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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived to the parking at 420, changed, and rushed over to the ticket office to buy wall tickets, shuttle tickers, and gondola tickets…..35$. You then have to walk 400 m to the bus that drives you up and drops you 300 m from the gondola station.

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    Then you walk up the stairs to get there gondola. Time is marching on and the last Gondola down is 6 pm. We finally were on the wall at 5 pm and so after all this riding to get here we had 45 min visit. We did have very few people and a beautiful evening light.

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  3. moment

    moment Adventurer

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    The gas station staff explained, "refueling with aluminum cans is for safety.". The motorcycle exhaust pipe / engine is hot, the pressurized gasoline if directly pumped into the fuel tank, afraid of splashing oil on the exhaust pipe / engine to cause a fire... There may have been many unfortunate accident!
  4. bigequip

    bigequip Ol' fart riding

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    This one of the best ride reports that has been on Advrider. Their have been other very good reports but this is the best now.
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  5. L_Francisc

    L_Francisc Adventurer

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    You are totally right, the only thing I regret is that I have discovered this ride report so late, I would have loved to follow their journey from the start.
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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes we understand the Chinese reasoning for this, but motorcycles refuel AT the pump in the rest of the world with no issues. The leaking kettle dripping gas onto the bike and walking thru the station with open and leaking fuel containers is very dangerous. Just my opinion.
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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks for the really nice comments! We enjoy doing it and it is for us a way to journal and have a record to look back on when we are old and grey...well older and greyer. So glad you enjoy our RR. I should be able to catch up now that we are in the land of 4G again! Hello from Laos. Sara & Daniel.
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well better late than never. Thanks for the comments and following!! Lots more to come!! Sara
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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We got the last of the gondolas down, but had to wait 20 min for the bus to go down again. Its rapidly getting dark. The initial plan had been to ride another 60 km to a hotel near Honda at the 5 th ring road of Beijing and stay 2 nights, but that distance will take about 2 hours. We decided to change hotel plans for tonight and stay much closer to our current location. In Beijing city you can gas at the pumps and so this made getting fuel tonight easy. We left the parking at 1830 and had 11 km to the gas station and then 10 km to the hotel in Huairen, which is located between the 5 th and 6 th ring road. They have unique numbering systems here in Chinese hotels.

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    We had another amazing dinner ordered by Mr. Tang including a very delicious squid dish and a tasty donkey stew. They have these prepackaged dish sets in all the restaurants.

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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The air quality in Beijing is listed as unhealthy, but so far today the ski looks clear! We had another “special” Chinese breakfast at the hotel (included can you believe it) and then set out the 44 km or an hour to Dreamwing Honda, where Trevor has service booked for his valve check etc.

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    We had all ordered tires that Ride China arranged for us and they are in the driver’s van. It is not that far to Honda, but took over an hour. We had one storming of the toll gate today right off the bat and then one car accident that slowed the traffic to a crawl for about 4 km. We arrived to Honda and the shop is very nice. They set out to work on Trevor’s bike, but also agreed to swap out all our tires and balance them for a reasonable price. The local tire shop near by wanted double. We are beginning to find out just how expensive almost everything is in China. They agreed to do it for us after we said we would take off the wheels from the three BMW’s. They gave all the guys new wok gloves as well. They also ordered take out lunch for us.

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  11. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Time flies , it's been almost 4 years since we met here in Guatemala ... and I'm still following and enjoying your RR . An amazing journey :clap:clap:clap
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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    I know crazy! Happy Birthday to you also!!! I hope we will see you in May in Mexico? S&D
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    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    How did you get up on the bench?
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  14. SavannahCapt

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    Um....I'd like to hear more about "tasty donkey stew.":dukegirl
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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    That's what I have the Big guy for!!! :)
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  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Actually very tender not gamey and very delicious! Tasted like a good beef stew! YUM! Donkey who knew??? SP
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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The hotel is only 2.5 km from here and so we were checked in by 1. Trevor picked up his bike at 530 and all seems well. We had deciphered the Beijing subway map and headed to the nearest station on the Line 14. All along the way walking to the station there are discarded bikes that are part of several share bike companies, but they are piled up everywhere within 400 m of the stations. The official route is down into a sewer “canal” and across some broken paving stones (even on maps.me).

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    It is about an hour to the center with changing trains and some walking. You must go thru airport like security screening at every station.

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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived to down town and went thru another security check point to get near to Tienanmen square to find all the actual access to the square closed off. We are not sure if this is a nightly thing or due to some construction being done.

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    We wandered around the center and found a local place for dinner. It was another hour back on the Metro, but we are getting pretty good at it. It is surprisingly orderly. When you enter and exit the train and when you have to move up the stairs or escalators there is no rushing or pushing. The flow of people walking between he lines is constant, but ordered.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have a big day planned today and we are up and out of the hotel and down to the metro station at 830. An hour later we were in Tienanmen square. It was packed with tourist of course. We spent a few minutes to take in its vastness even with the crowds. It is pretty hot in the direct sun so you can not hang out here too long.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then it was across the road to spend several hours in the Forbidden City Palace Museum. There are hordes of people here, but it is all orderly, except where you have to push and force your way to the front to see the throne rooms. This is where the guides would have made their next mistake if we had not changed our plans. The itinerary said we would visit the Forbidden City yesterday and do the bikes today. The Forbidden City is closed one day a week and that was yesterday!


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