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On the beachQuarry Lake - Daisy HillDianas BathLiz and NeilRocky Outcrops - Maidenwell What an amazing world this is! By a twist of wonderful luck, I have been able to ride my mountain bike to some beautiful places, photograph them, and share them with you.

I'm a cross-country mountain biker from South-East Queensland, in Australia. Last year I logged about 9,250km on the bike, exploring as many unusual places around my home as I was able. I usually ride about 4 or 5 times per week.

I've been on this planet since 1962, but I've only been riding since 2009.

What surprises me is that although I've lived here for most of my life, many of the places I've visited on my bike I've never seen before. This is all the proof I need that you can be an explorer and tourist in your own back yard. Any place in the world can be exciting - all you have to do is take the time to explore it.

My "weapon of choice" is a Giant Anthem 29-0. The big wheels are perfect for my long days in the saddle, and the dual-suspension is forgiving to my bones on some of the more jarring down-hill sections.

I love organizing rides with friends. Often there will just be 3 or 4 of us, but sometimes we arrange huge epics with 30 or 40 riders of all different skills, fitness levels and ages. Watching several dozen mountain bikers snake along a narrow forest trail is a wonderful sight.

I'm very happily married to Liz. Between us we have ten kids and three grand-children. It's because of Liz that I'm able to get out on my bike so often. She's understanding and patient with this MTB-obsessed man.

Professionally, I'm a software developer. I work with a great bunch of people at Expert 1 who agree that our business should support our lifestyle, and not the other way around. I suppose that means we might not ever be opulently rich, but we'll almost certainly be happy.

P.S. I have other blogs too (see the links along the top). I keep my technical and political blogs separate as I know a lot of people who read this blog probably don't want to be bogged down with politics or technobabble. I also have a blog for my ShipWatcher site, and I decided to keep that separate for the same reason - no use trying to cram too many things in here.

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