Rides in 2012

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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Spring ride to Hanoi

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in 2012 04 Kunming Hanoi | Comments Off

think about 750km or so. think 9 days. lots of hills.

Fly to Kuming / Car to Shiping, cycle to Hanoi, Fly out.


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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.



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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Day 1: Jianshui to Mengzi

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in 2012 04 Kunming Hanoi | 1 comment

About 90km.

Late into Jianshui / little sleep and late start. Tianshui seems to be a ok enough town in the middle of nowhere.

15km road then shit terrible roads / wrong bikes for rest of the day. Should have brought full sus mountain bikes.

The land of deforestment. Followed by plastic bag land, more deforestment, factories and Mengzi. Last 50km to Mengzi in mini van.


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5. Back to Xining

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


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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1st Leg

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in 2012 04 Kunming Hanoi | Comments Off

1st Leg of trip is following old french railway. 380km of twisting 1m gage track.


and some nice pics



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