Coolum Beach Holiday Park – Paradise at its Best

Coolum Beach Holiday Park - almost on the Pacific Ocean! www.gypsyat60.com

Coolum Beach Holiday Park – almost on the Pacific Ocean!

Nope, this isn’t an advert, just the chance to share information on the fantastic Coolum Beach Holiday Park, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

We stay at the Park in our caravan for three weeks every Christmas/New Year and it’s now like a home away from home – with more benefits. (There’s cabins to rent as well).

Being in the Boomer age bracket, we really enjoy the Holiday Park more in the cooler months (April through to September. You know what it’s like, all the benefits are still there but the environment is quieter.

Let’s face it, there’s no substitute for being amongst happy families and children, but peace and quiet is a close second best!

So, whether you are heading up the Queensland Coast or coming back down – in a caravan or driving – the Coolum Beach Holiday Park has a bucket list of reasons to stay.

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Skagway – Cycling from Klondike Summit to the Sea

Bike tours set up by Sockeye Bicycle Tours, White Pass Summit tour, Skagway, Alaska.

Bikes Ready and Waiting!

Skagway was a highly anticipated port of call when sailing the shores of Alaska.  Reason being, a “Summit to the Sea” cycling tour with Sockeye Cycle Company had been pre-booked to retrace the historic Klondike Gold Rush.

The bike ride literally flies down from the White Pass Summit – if you’re looking for an adrenalin rush, this one’s for you.  Cycling skills and concentration were definitely needed on this ride as compared to riding through Paris at Sunset, or cycling the Ancient Appian Way in Rome 

Note – there’s no time to look for gold nuggets on the way down the Pass!

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YAMBA, NSW for Pelicans, Prawns and Peace

Pelicans patiently waiting for fish scraps after fishermen clean their fish. Yamba, New South Wales, Australia. www.gypsy@60.com

Pelicans patiently waiting!

YAMBA is a must do stopover for anyone driving along the northern new south wales coastline of Australia.  Apart from having a couple of the best pubs on the east coast of Australia, it’s only an hour or so drive from Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and a bit more to Brisbane.

So, if being surrounded by pelicans while wetting a line or gorging yourself on fresh prawns is your thing read on.  Oh, and the surrounding countryside and beaches are stunning. Continue Reading

Electric E-spresso Charged Bike by Merida

Huge parrot (artwork) admiring the Merida E-spresso (electric) City 510 bike. www.gypsyat60.com

Artwork of a huge parrot admiring the bike.

The offer to test-ride an electric bike was a dream come true.  The Merida E-Spresso City 510, powered with its Bosch motor, is amazing and will wow everyone, whatever age and fitness level.

Calling all City workers!

This electric bike is perfect for commuting. On arriving at work, whatever distance cycled, there’s no need for a shower and refresh. Just park the E-Spresso bike near your work station then head to the coffee machine for your other Espresso fix!   A fortune can be saved on registration, fuel and parking and the added health benefits through exercise are a bonus.  Continue Reading

Cycling Through Paris is Magic at Sunset

Fat Tire Bike - asked at the Louvre, Paris with sunset approaching.

Fat Tire Bike

We all rode bikes as kids right?  So, it’s a bit like breathing you never forget how. Although if you haven’t ridden for a while, a quick practice run before cycling through Paris is recommended – just to make sure your coordination and balance is on track.

This night bike ride is designed for all fitness levels and cycling through Paris at sunset certainly beats looking out of a bus window!

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Discover Singapore the RIDE way – on two wheels!

Singapore by pedal power is a great way to see this amazing colourful modern city that’s packed with history, culture, and iconic buildings.   You’ll find this clean and green city an ideal stopover when travelling from OZ to far flung destinations on the other side of the world.

Quick stop on bike tour, Singapore, at the Helix Bridge. www.gypsyat60.com

The Helix Bridge

Cycling in Singapore

My tip is to go on a morning tour because it rains nearly every afternoon all year round.   Also, the upside of cycling in a small group with a guide is the sharing of local knowledge and current interest topics.   A brochure has its limits!

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Cycling the Ancient Appian Way in Rome

Cycling the Ancient Appian Way in Rome

Riding along the ancient Appian Way where the stones weren't so rough as other parts of the 2,300 road. www.gypsyat60.com

Riding along the ancient Appian Way – stones not so rough on this stretch.

Just for one day we were 19th century time-travellers exploring the beauty of ancient Appian Way on push bikes away from the city mayhem.

After five intense, but exciting, sight-seeing days in Rome a cycle along the 2,300 year old cobblestones of the Appian Way was a welcome diversion to clear the cobwebs away.

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