While the roads of Sichuan are generally very good, every now and again you strike roadworks. The issue it seems in China is that there is scant regard for anyone who needs to use the road while the work is taking place...
Where were you when you turned 22? Christian Davies 22nd birthday started with pickled cabbage and noodles for breakfast, cycled across the misty landscapes of Western China to Lushan village and finished with an astounding birthday cake with a candle that opened like a flower and fireworks! Once again China is full of surprises! Happy Birthday Christian!
Our new Sichuan crew have arrived in Chengdu... Here is a photo of Linda, Gareth, Christian, Rhianna, Sebastian, LIz, Julian, Margot, Luke & Clare after having cycled out to the Panda Breeding & Research Centre through Chengdu traffic. It must have been a bit hot??
Nihao from Chengdu City in Western China, Sichuan Province! Everyone has arrived safely in Chengdu City. We had a neat day today - we cycled out to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre. We are learning to 'flow like water' as we cycled following Doven through the city traffic. It is hot so we gratefully sheltered in the shade for lunch and gently pedalled back. We are now getting ready for our night in the city - the Sichuan Opera and dinner.
We biked through Dar es Salaam yesterday in time to get to Kipepeo Beach in time for Ali and Becs to have at least four swims in the Indian Ocean... (the Indian Ocean is a tad warmer than the South Pacific Ocean on New Zealand's South Coast). Harper had just two swims, but cycled over 52km the day before - not bad for a nine year old! It has been great to witness the locals in their finest and celebrating Eid al Fitr (the end of Ramadan) over the last couple of days; a fantastic end to a Kenya & Tanzania cycle tour with two wonderful families. Tutaonana Harper, Katherine, Michael, Jenny, Ali & Becs from Baz, Gemma & Joseph
So there we were, sitting by our tent at 3200m, sipping a beer and looking out over the wide open picture painting of where we had cycled for the day.... yurts, and horses grazing nearby with a backdrop of snow covered peaks. A monster Russian truck rolled across the grass and three burly blokes peered out at us. They climbed down from the truck and strode towards us... bearing a bottle of vodka. They were workers from a nearby goldmine and wondered what on earth we were up to pedalling across this vaast land. A few hours later.. two empty vodka bottles and Frazer and John sleeping very soundly. Prost to our friends Mirlan and Aibek!!
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