Crossing Tibet by Bike: A 2000 mile / 3333 km journey

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 Liyang unpacks after one of our first riding days. Gansu, China.


  Liyang unpacks after one of our first riding days. Gansu, China.

Spectators look in as we stop for a little food shopping and a break in Amdo. Qhinghai, China. 


Spectators look in as we stop for a little food shopping and a break in Amdo. Qhinghai, China.



 
 

Crossing the enormous basin that covers a large part of the Qhinghai Province.
Crossing the enormous basin that covers a large part of the Qhinghai Province.



 
 

Sometimes it just seemed like an endless stone desert. It was some place in here that John would often recite his favorite quote from Laurence of Arabia, "Laurence, no one has crossed the Nufud desert and made it out alive!".Qhinghai, China.


Sometimes it just seemed like an endless stone desert. It was some place in here that John would often recite his favorite quote from Laurence of Arabia, "Laurence, no one has crossed the Nufud desert and made it out alive!".Qhinghai, China.



 
 

When the head winds got to be to much we would just walk the bikes, it ended up being at about fast as trying to battle the string winds, Qhinghai, China.

 

When the head winds got to be to much we would just walk the bikes, it ended up being at about fast as trying to battle the string winds, Qhinghai, China.



 
 

After reaching Golmud we turned south toward the Kun Lun mountains that form the northern border of the Tibetan plateau. This Chinese vegetable seller decided that he would walk the 720 miles/ 1200KM to Lhasa. He had no food and no blankets. The last time we say him he was trying to thaw himself out after a bitterly cold night. Amdo, Tibet.
After reaching Golmud we turned south toward the Kun Lun mountains that form the northern border of the Tibetan plateau. This Chinese vegetable seller decided that he would walk the 720 miles/ 1200KM to Lhasa. He had no food and no blankets. The last time we say him he was trying to thaw himself out after a bitterly cold night. Amdo, Tibet.



 
 

Liyang, digs out some raisin and snacks for a road side break. Amdo, Tibet.
Liyang, digs out some raisin and snacks for a road side break. Amdo, Tibet.



 
 

As we got further into Tibet the roads quickly deteritated into large patches of mud. These gentlemen on the tractors are the local road repair crew. Amdo, Tibet.
As we got further into Tibet the roads quickly turned into into large patches of mud. These gentlemen on the tractors are the local road repair crew. Amdo, Tibet.



 
 

After crossing the Kun Lun Shan mountains we stayed up above 13,000 ft./ 4000m for days on end. Amdo, Tibet.
After crossing the Kun Lun Shan mountains we stayed up above 13,000 ft./ 4000m for days on end. Amdo, Tibet.



 
 

This part of Tibet has very few towns or villages, most of the inhabitants are Tibetan nomads, like this family. Amdo, Tibet.
This part of Tibet has very few towns or villages, most of the inhabitants are Tibetan nomads, like this family. Amdo, Tibet.




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