Browsing articles from "March, 2018"
Mar
26
2018

Rambling Different Trails: Knees Are Fickle Friends.

Thursday’s longish ride destination was decided by Steve- Huaiyang for their annual festival. The way out of town surprised us with newly torn up streets. Zhoukou is in a constant state of flux. I thought they’d finished with those improvements after construction last year, but no. The day was beautiful and after back roads into Huaiyang we stopped in to visit Confucius at his temple on the island. The map in my head made a […]

Mar
19
2018

Rambling Different Trails: Back To Our Regularly Programmed Spring.

One thing I missed on our Big Tour was weather that didn’t require a hose-down every half hour. We arrived back in Zhoukou to temperatures in the 70’s. What could be more perfect? That lasted for a few days, then we got smacked down to the reality of spring weather. It’s changeable. Thursday I had the opportunity for the first longish ride since being back. Believing if anything I’d be hot, I left in knickers […]

Mar
12
2018

Rambling Different Trails: The Takeaway

We’re back in Zhoukou now, and our Big Tour is in the books. So what have been the best parts and the parts we would change? What did we learn? What were the surprises? There were a lot of firsts. It was the first time we’d boxed our bikes for air travel, and we had no problems, for the most part. People were universally kind and friendly. In Laos they would always wave and call […]

Mar
5
2018

Rambling Different Trails: A Week Of Contrasts

The route this week took us to some bona-fide tourist destinations, including the beautiful ruins of Vat Phou, a smaller cousin of Angkor Wat, and it’s village of Champasak. The kingdom of Champasak was independent until the French forced it to be part of Laos around 1945. The ruins of the unfinished new palace are visible along the road. From there it was back across the Mekong via ferry and on to the 4000 Islands. […]