October 2013

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A Little Rain Can Clear The Streets

7,135 km so far. After the past two days of rain the sky has stopped crying, the roads have been washed clean, and the air is clear. Time to ride. We stopped off at Ningqiang’s stone tower. This is a type of tower specific to the Qiang people, and I wanted to see it, unsure […]

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Let’s Stay In And Watch Breaking Bad

7,055 km so far. We woke up to rain, as was the forecast. Snug inside our soft bed in our fancy, freezing-cold hotel room, we quickly decided the best thing to do was stay put for another day. At least the room was dry and the bed the softest we have had in China. After […]

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There’s Cold In Them Thar Hills

7,055 km so far. Our hotel in Mianyang provided our first free breakfast outside of Beijing. Green beans with chillies, some sort of nutty bean with garlic, a noodle and seaweed salad, a selection of runny bland porridges, delicious almond and sesame seed cookies, and sunflower seed bread. There were lots of dumplings to choose […]

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Out Of The Smog And Into The Fire

6,975 km so far. Having been in the quiet of the mountains for a couple of days, the noise and bustle of Chenggu (not to be confused with Chengdu) hit us hard when we arrived last night. Today, knowing we’d be riding through a highly populated, smoggy, dusty area, we prepared ourselves as best as […]

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Worker Bees, Killer Wasps

6,905 km so far. We pushed off early today, leaving behind the dull, grey town of Foping. They have tried to liven things up by putting LEDs on their bridges, but it does little to hide the factories on the edge of town. I think this was especially evident in contrast to the tranquil beauty […]

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Higher Than We’ve Ever Been Before

6,787 km so far. Yesterday we had expected a killer climb, and we did go up quite a bit, but the roads are properly engineered here, no doubt so they are passable to three-wheeled farm trucks and the like, so we hardly noticed the elevation gains. There was so much flat and downhill mixed in […]

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The (Panda) Bear Went Over The Mountain

6,736 km so far. Our day began with the owner of our guesthouse giving us handful of kiwi fruits for our ride. As this is kiwi country, and they are in season, kiwis are in abundance here right now. Yesterday we must have ridden past a million of them: in boxes on the side of […]

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Bicycle Tourists Once Again

6,674 km so far. Today we left behind the shopping centres, the traffic, and the crowds of people who inhabit Xi’an. We are so happy to be venturing out of the city and into the countryside of China! Oh, I love how that sounds. Actually, this morning we agreed that we are both excited but […]

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Yoga Days Are Great Days

6,589 km so far. Today I taught yoga at YamaYoga in Xi’an. The first half of our day was all about yoga. To begin with, we went to the studio to practice. The studio has a few spaces on their schedule that are open practices, meaning there is no teacher, the room is just made […]

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Warriors, Come Out To Play

I can remember two things about my Mom’s trip to China in the early 80s. One is the emerald green silk robe she brought home for me. I was a torn jeans ‘n’ baggy t-shirts kind of girl, and the robe, slick and shiny, made me feel sophisticated. I wore that robe for nearly 20 […]

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