Posts Tagged ‘Sandoulin’


I cycled along the freeway in the backblocks of China thinking – this is a world full of beautiful people. People caring for their families and enjoying daily life. People with their hopes, dreams and worries.

Refreshment

Refreshment

Today I used my Chinese in a deep philosophical discussion about life and happiness. Life and happiness is the same the world over. I am an example of the human condition, and I am alive today, sharing this planet with others. I hope in the future, another generation of people can live these experiences, and carry on the human condition. It is a beautiful thing – the human experience – and I am honoured to be part of it today and now.

My other thoughts today as I struggled against the fierce wind were how developed China is. All the freeways are brand new and amazing engineering feats. The cities are springing up out of nothing, but are mostly already there. New, snazzy cars zoom along the freeways and in the cities. This is not an America wannabe. It is wealthy already. It is not like America, and it doesn’t wannabe.

The cycling was slow going today against the wind. We called it a day at the big town of Hami.


The rest-place on the freeway was occupied by a group of Chinese motorcyclists. We arrived and the cameras came out. All items on the bike were examined – bells rung, tyre pressure checked, panniers examined. I sat down and took out my sunscreen, which was ripped from my hand. What is it? Cameras pointed at me from all angles, I pulled out my phone and took a video.

Observers

Observers

The road climbed, onto ever higher plains skirting the mountains. It was here that I passed 16000km from Eindhoven.

16000km

16000km

Lunch was at the summit. A busload of Chinese tourists arrived, and it was an orgy of photos. Cameras and mobile phones abound. I posed dozens of times in front of the bike, giving the V sign or the thumbs up. I think we were the reason for the delayed departure of the bus. When we finally went for lunch, we found it had been paid for.