A Day in the Life of the VeloTramp in China: Riding

Tea in China

Zao Shang Hao (Good Morning) The early morning was shrouded in the lingering mists of the morning rain. I prepped my machine and headed out. It was a Saturday with no classes due to provincial examinations in preparation for the national exam in June. It was a free day, forecasting a sunny day, and I planned to…

A Song for the Road: Music From My Cycling Playlist

Hello Vietnam Cycling

There are many different reasons to ride bike. It may be for enjoyment, or for exercise. It may be for travel, or it may be to pick up a few things at the supermarket. To me it doesn’t really matter what the reason for getting on the bike is. I enjoy them all. I also…

Cycling Dream Trips: Subject to Change

Dream Rides

The weather doesn't exactly inspire dreams of cycling. Thankfully, my book does. I am sitting on my balcony and looking out into a dense night fog. It is rainy season here in southern China and much of the days and nights are shrouded in the velvet mists that linger on after the rains have come…

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring. Welcome Back.

Goodbye Winter

Winter comes just about everywhere. Even here in my Chinese hometown of Jianou, just a short hop north of the Tropic of Cancer, winter comes. To be sure, the very short and mild winter we get here doesn’t bear any resemblance to what most people in Canada would consider winter. Daytime temperatures spend little time…

Spa Therapy: A Relaxing Afternoon in Jianou

Jianou Spa

It’s a beautiful, warm Autumn Sunday afternoon in Jianou. What can I do with it? I know! How about gather some friends together and head to the spa? That’s right. The spa. In China, a trip to the spa is a wonderful treat and rather inexpensive. So, what better way to spend a nice relaxing…

Tips for Long Distance Travel in China

Traveling in China is completely unlike travel I have experienced in other countries. First of all, China is a huge country, much bigger than people realize. So when you are traveling within it’s borders you are likely to encounter flight times that are much longer than you anticipated and train and bus journey times long…

China Summer Riding Tour: Thanks for Riding Along

Gansu Qinghai

There are many sayings about where your home is. Some say that home is where your heart is, or where you lay your head at night. It may be where you park it, or where you hang your hat. This afternoon, after several days of being in transit and a grand total of 6 weeks…

Altitude: The VeloTramp in Gansu

The ride out of Lanzhou was a silky smooth transition of leg over leg as I pushed my way up the gradual but insistent incline. I felt strong as I pushed my heavy laden bike up the narrow byway to National Highway G309 at which point I took a sharp turn to the west and…

The Deserts of Northwest China: A VeloTramp Summer

deserts of china

4 to 5 weeks riding the historical Silk Road through the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts. Man, I love the sound of that! One of the reasons I was so interested in coming to China to teach English was the large amounts of vacation every year. Typically, there is one month of vacation in winter spread…