Browsing articles from "November, 2016"
Nov
28
2016

Rambling Different Trails: Masks, Flat Tires,Teapots and Snow.

I wasn’t expecting to have snow and cold weather before you all in Lincoln, but we got it anyway. We woke up to flurries Tuesday morning and it kept up all day. It didn’t dampen the spirits of the students, though. They were excited to see it and still packed the performing arts center to see who would be judged the best singer on campus that evening. Most of the 25,000 students live on a […]

Nov
21
2016

Rambling Different Trails: Widening The Ring.

I’ve been riding the spicy soup loop forward and backward this past week so I feel like I’m getting to know the area to the west better. I didn’t even get lost! Next up, more of the southeast sector. This last week was foggy and smoggy. I’ve never ridden in fog like I did yesterday. You might think that it would make people stay home, but no. There were cargo motos and scooters everywhere. Luckily, […]

Nov
14
2016

Rambling Different Roads: Where Was I, And How Did I Get Here?

There was no reverse spicy soup ride for me this week. Instead I managed to get quite lost above Huaiyang when I thought I was below it, so I got about the same mileage wandering around as I would have. It was cloudy so I lost my orientation and I couldn’t get my map to work, then I got bad directions. I just wish I’d known where I was at the time. Sunday I finally […]

Nov
7
2016

Rambling Different Trails: It Was A Good Week, It Was A Bad Week.

First, the good part. Ding invited me to ride out to Xiaoyaozhen for spicy soup, a 100 km loop in a direction I hadn’t yet explored. His texts are understandable but spoken English not so much, as is the case with many who have studied English here from people who don’t really speak it. I try not to ask too many questions to keep the frustration level down. The route took us through orchard country […]

Nov
1
2016

Getting Along: Close Call Database

You’re a safe, savvy rider. You follow the rules of the road. You’re friendly and communicative. You choose less-busy routes when you can, and you ride predictably. You make it easy for drivers to see you. No doubt, the vast majority of other road users you encounter will be cooperative and even outright appreciative. You can’t change the fact that some drivers, no matter what you do, will be upset simply that you are on the road, and […]