Monthly Archives: October 2012

Week 8 Shenanigans

Yet another pack of cyclists we ran into along the way to Zhengzhou. Our Warm Showers host, Mr. Wang, editor of “Zhengzhou Cyclists News” magazine and VP of the “Zhengzhou Old People Cyclists Association.”  65 and still a strong rider! … Continue reading

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Week 7 Sightseeing

After our short-lived stint with the big biker family, we returned to life as usual: getting a late start, eating a giant lunch, napping in forests, and quitting early in the evenings. Here’s how Mingyu and I entertained ourselves while … Continue reading

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Week 7 and 8 Eats

Note: I’m trying out a new format here because trying to coordinate several blocked websites at once is, surprise, a giant hassle.   The day-in and day-out face-stuffing continues!  We have yet to enter the tropics, so there’s nothing very … Continue reading

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En Masse

It started like any other day in Shanxi province: alternating between grueling uphills in low gear and freewheeling descents.  Alternating between pure, untouched (except for the road, of course) nature and giant, dirty-ass coal factories spewing stuff into the air. … Continue reading

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A New "Weirdest Thing I’ve Ever Eaten"

The circumstances were a little weird and I won’t go into them at the moment.  I’ll just be as straightforward as possible.  I ate a goat brain tonight.  Apparently if you’ve got enough cilantro you can get through just about … Continue reading

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More Veg*an Treats from the Road, Weeks 5 and 6ish

We all know hot pot, right?  Where you dip/blanch vegetables in spicy broth that’s being cooked right in front of you?  That’s called “huo guo”, fire pot.  This is its cousin and a new favorite cooking method of mine.  I … Continue reading

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Week 5 and 6 Photo Barrage!

We spent one night with a host from the website Warmshowers.org, which  is basically couchsurfing for cyclists.  Our host was an English teacher at “Baoding 1st Secondary School,” so we got a tour. The school was pretty nice – not … Continue reading

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If There Is Anything That Is Wrong, Then This Is Also Wrong.

Warning: This post contains some unpleasant pictures.   They’re not gruesome, but they are for sure gross, a bit gory, and hopefully at least a little disturbing. Modification of warning: the Great Firewall is still completely screwing me over.  I have … Continue reading

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My TEDx Palgong Talk – Official Version

Most of you have probably already seen the version I mailed out, but here’s the legit one!  Watch it, like it, share it, pity me when nobody laughs at my jokes… http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/My-Path-to-Green-Living-Michael http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=gosQDsnwlTM

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Southward, Sloooooowly

Getting a grip on the size of China has been quite a mind-bending experience. Several times, after managing to settle in to a good pace and hammer out 80 or 90km a day for a few days in a row, … Continue reading

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