England 2010

Two and a half weeks on the English island has created quite the impression on me.

Somewhat purposefully, we avoided the hub of this country, London, and pursued adventures in the South West and as far North as Edinburgh, Scotland, truly appreciating the significant cultural differences in the land of our national heritage.

Starting out on August 13th, we departed a cold grey California and arrived on the 14th to a rainy grey England and immediately began driving on the wrong side of the road. Our jet lag was severe, yet Grant’s G-Dub GPS kept us suitably entertained as we drove West to where we’d be parked for the next few weeks.

Contented with our time in the Salisbury countryside, we poked about the area, seeing the magnificent cathedral, the multitude of henges (and hedges), like Stonehenge and Woodhenge, and the ruins of Old Sarum, the castle.  We attempted to track down various English geocaches and perpetually came up empty.  We saw the sights of the English West Country, visiting close cities like Oxford, Bath, and Boscombe Beach as well as hiking through the local hills exploring the unique landscapes and interesting historical and cultural presence hidden in among the wheat and grass.

Then we boarded our train and headed North. Through the haunts of York and then along the coast, across the border, and on to Edinburgh for a Tattoo performance from around the world, a puppet show of immense supremacy (from a fringe act), and just enough beer and scotch to remember where we were. Truly spectacular.

Soon after, Tripp and Karen departed to Ireland and we boarded our train south, back toward Salisbury.

It was wonderful to see in just two and a half weeks how much Kelly and Rory were learning and growing.  It was great to feel the stress and chaos of family.  And even though we greatly overstayed our Benjamin Franklyin visitation rights, I’m glad we spent the time with Grant and Evelyn.

Cheers!

Photos

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Our Little Journey Map

2010 – England

Nappa-Calistoga Ride

The Nappa to Calistoga ride route as noted by my Garmin GPS: Note the location of our turn around is at a delicious restaurant in Calistoga called Sarafornia.  It’s on the main drag and hard to miss.  They’ll serve you a great deal of water for filling your bottles to get back on the road along with your bicuts and gravy.

2010-07-18 Nappa Ride

Geocaching – Day 2. Fer Reals!

Geocaching!

After some exploration yesterday we really took hold of this new game/hobby.  So today we got serious, loaded up the GPS with new locations, and not only found eight more easy caches (because we’re still learning) but planted our very own here in town!  We put together a cool looking, twine wrapped, film-canister with some small sheets of paper in it, planted it deep in an urban park in Colorado Springs (just to not spoil it in writing, there are photos of it below), and registered it online at www.geocaching.com under GC22Y57, “Steps to Sinton.”

Kira inspecting a micro-geocache
Kira inspecting a micro-geocache

And of course the GPS Route:

2010 12 12 Geocache kml

WARNING! PHOTOS CONTAIN SPOILERS TO LOCATIONS OF CACHES!!!

Geocaching – First Attempts

GC1jnam – FOUND IT!

Our first geocaching experience goes, well, well!

I visited www.geocaching.com, downloaded some spots (little treasure chests on my garmin) and jumped into the car. I don’t have any street maps on my machine so it was all by cardinal directions, yeah, bad ass. But once we were out of the car we pointed our Garmin GPSmap 60CSx and away we went. It took Kira right to the spot. Unfortunatly, we didn’t know that you weren’t allowed to burry things, so we spent some time poking about with a stick in the mucky, snow covered grass, but eventually we just looked up and BAM! there it was. GC1jnam.

November Ride = Exhaustion

Today I finally ventured out into the cold of Colorado for my first bike ride since driving my little road racer 1,200 miles from California on the back of the Volvo. Dawning my Chinese riding pants and socks, I also made sure to put on my sleeved Mizell Racing jersey because of weather. I packed some goods in case I broke down or stopped to dine, which included a light jacket for any sudden storms that may approach this reckless land and strapped it all to the back of my Trek 1000, just so I could reminisce of the good old days of packing it all down the road. I inflated the tires to their peek performance level of 120 psi, strapped on my helmet, and downloaded MapMyRide for my iPhone. (I also started up my Holux m-241 for redundancy and spot checking.) The only thing left to do was embark.
I stepped out into the brisk 70 degree air, lightly clouded, so the nuclear heat of the sun could be avoided. I shivered. This was a desolate place. The light cloud cover, still air, and seventy degree ambience created a surreal mind fog. Burrrrr…fog.. I plunged right into my ride with vigor and quickly found two factors to be the most obnoxious: one, there was debris all over the roads from the previous storm and de-icing techniques, two, I was dehydrated before my first mile was completed. Racing downhill, I was struggling for good deep breaths, and found mucus collecting faster than I could project it into traffic. However, my body quickly warmed up and I drained a water bottle. Then I began to enjoy the ride, the weather, the scenery and my brief loop through the springs proved to be a fantastic dry, thin-air, up-down warm up for the end of a riding season up here in the Colorado Rockies.

bikeride-Nov_5__2009_12_12

… I suppose I should add that it really isn’t cold here. It’s beautiful and warm and today was a perfect day to ride… but I’ve got to scare the other Californians away, right?

