10,000km On The Great Ride of China Already??

Hi Everyone! It’s been a busy few weeks since the last update on The Great Ride of China, but we’ve finally found a few days to rest and catch up on everything. It’s been quite a while now since the last update on our ride here on mychinamoto but a lot has happened since the last update which left us at Xi’an. We’ve now ridden through 11 provinces (1/3 of the way done!) and have passed 10,000km. We are currently in Xinjiang province, at our most western point in Kashgar. We visited the western end of the Great Wall in Jiayuguan Hiked the sand dunes in Dunhuang and visited the ancient Buddha grottoes (Some beautiful desert roads on the approach to the city) We went to one of the lowest points in earth in the Turpan Depression getting stuck in a massive sandstorm while visiting the monument at Aiding Lake
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Progress Report on The Great Ride of China

Hello readers! I just wanted to give an update on the motorcycle trip I’ve been on with my girlfriend for the past 3 weeks now. We’ve now covered over 6,000km (about 4k miles) and now passed through 8 out of 33 (or 34 depending on if we go to Taiwan) provincial level regions. So far since starting, we’ve made our way north west towards the North Korean border and then up to Harbin to enjoy some of the Russian influenced architecture. We then moved on, taking a re-route from our original plan and moved north towards the Russian border in a town called Manzhouli. We hit some rough roads through Heilongjiang province with construction, rain, mud, and pot holes. The Mongolian border also had some rough roads, but after about 20km of straight construction site the roads got considerably better. In fact, the roads through Inner Mongolia have easily been
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Announcing The Great Ride of China!

It’s been a while now again since I last posted anything here. The last post I published gave a very obvious hint as to why that might be. For the past 5 months I have been busy preparing for a long distance motorcycle trip around China. I had intended to write updates on the preparation my girlfriend Amy and I were doing, but unfortunately, the last couple months leading up to the trip have become increasingly busy. Making The Official Announcement Well after all this work and finally clearing the last major hurdle to us starting on the trip just over a week before our planned departure date, I am happy to be able to formally announce The Great Ride of China! On July 18th, my girlfriend Amy and I will be departing on a 4 month, 25,000km motorcycle ride around China where we intend to drive through every province
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The Long Haul- Preparing for a Long Distance Motorcycle Adventure

When you’re getting ready for a really long distance trip by motorcycle, on the one hand you want to make sure you prepare as much as possible. On the other though, part of the fun of it all is dealing with the unexpected and just sort of “playing it by ear”. Well it’s been a while since my 2 month circumnavigation of the U.S. in 2010 and I’m ready to hit the road again. I don’t really want to say this is the formal announcement of the trip yet since there are a lot of variables still in play, but I thought it would be useful to document the process of preparing for a mentally and physically taxing long distance motorcycle ride. This will be the first in a series following the steps I’ll be taking to prepare for the next motorcycle adventure. A Little Background The Plan: To motorcycle
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Getting Some Ride Ideas For The UK

Got another infographic to share, this one’s interactive and though originally for cars could still definitely have some good ideas for bikes. I’ve unfortunately never had the opportunity to ride around the UK myself, but it’s definitely on the bucket list. The Long Way Down/Round gave a really nice, though brief glimpse into some of the roads there, particularly in the North, that first got me interested. I also think it would be great to ride Britain on a british bike. Maybe some day I’ll be able to find a classic Triumph and try out some of these rides. Check ’em out below! (Click on the image to get the interactive features including Google Maps and video)
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