Doing the Washing in Litang Morning “Taxi” ride in Cheungdu Coolest Pray Flag Pass in China Playng in the Zhangye Sand Dunes
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This section of our ride in China brought the most unexptected and (in my opinion) the most beautiful riding in my time on a bike in this country. For the most part the road conditions were great. Yes it was chilly, (one night it was -10C) and the wind got to us a few times, […]
]We may not be in China anymore but Katie and I still have nightmares about the wind
While killing time in and around the Tianshan Mountains near Urumqi we stumbled across the Geological center of Asia. Obviously this called for a token picture or two. Note the spelling of continent. To be fair it was spelled right on at least one of the signs. Had a chat with the local traffic cop […]
On the first day of our 7 day route in the Urumqi area two my spokes literally tore off the hub. Not the best start to this part of the trip especially with a potential 100km of rough dirt road ahead.
After a long days ride from Urumqi with lots of coal trucks and of course dusty dirt roads through gorges we finally found a place to camp for the night that was close enough to the Urumqi river for water.
It had been several weeks since Katie and I had had a proper English conversation with anyone so it was nice to sit down with the two of them and talk biking. Yannis and Kelly are planning a bike trip next year from China to Greece. Of course in true expat style Yannis & Kelly […]
Welcome to Dicos” (in Chinese) every employee would say in unison as a new customer walked in the door – strange. While hanging out with Yannis and Kelly we sampled the local fast-food restaurant. As it wouldn’t be a full Zhangye expat experience without some sort of “western food.” So off we went to Dico’s, […]
Katie found some time in Urumqi to put together a video of one of our hardest days in the first few weeks in China. This area is now a distant memory of how hard, but beautiful China can be.
The first 6 weeks of our trip have been spent high up in the mountains. The cold is one thing, but there were a lot of times where the wind has gotten out of control. (and cold)
Even the smallest things are a task and a half here. We have compiled a couple of videos of us Englishing our way through ordering.
Where is my iPhone? It’s always in this little pocket. Oh sh*@##t. I knew exactly where it was. I had fallen to sleep that night in a tiny little Tibetan “kind of” guesthouse with my headphones in. It was under my pillow 75km away back over this mountain pass.
Got there at 8:30am. Put our names on the list which means nothing. At 9:10 we + a Japanese couple were ushered out of the line and into the building in front of everyone. Great so far. All paperwork done by 10:30am. The man doing our paperwork gave it all back (inc passport) and told […]
Seven of the hardest days in of our lives complete as we cycled from Shangri-la to Litang on the X219 & S217 roads – if you can call them that. Nothing about this was easy Don’t get me wrong, we are all for hard days and dirt roads, but when you go down hill slower […]
Of course it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Shangri-la. Some of the old town still stood and there were some great markets for us to resupply at.
This is not a common site, but after Katie got blown off her bike twice it became apparant that walking over the pass made more sense
After our train ride from Guangzhou to Kunming we jumped straight onto our bikes for a week long ride to Shangri-la. The roads varied from brand new, not yet open, just OK, and down right ridiculous but there were never any dull moments.
The hardest day we have experienced on out bikes ever! The roads weren’t even fit for animals. Finally finishing at 11pm at night with 10 hours of riding over mountain peaks of 4300 meters. But the views were incredible! Here is a taste. Mountain Madness, a photo by brakingboundaries on Flickr.