The Route!

I finally got the route off the gps and online!!

Cycling China
For the full GPS file, us this URL:
http://blog.johnmizell.com/man-uploads/gpslog/2009-08-23-china.kml

More so, each post now has the daily GPS route accompanying it’s text.  Soon I hope to have routes on MapMyRide too.

Chinese Cycling Information

Chinese Cycling Information

Plans, Links, Pictures, Updates.  A living document if you will, living vicariously through both this site and other sites which we update.

The Plans

Notes: This plan is being continually updated and contains our comprehensive travel plan including map links, points of interest, routes, alternate routes, contacts and hosts, and any other information we gather.  By looking at this document, you know what we know, updated as we know it (per our internet connectivity)

THE ROUTE – kml file of our actual, shortened, and generally screwy route.

The Calendar

Notes: This Calendar should update as we move.  It contains approximate times for arrival into cities including who we’ll be staying with.

The Photos

Notes: none yet.  Look in your mail box.. maybe you got a post card.  Maybe. :)

The Route

Notes: These are PNGs of our route as shown by Google Maps.  Links to dynamic versions of these PNGs can be found within our SH-HK Plan document.  After we upload our actual route as tracked by our GPS we’ll post those here too.

Destination 1 (Shanghai to Hangzhoug):

  1. Full Pan Sat Image: d1-sat-o1
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d1-o1.png
  3. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d1-o2.png
  4. Detail Road Map (1): d1-d1.png
  5. Detail Road Map (2): d1-d2.png
  6. Detail Road Map (3): d1-d3.png
  7. Detail Road Map (4): d1-d4.png
  8. Detail Road Map (5): d1-d5.png
  9. Detail Road Map (6): d1-d6.png
  10. Detail Road Map (7): d1-d7.png
  11. Detail Road Map (8): d1-d8.png
  12. Detail Road Map (9): d1-d9.png
  13. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 2 (Hangzhou to Shaoxing):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d2-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d2-o2.png
  3. Partial Pan, Road Map (3): d2-o3.png
  4. Detail Road Map (1): d2-d1.png
  5. Detail Road Map (2): d2-d2.png
  6. Detail Road Map (3): d2-d3.png
  7. Detail Road Map (4): d2-d4.png
  8. Detail Road Map (5): d2-d5.png
  9. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 3 (Shaoxing to Tiantai Mountain):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d3-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): hd3-o2.png
  3. Partial Pan, Road Map (3): d3-o3.png
  4. Detail Road Map (1): d3-d1.png
  5. Detail Road Map (2): d3-d2.png
  6. Detail Road Map (3): d3-d3.png
  7. Detail Road Map (4): d3-d4.png
  8. Detail Road Map (5): d3-d5.png
  9. Detail Road Map (6): d3-d6.png
  10. Detail Road Map (7): d3-d7.png
  11. Detail Road Map (8): d3-d8.png
  12. Detail Road Map (9): d3-d9.png
  13. Detail Road Map (10): d3-d10.png
  14. Detail Road Map (11): d3-d11.png
  15. Detail Road Map (12): d3-d12.png
  16. Detail Road Map (13): d3-d13.png
  17. Detail Road Map (14): d3-d14.png
  18. Detail Road Map (15): d3-d15.png
  19. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 4 (Tiantai Mountain to Wenzhou):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d4-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d4-o2.png
  3. Partial Pan, Road Map (3): d4-o3.png
  4. Partial Pan, Road Map (4): d4-o4.png
  5. Detail Road Map (1): d4-d1.png
  6. Detail Road Map (2): d4-d2.png
  7. Detail Road Map (3): d4-d3.png
  8. Detail Road Map (4): d4-d4.png
  9. Detail Road Map (5): d4-d5.png
  10. Detail Road Map (6): d4-d6.png
  11. Detail Road Map (7): d4-d7.png
  12. Detail Road Map (8): d4-d8.png
  13. Detail Road Map (9): d4-d9.png
  14. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 5 (Wenzhou to Taimu Mountain):

