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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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    In the dark you can loose your bearing here and we were glad to have an iPhone compass to find the “north city gate” in the dark.

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  2. Gagoem

    Gagoem Adventurer

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    The mongolian speed control is cool...;-) I never saw this before
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  3. EyeCake

    EyeCake Adventurer

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    Its your guide in the van? Does that mean he doesnt have to be close to you each day.
    I am also fascinated with your riding on the highways with no problems which i thought was a complete non option on other reports I read.
    Appreciate the time and effort and someday I would like to ride in China
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes funny. They have these in China or an old wrecked police vehicle with a solar panel to keep the lights on the roof flashing.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The guide was with the driver in the van. We had to wait for them at all the checkpoints. Otherwise we texted them where we had stopped for lunch and we waited for them sometimes. At the end of the day we would meet them 10 km from town or at the hotel if they were far behind. So they were not with us on the road all the time. You can ride on the highway in some Prefectures like Beijing, but mostly not. Each interprets the rule differently. Mostly it is not allowed, but if you can get on thru the toll they don't kick you off. There are no police on the highway as it is all speed camera controlled. The few police we saw say at toll stations didn't pay us any attention. If you are going to do any km you have to go on the highway. SP

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We awoke to a lot of yelling in Chinese at 630. Apparently an entire bus of Chinese tourists had checked in here as well. We and the bikes are filthy after the rain and dirty roads yesterday. It is almost impossible to get laundry done here. We have hand washed the clothes, but the suits need a machine. A car wash for the bikes is a much easier thing….maybe we will just pressure wash ourselves?!
    We set out at 730 and made the toll entry like pros.


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    We have 502 km to ride to Xi’an, which is where the Terracotta Warriors are found.

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    Again they will sell you gas for the bike at the pump at the highway stations where bikes are not permitted!

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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Orvar blew past the direction to Xian exit and had to ride back on the verge as who knows where the next exit to turn around might be!! We had decided to ride about 150 km to near Linfen to refuel and get breakfast. We parked at the restaurant and this caused a huge crowd to gather. They all wanted a photo with the foreign bikers.

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The scenery today is industrial and the pollution horrific. There are a few breaks in the smog!

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    There is a break from the pollution occasionally!!!

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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We made another stop after 180 km and got gas since it is easy on the highway to use the pump.

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    The plan was to go to the hotel, which was booked on the outskirts of the city, but near the metro. The Terracotta Museum is 30 km north east of the city. The city air quality is visibly terrible and much worse than elsewhere we have been. Arriving to the city it was enveloped in smog. I am not sue how anyone can live here. The traffic was not to heavy and we had no trouble getting to our hotel. We had a few hours to relax and the after getting some local advice we walked about 15 min to a packed restaurant for another amazing meal.

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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This guy with the phone was secretly taking pictures of Dan in the pharmacy!!


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    We were up early and walked up the street to get a Chinese breakfast pancake! YUM! Next door to the vendor is this fancy bakery!



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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Our driver is down with the gout, but he will deliver us to the Warriors at 830. This is about 45 min away on the freeway. The place is mobbed with Chinese and a few foreign tourists. We had several hours to explore the excavated areas.

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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had about a hour wait for Mr Tang who was at local clinic, so Starbucks it is, and that meant it was after 2 when we got back to the hotel.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We needed to wash the bikes they are filthy and this took over an hour for 4 bikes (with a few cars interspersed) at the shop next to the hotel.

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    Then it was 415 when we finally set out for the metro to downtown. This takes 45 min and by the time we had walked 700 m to the museum we were told it was too crowded today and we could not get in (today there were 12,000 visitors). Disappointing as it is supposed to be very nice with artifacts from several thousand years of Chinese history. Again we could not find a cab that would take us the 5 km to the city center and after walking 2 km we got on a city bus to the Bell tower.

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  14. yamalama

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    fascinating. to say the least .........
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  15. L_Francisc

    L_Francisc Adventurer

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    I love it, your adventure is the greatest one up here, I-m just following your post with such pleasure. I just have a question, how are the Chinese peoples, what is their type of personality, what kind of people are they?
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  16. michnus

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    Have been to China but only for business and only the big cities, I will have to go back to ride it and spend more time in rural China.

    Rock on!!
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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hard to generalize of course, but all the people we met were friendly, interested in what we were doing and welcomed us to China. One on one for sure they are the same as people everywhere, but in large groups they are very LOUD! I would say that once they are in a car they can be very difficult to deal with. They will drive up beside you and then switch to your lane like you are not even there. Dangerous drivers who do not seem to follow any rules, which is strange for a culture where they are ridged rule followers. They will suddenly stop in the middle of the road to park, to take a photo, or to make a u turn you can never tell. Sara
  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Buy a bike there then you can do what you want. You will need a lot of time so you can stay off the highway! Hope you are enjoying Ecuador! We loved it.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Near here is the Muslim quarter, which is a number of streets packed with people and even kind of street food and souvenir.


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  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then we made for the Drum and Bell towers again and to the subway for another 45 min ride back to the hotel.

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