donderdag 28 augustus 2008

GOUD voor de lichte dames 2x
ZILVER voor de dames 8+

lieve dames, we hadden ons niet beter kunnen wensen. Bedankt voor die prachtige dag.

donderdag 21 augustus 2008

woensdag 13 augustus 2008

Nearly there!

Just 200 kilometers away from our final goal, the rowing course in Mapo. A few hills and a visit to the great wall are the only things that are keeping us from cycling straight towards the end. We fully enjoy our last days of cycling, camping and meeting people along the way, even if the rain is pouring down on us. Beijing is getting close, the roads are getting better and the police is everywhere.

We enjoy the beautiful scenery that the hills west of Beijing offer us. Holy buddhist mountains with thousands of temples, and bits and pieces of the great wall in the distant which linger on the top of the mountain range (who came up with the idea to make this thing?).

The Olympics are in full progress. Everytime we stop for a break, we try to find a place with a good television. Unfortunately, they only show the Chinese teams, so we have to be lucky they compete against a Dutch crew. But with the Chinese doing so brilliant at their 'own' Olympics, at least the people here are smiling (sometimes). And we keep on smiling too, the dutch rowing is doing great (already two boats in the semi finals (LW2x and M4) , and 3 more (W8, M8 and LM4) to go) so our route is still towards Mapo, to Shunyi lake.

zondag 3 augustus 2008

After one week of spending time on Chinese grounds, we finally feel a bit like we entered the Chinese culture. nervous we awaited the bordercrossing; our final country, our final month, our final goal. It felt a bit strange, after four months of cycling, we have only like 3 weeks cycling left. China is big, the Olympics important (for China but also for us) and the visa is short. We have 30 days to get from west to east, and to be hounest, we are not going to make that just on the bike.

Three days in Kashgar will give us some time to come to terms of leaving Central Asia and slowly change our Kyrgis speech for the Chinese. Xinjiang is a part of China where you wander around the streets asking yourself where the Chinese culture exists. It has a strong history with the Uygur people, and today that connection still exist. We felt like we were still in Central Asia and we loved it. The city has a brilljant atmosphere where the people live on the streets during day and night. The big streets are covered with Chinese commercials, the small alleys of the old town rustle with Uygur life and Arabic influences. Two worlds so far from each other and still so close.

After Kashgar we will definitely leave our beloved Central Asia culture and dive into the real China. Three days in the train will bring us a few thousands of kilometers to the east where big Chinese cities (starting with Xi'an) await us and our final weeks begin.