We have posted a view photos from our Sichuan & Tibet Cycle Tour which finished this morning on our Facebook page here. We hope that you enjoy them!
After dinner on our last night of our Sichuan Cycle Tour in Shangli in Western China, the team headed next door for a spot of KTV - kareoke! Amongst the laughter and fun was a very sobering moment about the value of travel. Some of the local young people who were cheering on the "performers" thanked us for travelling to their country and province. Why? Just four months after a major earthquake and very recent floods, the sight of western tourists is reassuring. For the locals we show confidence in them and their country. Those of us from Christchurch which suffered massive damage from an earthquake two years ago, understand. By being here we are saying "it's gonna be ok".
And it is. Our cycling journey through western Sichuan has been fantastic; hot sunny weather, smiling faces and many, many surprises. Jaiyo!
Our own private and very social craft market; close encounters with giraffe, zebra and not too close with elephant; cycling 'on the surface of the moon'; and invites and genuine insights into Maasai homes and lives... all in a today's biking in Kenya! Now we just have to get Jan to stay in her bike, Ed to stop spooking animals with his exuberant enthusiasm, and Nic, Mark, Sue, Bill, Jamie and Bill to keep at least three camera batteries charged a day!! An incredible final trip of the season so far!!
Atop the highest point of the trip at 4300m, we encountered a classic east meets west. The westerners (us) are cycling east, ready for our 2000m descent to Kangding . The easterners: this Chinese crew, are in the early days of their 30 day cycle tour 2000km journey to Lhasa. High fives all round! From Brian and the team at the highest point of our Sichuan & Tibet trip.
Some personal records biking through the open savannah country into the Rift Valley yesterday. Sue, Mark, Nic, Ed, Bill, Jan, Jamie & Bill biked 94km to reach Mto Wa Mbu where we dinned out local style in the street side restaurant. Today is a rest day for the legs as we head into the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Baz, Gemma & Joseph.
Honey and Rosemary basted BBQ goat with arrowroot mash for dinner last night after an awesome day visiting Mkuzi School in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania. Our bikers are out chilling for the afternoon after their efforts dancing with the local kids! Joseph our driver/lawyer/mechanic/chef on top form!!
We'll try and send some pics from Arusha City.
A beautiful sunny blue sky cycle into our garden beachside camp in the historic town of Bagamoyo today, being followed along by an enthusiastic horde of local kids on the backroads on our first bike ride of the trip. Nic & Edward, Sue & Mark, Jamie & (Wild) Bill and Jan & (Kiwi) Bill got to explore the historic town or snorkel off the beach whilst Gemma cooked up a delicious feast for dinner.... A great way to start our last trip of the season through Tanzania and Kenya, should be an awesome couple of weeks with a fun crew!!
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