The Yi and the Yangtze

After the austere beauty of the Tibetan Plateau, we thought the rest of China might ...

The Yi and the Yangtze

After the austere beauty of the Tibetan Plateau, we thought the rest of China might turn into a big disappointment.   Not in the least. Alright, the first few days out of Chengdu were a blur of smoke belching factories and a succession of grubby provincial towns filled with locals hacking and spitting as they went [...]

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Tibet for Foreigners: Part 4

I don’t suppose many people get the chance to celebrate a birthday at 4,487 meters.  That’s how Eric began his 47th year, on the top of Balang Shan Pass in China’s Sichuan Province. We hadn’t planned to celebrate his big day way up in the clouds.  Like so much of our bike tour, things just [...]

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Tibet for Foreigners: Part 3

All was well.  We’d solved the headset crisis.  Some big mountains and amazing landscapes lay ahead.  Rains had plagued us since we hit China, but as we rolled out of Litang, the day shone bright and clear.  Life was perfect. At least for around 15 minutes. Then I noticed a strange rattling.  Upon further investigation, [...]

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Tibet for Foreigners: Part 2

  Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh all  the way down the mountain for 15 odd kilometers.  Ok maybe it was more like bump, curse, bump.  The rock-strewn Daxuenshan Pass road was rough, and we maxed out at around 8 kms an hour.  Still, it was fun to finally be going DOWN  after such an arduous ride up. [...]

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Tibet for Foreigners: Part 1

  Independent Tibet travel for foreigners has been officially off-limits for years.  The occasional intrepid cyclist does manage to sneak in, but most who try it get booted out by the ever-vigilant officers of the PSB (Public Security Bureau). Unwilling to risk potential lock up in a Chinese prison, we opted for the next best [...]

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Another Beautiful Ride for your Bucket List

  Southwest China deserves to be near the top of any adventure cyclist’s must-ride list.  The last 3 weeks biking Yunnan province have been some of the best in recent years.  Yunnan is a place of empty spaces, pristine natural beauty and a colorful mix of ethnic groups. Southwest China If your image of China [...]

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Road Rage: a rocky start in China

An enraged local man punches Eric in the face, busting his glasses.  That’s how our China tour began. Actually, there were two men.  The middle-aged guy shook Eric by the collar while the younger one threw the punch. A case of road rage gone really  wrong  Here’s how it all went down… The Chinese guys [...]

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A Short Spin Through Laos–Land of Smiles!

We love Laos.  This is where we met way back in 1996 and the country will always hold a special place in our hearts. Much has changed since we backpacked there in the mid-90’s.  Back then there was no tourist trail.  A few backpacker friendly guesthouses were popping up in Luang Prabang but that was [...]

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