Re-born in the USA!

Take one 40 something Scotswoman with a bucket list topped by the words ‘tour the United States on a motorbike someday.’ Add a lifelong fascination with all things American, a desire to eat grits, see a Grizzly, ride a Quarter Horse western style and, most importantly, ride a Harley. Complicate matters with an auto-immune joint disease meaning constant pain and an end to motor biking days. Pipe dream? I thought so – till I got the opportunity to stay with friends in Shapleigh, Maine for three weeks. A couple of days into my Maine visit, my host Calum Stonehouse, a fellow Scot, and I, took a run down to North Hampton, to the Triumph dealership to see a bike Calum was thinking about buying. Whilst prowling through all things bike, I noticed the most amazing T120 Bonneville, late fifties/early sixties complete with a Stieb open sidecar, sitting to one side
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Ryan Pyle’s Guinness World Record Trip Around China

I came upon this story recently through my oft-overlooked University Alumni e-newsletter from University of Toronto. The reason it caught my eye was the subject: “Documenting China – An Alumni Speaker Series Event”. So I opened up the email to see what this was all about, and it turns out that a fellow alum, Ryan Pyle (HBA 2001, New College) had very recently toured around the entirety of China with his brother Colin, in an adventure that they called the Middle Kingdom Ride. The ride was not only record setting for the longest motorcycle ride in a single country at 18,000km, but they also filmed the whole trip and plan on releasing the feature length documentary later this year. Ryan first came to China after graduation in 2001 and, as with many that come to visit China, he became hooked from that point forward. Ryan started off his career freelancing
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Day 3 and 4- Enjoying The Sights By The Sea

Well it looked like my dehydration from traveling mixed with the baijiu and beer enjoyment from the night before left me severely incapacitated the next day. While I was in bed recovering, the rest of the group went out to explore the beaches, even renting a boat to take them out to sea a bit. By the afternoon I had recovered enough to meet up for lunch before the four in the car would be heading back home to Beijing. Amy and I took the rest of the day to walk around the nearly entirely abandoned resort town, enjoying some local fish for dinner before heading to bed in order to get an early start in the morning. The next day we were able to pick up some street food for breakfast, guan bing (a type of pancake with egg, lettuce, some potato, and sauce) and you tiao (油条- oil
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Day 3 and 4- Enjoying The Sights By The Sea

Well it looked like my dehydration from traveling mixed with the baijiu and beer enjoyment from the night before left me severely incapacitated the next day. While I was in bed recovering, the rest of the group went out to explore the beaches, even renting a boat to take them out to sea a bit. By the afternoon I had recovered enough to meet up for lunch before the four in the car would be heading back home to Beijing. Amy and I took the rest of the day to walk around the nearly entirely abandoned resort town, enjoying some local fish for dinner before heading to bed in order to get an early start in the morning. The next day we were able to pick up some street food for breakfast, guan bing (a type of pancake with egg, lettuce, some potato, and sauce) and you tiao (油条- oil
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Day 2- 100 Year Old Dumplings and a Seaside Ghost Town

China Traveler’s Tip: Always check your bill from your restaurant and hotels. As we were checking out this morning, the front desk/cleaning staff tried to tack on extra charges, claiming that we had used one of the for-pay packaged extras in the room. As soon as we double checked and then started kicking up a fuss though, they quickly said it didn’t matter and let us be on our way. This wasn’t the first time that this had happened when traveling in China unfortunately. We were back on the road a little later than we would have liked but made pretty good time getting to Changli where my co-worker Cindy was going to meet us. Changli was a very typical Chinese city- very crowded, busy, and congested but nice enough with a big scenic mountain in the backdrop. It certainly didn’t have the eerie feel that Tangshan from the night
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