Monthly Archives: May 2011

May Day!

 No, no emergency.  Just a special day here.  Coincidentally my first day is the first of May.  It’s the equivalent of the Fourth of July in America.  I pass by several bursts of fireworks during the day and lots of … Continue reading

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First milestone reached!

I reached the end of X002 and got dumped back onto G101.  One thing I’ve noticed is that the wind out of Mongolia is a constant and not always beneficial travel companion.  I keep wondering what it’s going to be … Continue reading

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Word for the day

Ciprofloxacin.  Don’t go to Asia without it.

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Welcome to Inner Mongolia

I’m now three days out of Chengde.  After a day and a half of slow then very abrupt climbing I crossed over from Hebei Province into Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.  Funny, they didn’t even have a Welcome Center.  Plus the … Continue reading

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Stranger in a strange land.

I’ve been in China almost three weeks now and a couple of people are wondering if I’m still alive because I haven’t published anything lately.  I just have half a dozen uninspired drafts.  Maybe I should call this publish or … Continue reading

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Even lonelier road than US 50

Inner Mongolia S203 keeps getting quieter by the mile.  It’s being turned into a four lane and I am using the finished part of it.  The old two lane is narrow and almost done for.  Even the cows and horses … Continue reading

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One country down

A little slow, but I’ve reached the border of China and Russia.  I had one nice calm day to knock down 80 mostly flat miles, then the winds came back with a vengeance to make me earn every last mile … Continue reading

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Manzhouli border crossing

Whew, I just spent a day screwing around trying to get to Russia. First:  They will turn you around if you are not on a motorized vehicle. Second:  They will tell you to take a bus.  The bus station is … Continue reading

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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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