LIFE

Tough break

Getting up, I knew I wanted to scratch time out of the day to ride, but threw the curtains back to reveal the city smogged over. Smog never elevates a mood. It agitates it. I’ve learned to cope with it, yet each low air quality day gets to me. If you let a smoggy day …

Airport loop

A sweet little loop, today’s route takes you down and around the lower horn of the airport. The roads within the 4th Ring Road are pretty damn “meh”, but if you can tough out the traffic, construction, and choppy concrete, it makes for a decent ride. At a cool 50km, this loop is a good …

Rapid change

Riding in China is an active choice to face change. The seemingly permanent things in life, roads, buildings, and our environment, are constantly being uprooted, bulldozed, and hillocked. Nothing stays the same. The rides I took five years ago have faced constant modification and adaptation, correcting themselves to readily guide me through the ever-changing landscape. …

Sleepless

These past few days found me bedridden with a busted gut. Naturally I’ve rested pretty heavily. Full nights of sleep each day topped off with a nap for good measure, I was hoping for a speedy return. Instead I got restless. I remember as a kid, spooked by a nightmare running to my parents room …