Days 3 & 4 To Shanghai: Weddings and Bridges and Fireworks Oh My!

The National Holidays in China are a very popular time for holding marriage ceremonies around the country. Apparently this is because it’s a time when everyone is home for the holidays and so they can gather the whole family together to celebrate. We found this was the case last year when we traveled to Qingdao; as there were several van-fulls of matrimonial couples dressed up in what were most likely rented outfits from the photography company lining up to take pictures in front of the big church in Qingdao (left over from the European concessions in the area). This time around was no different as we passed maybe a dozen wedding processions on the road. The way this typically works is you have a train of about 5 cars, usually either black Audis or red Fords, with ribbons tied all over them and their license plates covered in red Chinese
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New York New York- Quick Motorcycle Tour of the State

View Larger Map Have you ever taken ride on your motorcycle down a road where each exit, gas station, and rest stop is like going through a flip book of your life? Where each page is a memory of a specific event, ride, or vacation? That’s how I feel about rt. 17 (aka “Future 86”) which runs through Western NY. I never totally realized it before, but there has been a lot happen to me and my family over the years all along that highway, and so it seemed to be a great way to spend my first road trip back in the U.S. in over a year and a half. For those who haven’t been reading, I’ve been living (and riding) in China since December 2010. It was my first time back home in a long time and it was a treat to be riding on American pavement again
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