“Hey Dan! You’re bald, let’s take a picture of the bald guys.”

The group of retired guys (mostly) that I ride with had their annual party early this winter. Everyone loves to take pictures with the big foreigner, but this rational was irresistible. A request like “Let’s get a picture with the bald guys!” gets an automatic “you bet” from this big foreigner.

Not a bad looking group of guys if you ask me.


Last Saturday there was a biking event. The events here often start at one park, then move to another park for the end.

This one was no different. On the way from the first park to the second though, there was a wreck. Harmony came to the first park with us and went home instead of going to the second park. We stayed with her most of the way back to the house so we were in the back of the pack. Because of this, we didn't see the wreck actually happen. It was one of our good friends that was in the wreck though.
She got all patched up and we borrowed a friend's car to bring her home so she didn't have to ride the 10+ kilometers home with a badly skinned knee and elbow. I'm just thankful that the wreck was with another bike and not with one of the big trucks we often encounter on our rides.

Travel Bug

One of our kiddos has the travel bug… all the time. Occasionally, we satisfy it.

We needed a new shelf and IKEA just opened a store in Xi'an. There's an overnight train there and back so the kids and I spent two nights on the train and a day at IKEA. We got the stuff we need plus a few things for two expat families and a Chinese friend. Here are the kiddos on the train.
This was on the way there. They weren't as fresh on the way back.

Long Distance Biking

Last weekend I spent Saturday riding with six Deaf guys to Lanzhou. We rode back to Xining on Sunday. Here are some photos.




A few months ago we met this lady at a biking event. Last weekend was a holiday here so we went with her, her husband, and their son to the zoo.

No Biking

Snow, rain, and the flu have conspired to keep me mostly off my bike the last two weeks. But before that I had been putting lots of miles on my bike. Some of the last miles before the forced hiatus were with Harmony on the new trail by the river. Here’s a photo that I took from my moving bike on the way home that last trip with Harmony.



I've been biking a lot lately and found that it's a great way to not only get lots of exercise but also meet lots of new people. If you hang out with cyclists for long though, you're going to end up talking gear. So here's my latest material for learning new vocabulary: