Total Miles: 5564
Rider: Bill Weir; 54 years old, travel writer, Non-Member.
Summary: I realized how diverse and big the country is on a 180-day ride that began in the southeast corner, swung to the northwest, then out to the far west.; Self-Planned
Health Issues: none
Motivation: The idea of cycling completely across China was very compelling.
Most Challenging Aspect:Getting a long-term visa, which required sponsorship by a company in China and a good bit of luck.
Favorite Experience: Cycling across the green hills of northeastern Tibet and watching Tibetans on the move with their livestock.
Least Favorite: Mud, mud, and mud. Even major highways can turn into miserable bogs. Road construction is going on at a furious pace, so things are getting better.
Tips: China has opened up so that cyclists can ride almost anywhere, but some areas are closed and hard to find out about. I didn't have any problems, but maybe I was a bit lucky.
Online Journal: Click Here
Date Entered: Jan, 2011
Photo by Dennis Coello