The Long Road Down From Beijing to Shanghai

Well it’s Autumn in China again and that means it’s time for another road trip! Last year for the 1 week long National Day holiday in China, Amy and I rode my 250cc Jincheng motorcycle from Beijing to Qingdao with a stop over in another Chinese seaside city, Yantai. This year however, with my recently acquired second hand Honda Shadow, we’ll be doubling that distance for our longest trip in China yet, 1,200+km (2400km round trip) from Beijing to Shanghai! I spent the past week going through all the necessary bike prep steps to make sure it was ready for the road. This was particularly important to me since I bought it second hand from a local guy and wanted to make sure it was fully ready for the journey. Turns out… it wasn’t. After going to three different mechanics this week for all the various jobs I needed doing,
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What You Need to Know to Motorcycle in China

Here’s some info that I’ve gathered as I figure out how to legally buy and ride a motorcycle in China where I’ve recently moved. I’ve also included links of some very helpful resources at the end.
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Day 1 on the Trail – Timberline Lodge To Salvation Springs

September 11th; Approx. 20 miles Last night I quickly rushed to switch around all my packing to get ready to hike, and then went downstairs to meet everyone more formally (and was also treated to an amazing dinner of eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns). Soon we were all in bed, ready for an early 4:40am wake up. By 8:15 this morning, we had made the drive, I met Farmboy, and the four of us, Splints, FB, their dad, and I, were on our way from Timberline Lodge (actually used as the exterior in the movie “The Shining”). The hiking was great. It felt so good to be on the trail again that I felt I would have no problem with 30 miles, as my friend Barrel Roll was warning me I’d have to do when they caught up to me. Also there were some great views along the way of Mt.
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8,600 miles by bike, 600 by foot: Touring the U.S. for 2 Months

On the 27th of August I will be leaving on a roughly 2 month long hybrid motorcycle-hiking trip, living out of my frame pack and saddle bags for over 60 days. It’s something that has been in the works for a while now. It started off as a trip to New Orleans that Brent and I had been planning as a way to “launch” our site and then it just started growing from there, as plans like this often do.
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