Readying the Bikes for China

In the picture you’ll see how busy we are getting the bikes ready for China. Today we’ve adjusted them, and created cardboard protection for wheels, gear changers, and frames – all in order to be as prepared for the airport on Thursday next week as possible.

At the airport we will have to:
1) Set our saddles and steerings low;
2) Take the pedals off;
3) Take some air out of the wheels;
4) Turn the steering;
5) Put the extra protection like cardboard and “bike pyjamas” on the bikes, for them to have as safe a flight as we hope to have.

After doing all of this at the airport we will no doubt find hundreds of oil spots on our clothes – just before sitting down in a nice, comfortable, and clean airplane seat for 10 hours.

We have now both been to the haircutter, so we don’t need to worry too much about hair fashion for the next few weeks.

Almost set to go ! 🙂

Jolanda practicing with chopsticks

When you go to China obviously you need to eat Chinese food. And how do you eat Chinese food. Yes, with chopsticks. Jolanda plans on smuggling a pair of cheat chopsticks into China to use them as an “if-all-else-fails” way of eating.

Thank you, Michiel for making Jolanda’s life easier!! 🙂

Below you’ll see her practicing the art of cheat-chopsticks-eating on an Dutch Peking Duck.

On another note, theres only a week to go now. A week from now if all goes well, we’ll be sitting in an airplane already far away from Amsterdam! The bikes are now pretty much set to go. We’re waiting for some clothes to arrive, traveler cheques are in place, and the list of things to-do is getting
smaller every day.

China planning in progress

So, we’re busy planning everything that should take place while in China. We try to imagine what it will be like, which is difficult, and we try to prep for all sorts of scenarios. Some of the challenges we will undoubtedly meet are:
– no speaky Inglesh!
– don’t accept !
– finding accommodation along the route
– finding food

But all plans are coming along nicely and eventually a full plan and all documentation will be available here on the site !