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 Road To Shanghai Day One- Reflections on an Expressway

Reporting in from smoggy Zibo! Extremely clear day leaving Beijing today, something unusual for the typically polluted city, but apparently the local officials here in Zibo didn’t get the memo, because as soon as we entered the city limits, we immediately noticed the heavy smog through which the setting sun was filtering through. One of the things I typically do in my “alone” time in my helmet when on trips in China is make comparisons with experiences from back home. Given that this was my first time covering any sort of long distance on the Chinese expressway, I spent a good part of my day thinking about the parallels with the interstate system back home in the US, which is now the only country with a larger and more developed expressway system then China. No Motorcycles Allowed This is certainly the most obvious comparison but is definitely worth mentioning: bikes
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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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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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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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