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

Hiking Through Hohhot

Perhaps we’re at the end of our rope, or perhaps we’ve finally found something else to hold on to in life, but Dan and I have begun and maintained a nice streak of extracurricular activities that shy away from visiting various clubs and bars and sucking down the worthless beer of China just for giggles.

Finding great joy in the hills and mountains of Hohhot, this is one place we are finding ourselves on a frequent basis. In the last three weeks, we’ve managed to get out of the city 5 times while still showing up to work and successfully recruited a group of eight in last weeks adventure upward.

In conjunction with these walks into the hills, we’ve also enjoyed a vigor for interacting with our community via good works and lots of smiles. For us our actions are justified through ChinaClown – for the rest of the community, it seems our actions are justified as foreigners. Our most recent endeavor was met with a standing ovation as we serenaded the lonely and bored trinket vendors of the resounding gorges park (a place of sand dunes) with a classically flamenco ukea-john show. Previous interactions were equally welcomed and enjoyed.

On all accounts, our ventures have been duly documented and if not for the untimely dismantling of ChinaClown.com I would be working on and presenting a number of short films in tribute to each of these activities, however as it is, I will be again spending my time building a website.

Look for posts to come regarding:
– Fishing with Neighbors
– Sand Dunes & Camel Races
– Hiking & Caving with Friends
– A Ride into the Hills and Back
as well as many more songs and videos…

Until then, be safe.

Dan’s Task List

Dan gets all the fun..

His last night in Tucson Kira sets up a dinner and a potluck of a scavenger hunt down 4th ave. Dan accepts, Dan performs, Dan cuts some corners, but we’re several drinks in and no one can figure out his magic. Dan buys the next round. Dan wins at pool – or did he lose?

Dan’s gone the following day, only I will see him soon.

Consume Beer, That’s What I Do… But How Much?


Beer, Consumption, and Me.

After a wonderful Monday evening of eating Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies, Swiss Rolls, and Nabisco Golden Oreos and a watching three full movies, essentially doing nothing more than sitting in a chair for 5 hours eating garbage, I decided to evaluate consumption and my participation in the great American tradition.

So I’m sitting and I’ve written a very brief list of things I consume on a regular basis, then I asked myself some simple questions and tried to produce some equally simple answers. All this in an attempt to evaluate the how/why/etc. of my seemingly limited, but very real and exorbitant consumption.

The List:

Foods: Bread, Rice, Canned Food, Veggies, Fruits, Cheese, Soy Milk, Juice, …
Soaps: Cleaners, Toothpaste, detergents, …
Paper: Books, Notes, Art, Photos, Letters, Mailings, …
Bags: Grocer, Garbage (Plastic.Paper), …
Electricity:
Containers: Beer Bottles, Milk Cartons, Juice Bottles, Jelly/Dressing Containers, Steel Cans, …
Water: Drinking, Cleaning, Yard, Cooler, …
Wood: Building, Furnituer, Skateboards, …
Petrol: Gasoline, Motor Oil, …
Fabric: Clothes, Bags, Furniture, …
Metal: Pipes, Tools, Nails, Pots & Pans, This Pen, Electronics, …

This list is infinite. As you can see a list like this would be impossible to complete, however it’s a good start in thinking about consumption and the degree to which we consume and perhaps steering life into a spiral toward simplicity and Winnie the Pooh. Everything that I am surrounded by is being ‘consumed.’ The table I sit at uses and removed a resource from the earth, the pen in my hand, the coffee, the filter, the glass, the electricity, the tile, the ink on the cover of the metal spiral paper filled plastic wrapped notebook full of notes in graphite from my plastic mechanical pencil sold in a package of ink covered paper and plastic shrink wrap on a metal hanger attached to a plastic display set on top of carpeting glued to the concrete floor of the building built of bricks and mortar and metal from aluminum scaffolding transported by a Dodge truck on rubber tires fueled by diesel from a rubber hose out of a steel tank buried in the ground from where the coal and zinc and aluminum and iron and elements for our world came… if I sat long enough I could kill myself without even ending my sentence.
Further, by consuming any one resource I prevent someone else from consuming that particular unit and force them to search out and consume an alternative (whether identical or a substitute) increasing the overall level of consumption regionally, nationally, globally. Good, Bad, it just is… and that’s what I’m trying to explore. Further, I’d like to take the stance that there is such a thing as ‘over consumption.’ Consuming more than is necessary – not more than is needed, but necessary. In many cases I believe it is possible to maintain one’s ‘needs’ at a certain level while making efficient decisions on behavior which minimizes your consumption. Such decisions obviously incorporate the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) but also may include the application of basic economic ideas if R.R.R is just too liberal for you. So I posed these questions to the empty space approximately one half meeter above my head, right there in the vacancy and just far enough away so that if I turn and look up at it I can focus on the details.

I pose this method and these questions.

Identify. What do I consume (Macro: What did I buy today? Micro: What did I use today?)
Value. How much is what I consume worth?
Prioritize. What consumption is most important?
Budget. How much consumption can I afford?
Allocate. Where will I limit myself? Where do I delineate between superfluous and necessary?
Observe. In making changes, did I achieve the desired degree of consumption?

While this process may yield very simplistic results or a highly complex and never ending matrix of tables and understanding, I’ve got to offer a start, a beginning – with no beginning there can be no end – so let’s start thinking about consumption and then moving toward limiting it, or at least seeking insight, asking more questions, and exploring our current understanding, taking a second to look straight up and dissect that never ending sentence into bits. Into a size which is able to be consumed it’s self – for thoughts are infinitely renewable, individual, and valuable only when consumed.

Be provoked and explore life lived… Or… Drink More Beer, but bring your own mug next time.

Winter Break – Work – Train Hopping

It’s difficult to write regularly, however, I’ve begun a couple of other blogs, more informational, so perhaps I’ll remember to write for the fun of it more often too. (though I think I write in the others for the fun of it too.)

Since I last posted I’ve dropped out of school, taken a ‘leave of absence,’ in order to travel and do some introspective, soul searching, goal setting, happy thinking; if that makes sense. [I haven’t used a semi-colon for quite some time] I’m currently working at Wild Oats Market, 5 blocks away from The Adams Street Suite and I’m still teaching CPR/First Aid Courses. Further, I’m doing my share of not have any obligations outside of ‘work.’ i.e. when I’m home, it’s time to relax.

Last night Jon and I went out to try and jump onto a train heading North to Phoenix. We were all set and ready to go, but alas there was no train going north between 10:30 and 2. So we hoofed it back home and got some sleep in our own beds (well, me in mine and he on the couch). I intended to get up and go watch for other places we could hitch on the train, but instead, I got up and started copying some DVDs, made cookies, started laundry, and now here I am. It’s a day to relax and recharge. Maybe later I’ll go rent a DVD and buy some dinner makin’ stuff.

After I work for a while my plan is to take off with Jon to Ecuador and do some surfing and some work (hopefully on some organic farms) but some days I really want to go work and other days I just want to go relax and do nothing of the sort – just adventure and see where the wind takes me. We’ll see what is most probable.

I cut my hair a couple of weeks ago, bought some new pants, and, in general, cleaned up a little. It’s definatly novel.

Surfing this weekend with the club – not a bad deal.

With that I’m going to do a little more work on my other Blogs and websites and try and copy some more DVDs.

Peace.