The Great Ride of China Recognized By Guinness World Records

Guinness has officially recognized Amy and my motorcycle ride around China for being the longest continuous motorcycle ride in a single country! We just found out a few days ago and have shared the news on our dedicated trip website over at The Great Ride of China. Here’s the quote from Guinness’ website: The longest journey by motorcycle in a single country is 33,357.15 km (20,727.13 miles) and was achieved by Buck Perley (USA) and Amy Mathieson (UK) who rode throughout China from 19 July to 11 December 2013. The duo’s journey took 146 days and took them through all of China’s provinces. The motorcycle used was a Chinese CFMOTO CF650-TR.
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An Accident, My Battery, And The No. 1 Motorcycle Club of Zoucheng

Hitting Bottom on Day 11- Second To Last Day of The Trip I think there comes a time for many ex-pats living in China, particularly those that don’t live in first tier cities like Beijing or Shanghai, where you sort of hit a psychological bottom and just want out. This usually happens as a result of being surrounded by a different culture, language, food, etc. from what you’re comfortable with from back home. With nearly two years and only 1 two week holiday back home though, I’ve been generally content with life in China. Today however, I think I finally felt like I had had enough. The weather didn’t help much either as last night a dense cloud of pollution had descended upon the east coast of China. The road today (mainly G104) was under heavy construction too, so in addition to all the pollution, everything was covered in dust
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U-Turn Back To Beijing

A quick summary of the few days off from the motorcycle: Said hi to Amy’s dad and took the dog for a walk Enjoyed a lovely fancy duck dinner on the Bund in Shanghai Took the high speed train from Shanghai to Nanjing (but went to the wrong train station so had to change tickets) Arrived in Nanjing, dropped off bags at the hotel, and had lunch Went to visit a Confucius temple that was celebrating his two thousandth something birthday. It was really crowded Walked along the old city wall (longest and biggest in China/the world) Had drinks and dinner at the Sheraton hotel and then soon after got food poisoning. Changed hotels to the Westin and then spent my last 24 hours in Nanjing sick in bed Next day, good as new, breakfast then train to Suzhou, visited the “Humble Administrator’s” garden and Tiger Hill and then back
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Day 2 to Shanghai- Back On The Provincial Roads

Slower but a little more hectic today as we are now relegated to the smaller provincial roads. It is a little slower going but definitely more interesting as we pass through the different towns, not to mention the people at gas stations and lunch spots are a little more chatty. We were on a couple of roads today that I really enjoyed, with interesting scenery as we passed over small hills and drove through long sweeping turns. So for anyone who happens to be in the area of Lin Yi (临沂) in Shandong Province, check out routes S277 and G307. Otherwise, not too much else to report. The weather has been nice and there are definitely signs of autumn showing, particularly with all the farmers laying their corn to dry on the sides of the roads. We finished up the day today in a nice, clean (it is possible in
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The Smidsy

A few weeks ago I witnessed a motorcycle accident. I have been in an accident in the past (hit from behind on my Triumph America), but this was the first serious motorcycle accident I witnessed as a bystander. Needless to say, it was quite upsetting. I was heading east along a 4 lane road (2 lanes east, 2 lanes west) and there was a Harley Electra Glide driving alone in the oncoming direction. At the same time, a lady was pulling out of a shopping complex on the north side of the street. She looked both ways, and then shot out to get in to the eastbound lane, crossing the westbound lane in the process. Unfortunate for the Electra Glide rider, she pulled out right in front of him. He tried to swerve to avoid but hit the back end of her car, was thrown off the motorcycle and tumbled
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