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The Trip Starts July 3, 2005 and ends August 25, 2005 (see route & schedule)
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Stage 1: Shanghai to Nanjing

Rain is a beautiful thing - 160 kilometers
Nanjing -- Tue, Jul 5, 2005
Rain and clouds ment I could fly into Nanjing. More on this day coming soon

Happy Independence Day in China - 115 kilometers
Changzhou -- Mon, Jul 4, 2005
It was another damn hot day, but I followed the current chinese fashion trend in this area by throwing a towel on my head and it helped. It didn't help the wind though. I had been warned about the westerly wind that goes through china -- why I choose to go west, we will never know...

There were a few "crop prayer" fireworks sent off along my way, but nothing like in the states... I haven't been able to get my hands on any, but we'll see what I find tonight.

Light one up for me ;)

Hot, hot, hot in Suzhou - 110 kilometers
Suzhou -- Sun, Jul 3, 2005
Bike Across China has started. We kicked it off from Shanghai at 7:30am and three bikers from the Shanghai Bike Club joined.

It was in the high 90's and a brutual day -- biking through the high heat at noon...

Had a great discussion with a number of US principals who are here for a conference about education in China. Highlight was learning the perverse incentives that No Child Left Behind provides principals in regards to special needs children. According to the principals, "one special needs child can completely ruin a school's [score]". These scores are the principal's benchmarks with their districts. Interesting...

Autism in Shanghai
Shanghai -- Sat, Jul 2, 2005
Amazing volunteer day at a school for children with autism in Shanghai (www.shanghaiautism.com). Was also interviewed by the China Daily/Shanghai Star.

Mental disabilities are highly closeted in china. In four months here I have only seen one person that I could identify as having special needs. There is a big social stigma in having a child with autism, because children are supposed to support there parents when they are older.

The founder's will to start this organization is amazing, with no societial support and very little community understanding. These people are true heros and make my bike ride look easy.

 

Trip Diary
Pre-trip
Stage 1: Shanghai - Nanjing (7/3 - 7/6)
Stage 2: Nanjing - Hefei (7/8 - 7/9)
Stage 3: Hefei - Xi'an (7/11 - 7/19)
Stage 4: Xi'an - Lanzhou (7/22 - 7/27)
Stage 5: Lanzhou - Jiayuguan (7/29 - 8/5)
Stage 6: Jiayuguan - Turpan (8/7 - 8/16)
Stage 7: Turpan - Urumqi (8/18 - 8/19)
Stage 8: Urumqi - Korgaz (8/22 - 8/28)

Date Title Location
Aug 23 Sweet Pain -- We Made It Korgaz
Aug 22 Uphill to Wind Lake Salima Hu
Aug 21 Biking The Prisoneer Highway Along the Red Pepper Mountains JingHe
Aug 20 Chinese Mothers TunHe
Aug 19 The Final Volunteer Day Urumqi
Aug 18 Urumqi, What a City Urumqi
Aug 17 The Last Day for Wen Ray and Fang Wen Guang Urumqi
Aug 16 Rugged Desert and The Police
Aug 15 The Second Lowest Place in the World Turpan
Aug 14 Toilet Paper vs. Prostitutes QiKeTai
Aug 13 Sunset is Nice, Biking in the Dark Isn't YiWanQuan
Aug 12 Meeting Our Match Hami
Aug 11 Dry to the bone Hami
Aug 11 Gobi Down Hami
Aug 10 Small Town China Small town on edge of desert
Aug 9 Chinese Customer Service (Negotations) Dunhuang
Aug 8 Let's Talk About The Roads Dunhuang
Aug 7 Kao, Kao, Kao Lamb's Barn
Aug 6 Sick Returns Yumen
Aug 5 Volunteer Day in Jiayuguan Jiayuguan
Aug 4 Being a Chinese Wingman Jiayuguan
Aug 3 The Desert Has Arrived QingShui
Aug 2 Talking Politics in China Zhengye
Aug 1 Biking the Great Wall Zhengye
Jul 31 Where's the Beef... No Lamb? Small Village
Jul 30 A Toilet Seat Would Be Nice WuWei
Jul 29 Being a Celebrity TienJou
Jul 29 The Faces We Pass TienJou
Jul 28 Volunteer Day in Lanzhou Lanzhou
Jul 27 I got a visa ;) Lanzhou
Jul 26 The Six Questions Lanzhou
Jul 25 Why Bike Across China? HuiNing
Jul 24 The Mountain Climbs Begin LongDe
Jul 23 The West Has Arrived YongChuang
Jul 22 Sick or Not the Kilometers Must Go On YongShou
Jul 22 Three Stages Down -- Five to Go YongShou
Jul 21 A Full Volunteer Day in Xi'an Xi'an
Jul 20 Leaving Relics at the Terracotta Warriors Xi'an
Jul 19 And I thought I was ok... Xian
Jul 17 Longest day ever TongGuang
Jul 16 No Hot Water Until 6pm Luoyang
Jul 15 Volunteer Day in ZhengZhou ZhengZhou
Jul 14 XuChang to ZhengZhou ZhengZhou
Jul 13 Zhumadian to XuChang XuChang
Jul 12 News Clip from Nanjing Newspaper Zhumadian
Jul 12 10 Days Down Zhumadian
Jul 11 Chinese law is not always written Xin Yang
Jul 10 Biking at Night Huang An
Jul 9 Easy Day to Lu'an Lu'an
Jul 8 Sad I Don't Have the Answer Hefei
Jul 7 The Chinese Countryside Quan Jiao
Jul 6 Teaching English in Nanjing Nanjing
Jul 5 Rain is a beautiful thing Nanjing
Jul 4 Happy Independence Day in China Changzhou
Jul 3 Hot, hot, hot in Suzhou Suzhou
Jul 2 Autism in Shanghai Shanghai
Jun 23 Autism In China -- An Amazing Day Beijing
Jun 18 Training -- Beijing to Baoding Baoding
   
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