Month: January 2019

Cycling through China – Guangxi Autonomous Region

Cycling through China – Guangxi Autonomous Region

Day 135: Hongshuihe to Tian’e 

We were unharmed whilst we camped outside the creepy, abandoned building. Thankfully, no zombies came to eat us whilst we slept. Earlier than normal, we began packing away and getting ready for the day at 0630. With the very last drops of petrol in our stove, I managed to make some porridge for breakfast; we made a mental note that we must get some more petrol today.

We were on the road for 0830, after spending some time fashioning Adam’s unruly hair into a ponytail! Sneaking out of the overgrown, forgotten car park and back onto the road, we cycled past the police hut but they didn’t even look up.

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Cycling through China – Guizhou Province

Cycling through China – Guizhou Province

Day 130: Xingyi to Anlong

Alarms were set for 0730, as we thought our normal body clocks might not wake us after a late night ‘laptoping’ in the hotel room. Coming round from our slumber, we realised it was absolutely chucking it down outside. As I lay in my warm, comfortable bed, I felt like asking Adam if we could just have another rest day and laze in bed, but I knew I’d regret it when I needed a rest day later down the line. With many, many kilometres to cover before we get to Hong Kong within our 30 day visa, ‘rest days’ are precious, and at this point, only 5 days in we needed to make some more distance before we could warrant a full day off (and we did have all afternoon off yesterday!). On a positive note, the rain was forecast to stop by 1000. Continue reading →

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Returning to the Road – Yunnan Province

Returning to the Road – Yunnan Province

Day 125: Kunming to Wild Camp near Kuangyuan

Day one back on the bikes after our almost three weeks rest and recovery in Kunming was a success! I handwrote this journal entry from the comfort of our tent, on a slightly less than flat wild camp spot on a small patch of shrubby land away from the road. After three weeks off the bikes, we were both full of enthusiasm on our first day back on the road, and thankfully our fitness had remained pretty much the same. Continue reading →

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Rest and Recovery in Kunming

Rest and Recovery in Kunming

If you haven’t read my previous post, ‘An Eventful First Week in China’, you may wonder why we (not we – I, Lucia) need ‘Rest and Recovery’ from our cycle tour. Unfortunately, I fell off my bike at high speed whilst cycling downhill on a highway, about 15km from the small town of Puwenzhen in Yunnan Province, China. My knee and wrist were in a bad way, so I needed to go to the hospital. Long story short – nothing was broken, but I was definitely not strong enough to cycle anytime soon. So we decided to get ourselves to the nearest big city, Kunming, where we could stay with an amazing Warmshowers Host whilst I got back on my feet. This post is about my recovery and our time in the wonderful city that is Kunming. 

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An Eventful First Week In China

An Eventful First Week In China

Time to catch up!

As a type this, we have actually been in China for over two weeks now! It was an eventful first week in China, a lot has happened and thus I just haven’t got ‘around tuit’ for writing my journal. So retrospectively, I will endeavour to fill you in on our Chinese escapades so far… Grab that cuppa… it’s another long one!

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