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Only Losers Take The Bus

As Stephen mentioned yesterday, we decided to take public transport yet again, this time to get to Xi’an. We knew we’d have to resort to bus or train at least once more to make our November 9 deadline in Shanghai, and we are hoping that the industrial smog-choked lands we avoided by taking the bus […]

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Hitting The Highway

6,589 km so far. Back to the train station first thing this morning, fingers and toes crossed that we’ll find our bikes there, in good shape and ready to ride. Clueless Foreigners At the baggage office we handed our receipt to the woman behind the glass. She took a look at it and handed it […]

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Finally Leaving Beijing

6,491 km so far. Yesterday, after much discussion and many phone calls, we booked our train tickets. According to the baggage office at the train station, we could only take our bikes by checking them in as baggage on the baggage car. This was no surprise as we’d read accounts of other cyclists doing the […]

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One Foot In Front Of The Other

Tonight I teach yoga at Fine Yoga’s Blue Castle studio, so I had to spend some time this morning preparing for class. Our theme is based on this quote: Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs. ― […]

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你好 (Ni Hao)

Hello from Beijing. We arrived this morning and we are very happy to report that all our bags and our bicycles also arrived. Unlike when we landed in Rome both our bikes showed up at the oversized luggage collection area! We were able to easily unwrap them, put our pedals back on, turn the handlebars […]

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Little Headaches

In general, I’m a pretty calm person. I can handles life’s big events, like job interviews, moving house, and travelling around the world by bike, with a fairly high degree of equanimity. It’s the little everyday things that get me stressed out. You know, things like going to the dentist and the post office. Guess […]

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好久不见

Long time no see, or hǎo jiǔ bu jiàn in Chinese, seems like an appropriate calque to use today. You see, I have never seen China. However, in a little more than one week, Jane and I will arrive in Beijing. Yes, it is true. We are officially going to China!!! Our passports are back, […]

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Love’s The Greatest Thing That We Have

6447 km so far. Since being in Berlin, Stephen and I have been spending quite a bit of time apart. After almost 6 months of being constantly in each others’ company, rarely having a real conversation with anyone else, this separation feels a little strange. You might think it would be a relief to see […]

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Letting Our Hair Down

6447 km so far. Since we’ve gotten to Berlin, I’ve just felt exhausted. Now that we’re off our bikes for a few weeks, finished with riding through Europe, and getting ready to go further afield, it’s time to rest. My body knows it, but my brain is having trouble settling down. We’re planning on being […]

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The Wheels Are In Motion

6447 km so far. Plans for Asia are in motion, if slow motion. We took Berlin public transit today to the Chinese Consular building to enquire about visas, only to discover this was not where we needed to be to find out about Chinese visas. We then had to go to their visa department a […]

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