-2010 Redcliffe
09-2010 Girraween
08-2010 Upper Noosa River
08-2010 Potts Point
08-2010 Peel Island
08-2010 Gateway to City Bike Ride
08-2010 Mud Island
07-2010 Blakesleys Afternoon Paddle
07-2010 Kedron Brook to Scaborough (and return)
04-2010 Colmslie Beach
04-2010 Brighton Park
01-2010 Nundah Creek
01-2010 Blakesleys
01-2010 Upper Noosa River (with a difference)
01-2010 New Year Paddle
12-2009 Potts Point
08-2009 Raby Bay to Peel Island
08-2009 Wynnum Creek to King Island
07-2009 Sandgate to Redcliffe
05-2009 St Helena
04-2009 Wellington Point to Peel
04-2009 Breakfast on Karragarra
03-2009 King Island
03-2009 Mission Point
03-2009 Mud Island
01-2009 Morning Tea at The Pin
01-2009 Circumnavigate Macleay Island
01-2009 New Year Recovery Paddle
12-2008 Caniapa
12-2008 Pine Rivers
11-2008 Coochie Night Paddle
10-2008 Breakfast at Karragarra
10-2008 Girraween
10-2008 Coomera Falls Circuit
09-2008 Hinchinbrook Island
09-2008 Manly Harbour Festival
09-2008 Linville to Blackbutt Rail Trail
08-2008 Weekend at Blakesleys
08-2008 Old Woman Island
08-2008 Circumnavigate Macleay Island
07-2008 Upper Noosa River
07-2008 Weinam Creek to Dunwich
06-2008 Scarborough to Bongaree
06-2008 Wellington Pt to St Helena
06-2008 North Stradbroke Jazz Weekend
05-2008 Point O'Halloran to Blakesleys
04-2008 Upper Noosa River
04-2008 Aquatic Paradise to St Helena Is
04-2008 Eprapah Creek
03-2008 Paradise Point to Moreton Island
03-2008 Wynnum Ck to Tangalooma Point
03-2008 Amity Point weekend
03-2008 Bremer River
03-2008 Brisbane River - Gregors Ck to Barneys Rocks
02-2008 Play Day - Coochie Mudlo
02-2008 World Wetlands Day Paddle
02-2008 Brisbane River night paddle
01-2008 Australia Day Week
01-2008 Blakesleys 3/4 Moon Paddle
01-2008 Shorncliffe to Nudgee
01-2008 Brisbane River - Barneys Rocks to O'Sheas Crossing
12-2007 Raby Bay to One Mile via Blakesleys and Potts Point
12-2007 Diamond Head to Tipplers
12-2007 Wynnum Ck to Green and St Helena Islands
11-2007 Bike Ride Bay Islands
11-2007 Tingalpa Creek
10-2007 Potts Point Night Paddle
10-2007 Return to Gilligans Island
10-2007 Salt Water Creek and Coomera River
09-2007 Elimbah Creek
09-2007 Scarborough to Caboolture River
09-2007 Fraser Island Whale Watching
09-2007 Circumnavigate Russell Island
08-2007 Pine Rivers Night Paddle
08-2007 Linville to Blackbutt Rail Trail
08-2007 Brisbane River City Reach
08-2007 Peel Island
08-2007 Brisbane River
08-2007 Green Island Day Trip
07-2007 Pine Rivers Night Paddle
07-2007 Mooloolah River
07-2007 USS Kitty Hawk in Brisbane River
06-2007 Black Tie on Peel Island
05-2007 Harrys Hut Camping Weekend
04-2007 Theodolite Creek
04-2007 Upper Burrum River
04-2007 Circumnavigate Big Woody
04-2007 Walkers Point to Toogum
03-2007 Boat Passage to Big Sandhills
12-2006 Woodgate to Mon Repos
10-2006 Fraser Island Whale Watching
04-2005 Keppel Islands
12-2004 Fraser Island
10-2004 Munna Point Camping Weekend
10-2004 Mooloolaba to Maroochydore
09-2004 Coochie Mudlo Island
08-2004 Karragarra Island
07-2004 Wellington Point to St Helena Island
06-2004 Noosa River Camping Weekend
05-2004 Brisbane River Night Paddle
04-2004 Budds Beach to Moreton Island
10-2003 Bulwer to Tangalooma
05-2003 Eatonsville to Harwood Island


