Zài Jiàn Shanghai! Apr 7, 2013

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These past few weeks have been absolutely incredible. Our bike tour was easily one of the most exhilarating rides I’ve ever been on. To be concise, it was an eye-opening experience. I really thought that I knew what China was all about but almost immediately, I realized my preconceptions vastly polarized. My anxieties about some situations subsided, as the harsh reality of globalization’s effect on a ancient land settled in.

There’s nothing that can prepare you for the realities that hide on the outskirts of the city. As my film gets processed and scanned, I’ll begin think about how I’ll present my experience on paper. Right now, I feel like I’ve been nursing a two week long hangover. My body aches, my head is pounding and my lungs need some recovery time. So would I do it again? Of course.

When it’s all said and done, I’ve met some truly amazing people and had the opportunity to share all these experiences on bikes with them. I’ll say in confidence that we all will walk away from this trip with some great memories and for that, I’ll always be thankful to the communities that we rode with, the towns we stayed in and the guys at Factory 5.

Until next time, Shanghai, zài jiàn.

  • http://feelingoffixed.tumblr.com/ Daniels Langeberg

    Right on! Enjoy OZ bro

  • Tu-Nga Nguyen

    Zai Jian! Don’t forget to send me your friend’s email if he wants the big booty poster ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/VinylDonQuixote Bob Dobbs

      Did someone say big booty?

  • http://www.wearefactoryfive.com/ Tyler Bowa

    Take it easy dude, you’re always welcome here. Come back with Lauren and we can shred Moganshan for a few months!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.kirkham.1044 David Kirkham

    Some stunning photography along the way. Thank you!