Nancy, the sexy Guangzhou chick

The ride to Qinghai Lake from Xining reminds me of my first ride from Chengdu to Ya’an. The first day on our ride, it was kinda boring. Very dusty, leaving China city, constructions are everywhere. Very noisy, too many honking, to many buses and lorries. Very very smoky too. It was kinda slow for us.. takes us 2 days to get to a town called Daotangzhen. It was easy for me, flatland… and its only riding below 3500m altitude. I guess if i ride real fast, i  could get to Qinghai Lake from Xining in a day… its only 150km in distance. But for Nancy, its her first time. Shes from Guangzhou, lowland… almost the same as us like in Kuala Lumpur. Coming to highland as high as over 3000m altitude will surely make her suffer to ride for a long distance. We stopped many times because she got tired easily. We started to ride kinda late too about 11am. since we stopped many times… we reach the next town to rest about 9pm at night… it was kinda dangerous riding in the dark. Its only 50km from Xining, but took us 10 hours to get there because its first time for her. But riding for 50km in a day for a first timer… and a girl… is impressive to me.

Nancy struggling inside a cloud, climbing a mountain pass

The second day of our ride, its another 50km, but better today. I think Nancy is getting stronger, its tougher than the first day, we started around 10am and reach Daotangzhen about 7 pm. Its much tougher and this is the first time, i cycled under the rain for the WHOLE DAY since i cycle in china. It was very very cold, at 1 point it reached 6 celcius. Im kinda suprised, Nancy is very strong… not physically… but mentally. I saw her struggling, her face looked so tired but she just kept going. I felt sorry for her because i didnt warn her about riding in Qinghai Plateau. Its not as tough as Tibetan Plateau but still, weather here is cold and its still kinda mountainous. At 1 point i just kept riding, leaving her behind climbing a mountain pass which sits at 3465m altitude, when i reached the top i just watched her struggling, climbing the pass very slow. It reminds me on my first time, reminds me struggling climbing hills everyday during my schooldays under the hot sun. When she finally made it to the top, i smiled, happy watching this girl made it. She was shivering, couldnt stand the cold, just like how i was shivering when i was really cold in Tibet. I think im kinda used to the cold, even tho i still hate it. We were riding constantly on the cloud level, we were even in the clouds sometimes. It was really cold! I seriously pity this Guangzhou girl but at the same time im happy for her… because she has the spirit, highly motivated. We’re not riding tomorrow, weather forecast stated that it will rain heavily tomorrow and also i told Nancy to take a rest. She has struggled for 2 days, she definitely needs some rest before we pedal another 50km to Qinghai Lake…

these locals are sexy...

Nightlight in Xining

Finally… i met another cyclist… yesterday here in Xining. Shes from Guangzhou. I called her Nancy and as usual… i gave up trying to memorized her chinese name. So okay… Nancy is fine. A city girl from Guangzhou, but she has the spirit. We have some similarities, we both bored living in a city, bored living the normal, tedious city life, and she decided to ride along the great Qinghai Lake. Good thing is, Im riding there too on my way to Urumqi in Xinjiang, so… we gonna ride together :) Its great that i met her, we need each other. Shes chinese, that means she can help me the most. She will be my translator, even can cook for me, help for road direction, translate the chinese map into english and of course, teach me chinese language :) Well, i think we both need each other, shes a girl, sure i will take care of her safety. Guess we gonna make a good companion :) We’ll be riding tomorrow morning to Qinghai Lake, which will take 2 days to get there…

After battling against the tibetan mountains, i finally won and reach Xining. Xining is awesome. Firstly… the girls… ohhh… jawdropping. I remember i came across a hot chinese muslim girl, beautiful eyes!! I was like an inch away from falling in love. Its dangerous to fall in love now huh… since it will stop me from cycling… and just stay here in Xining forever. Haha. Theres a pretty muslim girl wearing tudung… she works in a muslim restaurant. Her name is Aiwa. Oh yes… she made my heart melt… like… a… sugar syrup!!! Since i reached here in Xining.. ive been constantly eating at her place. Food is nice.. but the most importantly… i can spend time with her. Ehehehehe. Its so good that she doesnt understand me… so i could look directly at her eyes… and said “I know u dont understand me, but ure so damn pretty and u made my heart melt! If i can speak chinese i probably ask u out for a date”. She then looked at me…. puzzled… and just smiled. Hehe… thats 1 thing i love about traveling alone, i can do whatever.. say whatever to the locals… I never do this back in KL :)

Secondly, its the home of the Hui, chinese muslims. Thats sexyyy!! That means… a lot of halal restaurants available around… many mosques, so i dont have anymore excuse to skip prayers. Thirdly, bicycle shops!! Spent quite a lot doing minor repairs on my bike… did some modification to turn my bike into power! Added 2 more bottle cages, changed the handlebar, changed the back panniers, installed a front rack, got a new better meter computer, bought 4 extra tubes and some more repair tools. Now, my bike, is sexier than ever! Also, i bought a new tent, bigger, comfortable and stronger. I will stay few days here in Xining, so i will try to sell my old tent. Will find a single traveler and ask wether he wants to do some camping… so i can sell it cheap. Its not so strong, but at least its easy to setup. Maybe less than 5 minutes to set up the tent! Got myself a small stove, some cooking equipments… and plan to get some food soon. Oats, fruits, potatoes, any food that can give me power… so i can ride swift along the desert soon….

Preparing for The Dangerous Episode 3 mmmm…..

turning into powerrrr!!!!

