Jun
19
2017

Rambling Different Trails: The Takeaway.

There is a possibility that one week from today we could be on our way back to the U.S. Final exams have been given and now I’m in the middle of a sea of grading, leaving limited time for riding. I hope I have time later this week for another trip to Luyi, and maybe Xiaoyaozhen. So what is it I’ll most remember about riding around Zhoukou this past year? Maybe how much difference ten […]

Jun
12
2017

Rambling Different Trails: It’s Hit Or Miss With Maps.

I have a complicated relationship with the maps on my phones. Between my two phones I have four maps, each good for particular things at different times. Some things no map will say, like that the last few miles of both county roads 020 and 004 have fallen into disrepair and are practically impassable after a rain. Usually I don’t have map problems, but yesterday I seemed to find some kind of interruption of space […]

Jun
5
2017

Rambling Different Trails: There’s Always Something New.

Have you ever had a route you thought you knew, only to find that you had no idea what was only a few blocks away? That happened to me last week. I thought I had finally established a good Nuwa temple loop to the north when I saw some spires poking above the rooftops of Xihua. I went closer to investigate, and was shocked to discover a whole previously unknown temple complex only a few […]

May
29
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Harvest Road Hazards, Zhoukou Style.

Around Lincoln when you think of riding gravel during harvest time you may think of combines and corn pickers on the roads in the fall. They probably take up most of the road and if you’re lucky you squeeze around them. Around Zhoukou the wheat harvest is happening now, with pint-sized combines and by hand. I crossed paths with probably eight convoys of around six combines each just last Wednesday. American sized combines would be […]

May
22
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Patch Glue, Bushwhacking, And Kindness To Foreigners.

These are the key words for this week’s adventures. The first two could be taken as buzz kill but really, they had redeeming elements. All year long I’ve had issues with the rubber cement sold as patch glue here. Steve has a theory that it’s missing a key ingredient found in what we use in the U.S. which makes this glue less toxic (less huff-able), but more apt to fail. At least half my flats […]

May
15
2017

Rambling Different Trails: The Good, The Bad, And The Annoying.

Only a month remains for us here in Zhoukou. I’ve enjoyed my time here and Steve really loves it. They very much want us back next fall, especially as they have no other native speakers lined up (the other three are retiring), so who knows? While biking around the city and countryside this past academic year I’ve noticed many local practices that I never would have seen if I wouldn’t have been riding a bike. […]

May
12
2017

Bike Bingo!

  If you weren’t able to make it to the Bike to Work Week kick off this morning, you can download your Bike Bingo cards here:  Bicycle BINGO Please return completed cards at the Bike Fashion Show on Wednesday, May 17 from 5 to 7pm at Ploughshare Brewing or Friday, May 19 from 4:30 to 6pm at the Ice Cream Social at the Jayne Snyder Trails Center. Completed cards can also be sent to Mike […]

May
9
2017

Bike to Work Week – May 12-19, 2017

The city of Lincoln is partnering with local bike shops, BicycLincoln, a local bicycle advocacy group, The Great Plains Trails Network, and the Nebraska Bicycle Alliance to encourage residents to participate in Bike to Work Week, May 12 through 19. Several events are planned at The Jayne Snyder Trails Center in Union Plaza. A free kick-off rally is set for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 12.  Cyclists are encouraged to stop by the Jayne […]

May
8
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Sizing Up Your Riding Companions.

I did it again. The last time I dragged someone through the pain cave, it was “David,”who underestimated the requirements and effects of a 100(+) km ride. He was back for more the following week, but he’s young. This time it was “Peter.” Peter missed the dirt levee ride to the Beichangshediancun pagoda last week, which was a blast, so he cooked up a plan to ride to Huaiyang to visit a project at the […]

May
1
2017

Rambling different Trails: Are You A Destination Rider Or A Rambler?

Some of us are both destination riders and ramblers at different times, but when trying to entice others to go on a ride with you, knowing what kind of rider they are is useful. Both my husband and son are destination riders. They like to commute and will go on the occasional trail ride, but find their bicycle joy mainly in utilitarian cycling. I like utilitarian cycling too, but hey, I like all cycling. If […]

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