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Adventurer Anthony Malloch

Kedron Brook to Scaborough (and return)
Date: 18-07-2010
Seventy Km bike ride. In your dreams. But no, these paddlers are cross trainers and they cruised the entire distance at a steady pace. I whirred frantically to keep up. Peddling my heart out I had sympathy for the bush walker who occasionally picks up a paddle for a jaunt with regular kayakers.

It was a perfect day for a ride. Fluffy clouds kissing the horizon were the only ones around. The breeze was light and usually from behind. The bay was calm and the water a beautiful shade of blue. Not that I did much bay gazing whilst on the move from Kedron Brook Floodway to Scarborough Harbour and return. For it is not politique to mow down parentless toddlers, distracted kids on scooters, distracted adults with ipods (you could argue the score on that strike), the aged who might have not heard the incessant bell tolling and red necks who blatantly refused to budge. On the later I felt bolstered by the thought that six backups would be on the scene within 30 seconds should we have not made a successful get away.

Lawnmower Ray's long black legs were true to form. They did not flinch at an incline and flew up there at the same pace as on the flat. At a third the rotation rate he also made it look wickedly easy. Bargain came along part of the way with Dave who was limited to a stiff ride as only half of his gears were accessible. Renata had been peddling for Km prior to the start and had to pull out part way to return to work. Brian cruised the entire 70 Km. He is a real Speedy Old Fart with Attitude (SOFA). Stuffed if I could mow him on the downhill leg of the Ted Snout Bridge.

There were some funny moments. A strapping teenage islander rugby team politely stepped aside calling to each other "watch out here comes the bikie gang". Putting Brian in the lead I think was strategically smart, not just for my legs, but the senior statesman face might have engendered a more muted response from some, although for most of the time a ting of a bell was usually enough. By the third protracted bell ring it might be fair to say it is "game on" on a shared footpath.

The Ted Snout Bridge is magnificent. Catering for south bound traffic, there is a wide cycle/pedestrian lane on the eastern / bayside. About half way you can turn off down to a massive fishing platform. Located in the middle of the channel this platform is an impressive mass of concrete and stainless steel. The design provides shade, many seating places, a delegated point to scale the fish from which the by products can be swept down a hole straight back into the bay. Brilliant burly creation and, as Dan pointed out, probably the best place to put your line.

The place for morning tea was created by the disruption of the cycle path and road closure associated with the Jetty to Jetty fun run. Pulling up a seat we must have been looking in need of a feed as no sooner had we taken a pew a person magnanimously appeared with a platter of freshly cut bananas and juicy oranges. Since when have paddlers or peddlers ever been shy with an offer of nutrition ?

The foreshore is starting to look really beautiful in places. The southern end of Redcliffe has an exquisite lagoon pool surrounded by pandanus, hibiscus and plenty of tables for a picnic. More northern parts of this foreshore now have the road, a small dune style planting, the wide wooden boardwalk, some more of the same planting bordering a groomed beach. However, we were not the only ones to be out and about. It seemed like every person and their little white dogs had taken to the path. The crowds only started to thin out by the northern end of Scarborough. Probably because everyone else was in the queue at Morgans.

There were limited opportunities for photos given the pace of this ride and my favoured cycling pace and ability. Nevertheless there were some scenes that demanded a picture and even included an obligatory little white dog. All I can say is ride with caution with this mob. They are hardier than most and with the cross training that either comes from other cycling or bush walking they put up a mean cruising pace over an entire 70Km.
In the beginning
Beautiful bay with obligatory white dog
Ted Snout Bridge
What a cutie (dog of course)
Ramp down to the fishing pontoon
What a location
Morning tea pit stop
This one can peddle too