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Jun262011

We made it!!!

Since my last update we traveled through Jiayuguan, Wuwei, Lanzhou, Pingliang and finally to Xi'an.  The western part of China is much different from the eastern part.  In western China the cities are much further apart with some really beautiful agricultural areas in between.  In 2004 I traveled through eastern China and it was one extremely large industrial city after another.  Here are a few shots of the countryside and a little dirt road detour that some of us went on...

In Lanzhou we floated down the Yellow river on a raft made of inflated sheep skins.  Here is a photo of the skins being inflated and Helge, Dan, John and I on the raft...



Riding in China is always a challenge and you have to be on high alert at all times.  It seems like the locals pull out into traffic and then look to see if anyone is coming. The vehicles range from huge trucks to small donkey carts and the speed of all of these vehicles ranges from out of control to walking speed and they are all trying to share the same road.   The last few days of riding might have been the most challenging of the entire trip.  The ride between Lanzhou and Pingliang was at times terrifying.  We crossed over a mountain pass in heavy rain and thick fog.  What made it so terrifying were the buses and trucks that were trying to pass each other and you knew that they could see as little as you could but that did not seem to matter to them.

Once we arrived in Xi'an we got the bikes washed and ready for shipping.  8 bikes were loaded into a container headed to Seattle, 3 bikes were loaded into a container headed to Heidelberg and one bike was crated and is heading to New Zealand.

I can not begin to tell you how much fun I had on this trip.  I met some really cool people and saw some amazing places.  I really like riding with John.  He and I have a similar riding style and we both like to pull off the main road and take a few photos.  Here is a photo of me in a tiny village.

The images of the Great Wall that most people have seen are from the eastern part of China. Here is a photo of me in front of the Great Wall in western China.  John and I joked about the fact that we would not call this a Great Wall but rather only The Pretty Good Wall.  

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Reader Comments (1)

Glad your trip was a success. Maybe will come over in September to hear your stories over a beer.

June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric Blume

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