January 2014

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Is Effort Effective?

8,715 km so far. A recurring lesson in my yoga classes the past year has been “Effort Is Effective.” Today involved a lot of effort, but the results were disappointing. We are planning on cycling on Hainan for the next 10 days, before heading back the mainland, and riding into Vietnam. Chinese New Year is […]

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Making Plans For The New Year

8,715 km so far. With Chinese New Year and Tết on the very near horizon, we have had to do some uncharacteristic medium-term planning. Things get crazy in these parts during the Chinese New Year celebrations, especially on the island because Hainan is a popular touristy getaway. We’re pretty excited to get to experience the […]

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Pineapple “Express”

8,715 km so far. We awoke to a cacophony of explosions. No, civil war hadn’t broken out, although it sounded like it. This was wedding madness. Chinese New Year is approaching and everyone (it seems) is getting married. I don’t know if the two are related but I assume they must be. Leizhou was abuzz […]

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Modern Dystopia

8,599 km so far. Today China put her worst face forward. In The Dirt And The Dust For a start, leaving Zhanjiang was tough. Scooters are an epidemic in this city, and people drive them more recklessly and aggressively than we’ve seen in other parts of the country. They also drive them everywhere: sidewalks, crosswalks, […]

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New Sensation

8538 km so far. Today was a fairly uneventful day. We rode 51 km, so a short ride for us, from Wuchuan to Zhanjiang. This gets us one day closer to Hainan Island. Only two more days riding and we will be there. A couple of things have had me thinking more than usual about […]

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Memory Snaps

8486 km so far. Back on the G325 again today, with a busy boring ride to report. Of course, boring is relative, and in China, even on the G roads, nothing is ever boring for long. Can You Picture This? We see so many interesting things as we ride, it’s hard to describe them, or […]

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A Long Ride To Karaoke Town

8,424 km so far. Today was our longest ride since being back on the bikes. We left Yangjiang this morning, headed for Diancheng, 92 km away, all of it on the G325. This meant we didn’t see much today apart from some construction, farms, and a few glimpses of the main freeway, the G15. Chinese […]

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All Of The Lights

8332 km so far. Our plan for this leg of the trip is to take it relatively easy and not push ourselves to do frequent 100 km days. It is tiring enough riding in China, without overtaxing our daily energy allowance by riding too far. Today we knew we had a short ride, which left […]

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Country Roads

8277 km so far. After yesterday’s successful experiment with taking a smaller back road, we decided to try our luck again today. We mapped part of our route from Kaiping to Enping along small roads that would keep us off the bigger, and busier, G325. If the first half of the day went well there […]

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Because It’s There

8,200 km so far. Last night we checked our map, and were glad to find a small provincial road that runs in the right direction for us this morning. We have had enough experience of the national “G” roads to know that the G325, which is the most direct road, will be wide, busy, and […]

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