Posts made in July, 2012

2. Hainan to Naodao (bird island)

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in 2012 07 Qinghai | 2 comments

120km

Strange sleep & dreams, cramp, feel hungover but not drank anything. ah the pleasures of altitude. 8am or so start with some greezzey noodles. strong head wind most of the day, overcast and some rain. seat post seased in cycle and seat pointing up too high. not fun.

stopped for lunch at some half way junction. started to feel a bit more normal after that. arrived hotel 3.30. another ripoff, no hot water till 730!! whats up with that. people still need to get to grips with basic hygiene here. someone should really start a nice backpacker / cycling hostel chain in China.


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3. Bird Island to Gongca

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in 2012 07 Qinghai | 1 comment

60km. Short relaxed day off. Another night of not sleeping so well. Serious difficulty waking up. Ok breakfast and on the bike for 3 hours. Nice easy ride . Tomorrows going to be a tough one. Staying in some Tibetan town. Catching up with the washing. Actually i should not be complaining so much in my blogs on the places here. Huge improvement over what it must of been like here when i first arrived in china. no ok hotel, no heating, no hot water, terrible food, nuclear test (its an old test site), no internet, no phone, terrible roads, etc. if you’ve got some money life is not so hard these days. country side is nice and, big. really get the sense you are on top of the world.


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Day 4

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in 2012 07 Qinghai | 2 comments

think about 170km

started off lucky. ended up unlucky. got turfed out of the town i was meant to stay by the police. foreigners not welcome. to sleep.

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long strait line in middle was in car. end part not shown the place i was mean to stay and having to go back again.

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5. Back to Xining

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in 2012 07 Qinghai | Comments Off

120km.

Woke up with the normal hungover feeling, some truck horns and morning call to prayer (Hui muslim part of the world). some mutton soup, bread and coffee and off again. first 2km was nice and relaxed and then 1000m climb. Think body getting alimatized as dealing with hard climb at 4000m was ok. breathtaking views of the areas us foreigner tourists are not allowed to visit.  then a long sharp downhill. Another filling of noodles for lunch, actually getting much better and then 60km odd into Xining (capital of the province / where started). Enjoying a pizza and bottle of red wine in a xining italian restaurant. one cannot complain.


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