  1. Partial Pan, Sat Map (1): d5-sat-d1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Sat Map (2): d5-sat-d2.png
  3. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d5-o1.png
  4. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d5-o2.png
  5. Partial Pan, Road Map (3): d5-o3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (1):  d5-d1.png
  7. Detail Road Map (2): d5-d2.png
  8. Detail Road Map (3): d5-d3.png
  9. Detail Road Map (4): d5-d4.png
  10. Detail Road Map (5): d5-d5.png
  11. Detail Road Map (6): d5-d6.png
  12. Detail Road Map (7): d5-d7.png
  13. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 6 (Taimu Mountain to Ningde):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d6-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d6-o2.png
  3. Detail Road Map (1): d6-d1.png
  4. Detail Road Map (2): d6-d2.png
  5. Detail Road Map (3): d6-d3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (4): d6-d4.png
  7. Detail Road Map (5): d6-d5.png
  8. Detail Road Map (6): d6-d6.png
  9. Detail Road Map (7): d6-d7.png
  10. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 7 (Ningde to Tantouzhen):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d7-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d7-o2.png
  3. Detail Road Map (1): d7-d1.png
  4. Detail Road Map (2): d7-d2.png
  5. Detail Road Map (3): d7-d3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (4): d7-d4.png
  7. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 8 (Tantouzhen to Jiangkouzhen):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d8-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d8-o2.png
  3. Detail Road Map (1): d8-d1.png
  4. Detail Road Map (2): d8-d2.png
  5. Detail Road Map (3): d8-d3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (4): d8-d4.png
  7. Detail Road Map (5): d8-d5.png
  8. Detail Road Map (6): d8-d6.png
  9. Detail Road Map (7): d8-d7.png
  10. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 9 (Jiangkouzhen to Chongwu):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d9-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d9-o2.png
  3. Detail Road Map (1): d9-d1.png
  4. Detail Road Map (2): d9-d2.png
  5. Detail Road Map (3): d9-d3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (4): d9-d4.png
  7. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 10 (Chongwu to Quanzhou):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d10-o1.png
  2. Detail Road Map (1): d10-d1.png
  3. Detail Road Map (2): d10-d2.png
  4. Detail Road Map (3): d10-d3.png
  5. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 11 (Quanzhou to Xiamen):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d11-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d11-o2.png
  3. Detail Road Map (1): d11-d1.png
  4. Detail Road Map (2): d11-d2.png
  5. Detail Road Map (3): d11-d3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (4): d11-d4.png
  7. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 12 (Xiamen to Jiuzhen):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d12-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d12-o2.png
  3. Detail Road Map (1): d12-d1.png
  4. Detail Road Map (2): d12-d2.png
  5. Detail Road Map (3): d12-d3.png
  6. Detail Road Map (4): d12-d4.png
  7. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 13 (Jiuzhen to Qiaodong):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d13-o1.png
  2. Detail Road Map (1): d13-d1.png
  3. Detail Road Map (2): d13-d2.png
  4. Detail Road Map (3): d13-d3.png
  5. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 14 (Qiaodong to Longdong):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d14-o1.png
  2. Detail Road Map (1): d14-d1.png
  3. Detail Road Map (2): d14-d2.png
  4. Detail Road Map (3): d14-d3.png
  5. Detail Road Map (4): d14-d4.png
  6. Detail Road Map (5): d14-d5.png
  7. Detail Road Map (6): d14-d6.png
  8. Detail Road Map (7): d14-d7.png
  9. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 15 (Longdong to Shenzhen):

  1. Partial Pan, Road Map (1): d15-o1.png
  2. Partial Pan, Road Map (2): d15-o2.png
  3. Partial Pan, Road Map (3): d15-o3.png
  4. Detail Road Map (1): d15-d1.png
  5. Detail Road Map (2): d15-d2.png
  6. Detail Road Map (3): d15-d3.png
  7. Detail Road Map (4): d15-d4.png
  8. Detail Road Map (5): d15-d5.png
  9. Detail Road Map (6): d15-d5b.png
  10. Detail Road Map (7): d15-d6.png
  11. Detail Road Map (8): d15-d7.png
  12. Detail Road Map (9): d15-d8.png
  13. Detail Road Map (10): d15-d9.png
  14. Detail Road Map (11): d15-d10.png
  15. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Destination 16 (Shenzhen to Hong Kong):

  1. Full Island Satellite View: d16-sat-o1.png
  2. Full Island Terrain View: d16-ter-o1.png
  3. Full Island Road Map: d16-o1.png
  4. Partial Terrain View (1): d16-ter-d1.png
  5. Partial Terrain View (2): d16-ter-d2.png
  6. Partial Terrain View (3): d16-ter-d3.png
  7. Partial Terrain View (4): d16-ter-d4.png
  8. Actual Route.  *.kml file (soon to come)

Other Important Links:

John’s CS Profile

Dan’s CS Profile