I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Sydney generally has beautiful weather in Autumn and the current spell of clear crisp days has been perfect for cycling. Last weekend the cycleways along Parramatta River were full of happy people who had been suffering bike withdrawal due to recent wet weather.
Get close to nature
There are plenty of off road trails to discover that one can cycle to enjoy the outdoor environment with family and friends. Many of these paths are quite scenic alongside city waterways such as the Cooks River, Botany Bay and the parks of western Sydney. Pack a picnic and stop at a picturesque spot or buy coffee and lunch with a view.
If short of time it is still possible to take the bike for a quick spin along the M7 cycleway or around Parramatta Park. If you are not sure of where to cycle nearby get advice from your local bike shop. Bicycle NSW, the RMS and various cycle groups have maps as well as other useful information.
Cycling is a great form of exercise that is good for the environment and for families. People of different abilities can set out together and meet at strategic points, children love to race their siblings and parents and everyone gets a sense of achievement.
Further afield there are great scenic cycleways near Wollongong and Newcastle. Who knows you may enjoy cycling enough to enter a charity ride such as The Sydney Spring Cycle, Loop The Lake or Gear Up Girl or even make cycling the focus of your travels overseas. I can certainly recommend a bike and barge tour of the Loire Valley.