A Travellerspoint blog

March 2013

Missing Link Ride & A Visit To Shangrao

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

The Missing Link Ride? I missed it by 'thiiiiiiis much’.

It was the correct tower, therefore it was the correct village and the only thing stopping me from connecting the two rides is the fact that there is no longer a useable ferry to cross the river. In fact I got a lot closer than what I thought I would and sadly from what I can gather, if I was to ride in the opposite direction there isn’t a bridge for some time.

But hey, it will worth trying if it ever stops raining. For those wondering what I’m talking about, you’ll need to read my last entry and for those that do, it was such a beautiful ride that I ended up riding it several times just in case I missed a small track that may have taken me closer to the tower and village but no such luck...for now!

For most of the past two weeks the weather has been absolutely dreadful with storms lasting days and once they decide to move on another drops in to take its place. I’ve had far too many early nights due to continuous flickering lights caused by the crazy lightening. Don’t get me wrong, I love storms but I wish they’d set themselves some sort of schedule such as only storming at night because lately they really have disrupted everything in life. Trying to teach during huge thunder and lightning storms is almost impossible because most of the students end up hiding under their desks and the rest race around trying to catch the lightening.

Storms also disrupt my eating adventures by making me have to eat both lunch and dinner at the school canteen which really sucks as it is the same food both meals for almost the entire week and its all rice based and not a noodle in sight. Thankfully though the latter problem ended this weekend when I finally grabbed my small pack and for the first time in almost seven months boarded a bus and headed several hours south east back to Shangrao city and spent a wonderful weekend catching up with Travis, Zoe and Alice over pool, arcade games, delicious Japanese food, sake, Bacardi rum and Travis’s hash browns and eggs. I also caught up on a heap of movies that I have missed which were played on Travis’s monster projected wall screen.

And I must say, I really do have to get myself one, a bit smaller though.

The Photo's & Food

The last two 'distant' photos are Dexing city and the other 'high' city shot is actually Shangrao city taken from Travis's apartment. The last noodle photo is a hearty steaming bowl of 'stomach lining and intestine' noodles...and yes, MMMmmm, Yummy Yum Yum! The dumplings come from a local DongBei Dumpling Eatery (Northeast China or as we know it, Manchuria) where there is a delicious selection of fifteen varieties of dumplings to choose from. I've only just found it so I'm only beginning to make my way through the menu. The other bowl of noodles is from a local Jiangxi hole in the wall eatery that comes complete with both beef and pork, cabbage, bokchoy, a duck egg and a mouth watering spicy thick broth. The noodles Alice is holding are fried Japanese Udon noodles from the Japanese Restaurant in Shangrao city.

They were almost as good as the guts and intestine noodles! ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by Infected Mushroom The album was ‘Converting Vegetarians’ ____________________________________________________________

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Around The River Bend Bike Adventures

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Twenty six degrees and perfect weather for my first ride. Add another six degrees and it would have been absolutely perfect!

The winter woolies have been shelved, my students have huge smiles on their dials, spring has sprung and now it’s time for fun. I’ve been back in the classroom for just over a week, once again with twenty classes each week and continuing the same timetable of teaching all levels from preschool through to Grade 8.

For those who want to know, the answer is yes! Yes I still have my three day weekends! Also yes, Hobbits can speak Chinese!

I call this blogs ride 'The Around The River Bend Ride’ as when I first moved my pack here from Shangrao last September I was out walking with a friend and we were at the very west end of town where the Jishui River swings to the left. I asked what was around the bend in the river and I was told that there was nothing around the river bend and that the road stopped.

Therefore it moved to the top of the list and became my first riding adventure in Dexing. It was also once again at the top of my list of choices for being my first ride this year.

So in early September when I got my bike I headed west and came to the conclusion that my friend had obviously never been around the river bend because the road didn’t stop as it continued to follow the river so I continued to follow it and I soon found myself crossing the river and heading back towards Dexing. It took several more rides before I managed to find small river side tracks used by farmers to get between villages and I soon found my way through to the next bridge which was the perfect length for an after school ride several times a week along with a weekend ride during which I explored most of the small roads and villages.

Over this years Winter Break whilst I was down on Hainan Island some of my Dexing riding friends actually found a road that managed to add on a further two hours as it wound its way through the mountains back to Dexing.

That was my goal today as they had told me the ‘kind of’ location of the off road so when I reached that ‘area’ I took a small left and although I thought it would only lead to the small village I saw in the not so far distance I figured as it was a beautiful day and I still had a few hours of light, why not check it out. I’m so glad I did as it took me through the village and around the back of the small mountains and after half an hour riding through the peaceful fields I arrived at the doors of two more small village communities but there was no road leading right from the villages so I obviously I had not found the right little road.

After a short visit I was about to retrace my peddles when I noticed the shape of a large storage tower far across the distant fields and so far the only community that I have found one of these in is at DiaozhongXing and Diaozhong Cun villages. So I think I may have found a way to combine this blogs ride with my DiaozhongXing Ride and if I can it is going to be a wonderfully long and peaceful ride but not one that I will be doing during the week after school.

Sadly as I didn’t have much light left I didn’t have time to find out if it was the same tower, there is a huge chance that it isn’t and also a huge chance that I will not be able to find my way through the fields to reach it, so I pointed my peddles the way I had come and left the new adventure for another day....maybe even tomorrow!

DiaozhongXing & Diaozhong Cun Village Ride Part 1

DiaozhongXing & Diaozhong Cun Village Ride Part 2

<u>The Food In This Blog</u>

This term I figured that I’d do something different when it comes to the food pictures in my blogs and treat them the same as my rides. As I ride each ride many times before I show it to you I thought that this term I’d choose a different &#8216;Favourite Eatery’ for each blog which also gives me the opportunity of returning more than I normally would.

The food in this blog is from the towns &#8216;Porridge Joint’.

It is always packed so I never bother to eat there alone but when someone suggests it I am the first to say yes. Its food is so delicious and I still haven’t finished the selection of porridges on its menu and it also woks up a diverse range of other foods. Normally each person orders their own bowl of porridge and the &#8216;other foods’ are shared from the middle of the table just like a normal Chinese meal. The noodles in this blog are Potato Noodles and they are awesome and the porridge is '1000 year old egg & beef'' which is my favourite porridge.

Thank you Ting Ting for introducing it to me all those years ago! Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by New Order The album was &#8216;Slowjam’ ____________________________________________________________

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