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A little fun

A couple of days ago I had the idea that I wanted to have “路平” printed on my bicycle frame.  It’s a popular idiom in China.  A lot of cars have license plate frames that say “一路平安”.  Basically it means … Continue reading

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Приветствую от Сиберии

Greetings from Siberia!  It’s taken a lot longer than I thought it would.  The terrain has been difficult and it’s been storming almost every day.  At least a couple of days ago I passed from grasslands to Alpine-like forests, which … Continue reading

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Language and culture

It was kind of funny crossing the border.  There was one other passenger, a Russian named Ivan.  We got along swimmingly for the hour or so it took to cross.  The funny thing is that our common language was mostly … Continue reading

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Where’s de plane, boss?

Funny thing I’ve noticed.  In the US there are airplanes big and small, high and low, everywhere.  I’ve barely seen or heard a one since I left Beijing.

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Irkutsk!

I’m now 2200 miles in.  From Chita the road gets quiet for a lomg time.  The horse flies and mosquitos here could carry off small pets.  Slapping them off of my bike has become a sport for me. So, how … Continue reading

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Trans-Siberian passage

The highway parallels the TransSiberian Railway for most of the way.  I guess routing around Lake Baikal was a major challenge, and many tunnels had to be built. But it would be an exquisite ride.  One thing that really interests … Continue reading

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Back to the stone age

There’s a bit of a feral dog problem in this part of the world.  Even seen some apparent cases of Rabies in China.  Fortunately I’ve found that a good shout usually sends them away.  If not, some good stones will.  … Continue reading

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Off again

Riding back from the tourist town of Listvyanka with the dive master.  Lots of interesting things living in the lake.  Plus just a few dozen yards offshore it drops into a kilofoot abyss.  But it’s frigidly cold – only 40 … Continue reading

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Halfway to Moscow

So I’ve been told. A little more, actually. My speedo says I’m almost 3,000 miles (about 5,000km) from Beijing. People tell me it’s 4,000km (2,400 miles) to Moscow. I got to Krasnoyarsk Wednesday evening. East of Krasnoyarsk is a nice … Continue reading

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Woohoo, Novosibirsk!

It’s been storming on and off for weeks.  Today was no different.  Novosibirsk welcomed me with a flood.  At least I got to relax at a cafe on the way in before getting drenched.  First time in Russia I’ve had … Continue reading

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