Category Archives: China

No more Dilly Dali We Need To Get Out Of CHINA

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Today we have just 180 km to “The Ancient City of Dali” The road except for the last 45 km in toll and though motorcycles are allowed, pillions are not so it is the van for Sara for most of the day.… Read the rest

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Searching for Shangri-La….but finding Lovely Lijiang!

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Today we have another 375 km planned and there are 3 passes to 4600, 5075, and 4200 m and the entire road serpentine to Dechen/Deqen.

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The first checkpoint is just as we are leaving town.


The passes are reached by switch backs up and down.… Read the rest

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Pull up your boot straps people when you are pushed to the brink!


We headed further up and past a glacier hanging on the mountainside.

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Just around the corner there was a commercial view point. Once the guide van showed up where some guy walked up and wanted 10$per bike each for parking….we said ahh no.… Read the rest

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The Peak of Everest and the Pit of Despair!


Today we are only going 272 km to Shigatze (Rizkaze, Riz Ka Ze, Xigatze) on a good quality road that winds along the river. The best part is we only go up 300 m.

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First drama of the trip occurred as we were leaving the hotel and turning right onto a 4 lane divided road.… Read the rest

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Magical Lhasa!


Trevor was nauseated and had a headache in the morning and he bought an O2 travel bag and nasal tubing. After sucking back one bag he felt pretty good and the hotel filled it up again for him to take for tonight.… Read the rest

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To get to Tibet!


We had a big day planned as we are trying to make miles over the next few days to Tibet. It is 550 km to Dinxi and we planned the upper route as there is less speed control for the van and fewer tunnels for us.… Read the rest

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Xian’s Warriors

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We awoke to a lot of yelling in Chinese at 630. Apparently an entire bus of Chinese tourists had checked in here as well. We and the bikes are filthy after the rain and dirty roads yesterday. It is almost impossible to get laundry done here.… Read the rest

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Yungang Grottoes and the Ancient City of Pingyao

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It is another beautiful day here if a bit cool at 14 this morning. We have 344 km to Datong and then a further 19 km west to the Yungang Grottoes.

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We are leaving this early as we need to get to the 5 th ring road and then across Beijing and out before the traffic mayhem.… Read the rest

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Ducking into Peiking!


The air quality in Beijing is listed as unhealthy, but so far today the ski looks clear! We had another “special” Chinese breakfast at the hotel (included can you believe it) and then set out the 44 km or an hour to Dreamwing Honda, where Trevor has service booked for his valve check etc.… Read the rest

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In Search of A Great Wall

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It was now after 4 pm and we had 349 km to ride to Wulanchabu/Ulanqab and it gets dark at 1830. This is to try and  keep to what we have found to be the overly ambitious itinerary we have.

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These cameras will be everywhere!!!!… Read the rest

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