Episode 3…. gonna be easy for the first 500km. From my research, ill be riding along the beautiful Qinghai Lake. Oh yes… that lake is beautiful… just like the chinese girls here in Xining :) But after that… i will ride along the dangerous Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang province. Oh trust me… its dangerous there! Its a no man’s land… the american rider warned me about it. He said… i need to carry a lot of water.. that means.. im gonna carry really really heavy luggage soon. And im scared now. That why i plan to stay long here in Xining…. need some time preparing… researching! Also i need some time to rest… get close to the locals.. and of course… the girls.. hehe. Then when im ready…. episode 3 will begin. As for now… im scared…

Im all alone now… baby…

muka budak tak mandi...

Now, i cycle alone again. Im no more with the group. They headed west towards Lhasa, and i head northeast towards Xining. After we ascended the pass at 4700m altitude, there were a junction… and we finally split. It was kinda sad… but we promised each other to keep in touch. It was good that my network now are growing bigger. The japanese told me he can help me if i wanna work in japan… the american have contacts in central asia if i wanna work there… the other japanese wants to meet me again somewhere in pakistan. The chinese said if i have any problems in China… just give em a ring. Not a wedding ring.. but a phone call.. u know… I learned a lot from these group, each of them. Fay was kind enough to me… but she pampered me too much. I remembered at one time when i was so cold, she gave me her sleeping bag, so i have two.. enough to keep me warm. She told that she doesnt need it.. shes used to the weather. Shes a very sweet… sweet girl…

one of our last moment together before we split, with some locals

I feel that my legs are stronger now. Ive been cycling around 70km a day, mostly climbing mountain passes, riding constantly above the height of our mt kinabalu’s peak. I believe i can ride over 100km in a day easily if its a flat land. I no more fear the mountains. And im no more fear cycling above 4000m altitude. What i fear now… is the coldness…

the browns are indestructible!

the road down after the last mountain pass, overlooking qinghai plateau

same landscape along my way, grassland and horses...

the tibetan horseman were trying to ride my bike lol

The Horse Racing Festival mmm…

Tibetan Rempit. Dia tak tengok lagi rempit kat kl macam mana....

We were lucky to come across a horse racing festival. The tibetans said that, it only happens once every few years. And this time when it happened, we were there! It was a big gathering, so many horsemen showing their skills, including those Tibetan Rempits! Hehe. But it wasnt so lucky for me at least, because they invited me to their tent… served me so many food… i ate them all until i was so full, and…. i… fell…. asleep. When i woke up.. the race finished. LOL!

The best part this time was not actually the race… maybe theyre used to it. The best part.. was when i started to show my moves. Haha. The japanese showed them some judo moves, Fay did some traditional chinese dance, and I… as usual… show them my capoeira acrobatic moves. More and more people surrounded us, when i started to show my moves, especially kids. They were impressed with my acrobatic moves, backflips, some frontflips, handstand walk… and my legendary bicycle kick. Those tibetan boys tried to do the bicycle kick but they failed miserably lol!

The Test…

view from 1 of the mountain pass at 4600m altitude. The peak of our mt kinabalu is 200m below me...

After a long hard ride thru the very remote area in China, now Im in a small town called Serxu. As for now i already cycled over 1000 km since I started this cycling journey! Its 1186 km now, which is similar the distance from singapore to surat thani in south thailand. But this time, I almost gave up riding. Only the first day of ride from Ganzi was good. We were riding thru beautiful endless field of flowers under the blue sky. Starting from the 2nd day, it was very… very tough! We had to go thru 4 mountain passes which sit at least at 4600m altitude. Some are dirt roads, and climbing dirt roads with fully loaded bike, while raining…. the road seems never ending. The past few days… weather was really bad. It was raining all the way, cycling thru a very remote area in china, where there is no towns… so we have to camp in the rain every night. It was really really cold.. especially for me… i remember at 1 point it was 4 celcius… raining… and strong wind. Even the mat sallehs were shivering. I then told my group, “U know… this kind of weather can easily kill a malay”. Everybody were laughing… they know that i hate the cold.

beautiful view from my camping site

And a few nights ago, it was raining really heavily, my tent and my sleeping bag got wet! I was so cold, couldnt sleep the whole night. I remember i was suffering the whole night because i was too cold, and it made me feel very tired to cycle the next day. I met a couple from Belgium going towards the opposite direction… they told me it has been 5 weeks they cycled under the very bad weather. And now they gave up. They just couldnt take it anymore.. they are going to cycle to Litang, then take bus to Chengdu and finally fly back to Belgium. Wow, even a mat salleh cant take it, but yea i understand… 5 weeks under the bad weather… surely they give up.

another view from my other camping site

Tibetan Dogs…


First of all, Im sorry to all of you dog lovers and animal lovers.. but tibetan dogs… theyre bastards. Theyre big, nasty, and annoying. They love chasing moving things. And theyre very passionate when it comes to chasing. I got chased soooo many times by these nasty dogs, until i can totally ignore them now. I still remember few days ago, there were like 6 big tibetan dogs were chasing me, i just kept riding. They kept on chasing me for quite a distance, until i said to myself, “Yeaaa if u bastards are strong enuff why dont u chase me all the way until Pakistan huh?” And there were 1 time, 1 dog chased me, bite my luggage so hard until my luggage fell! Oh… this dog crossed the line… my blood was stirring, i was really angry, got off my bike. This time.. it was me who chased the dog! With all my energy, i kicked the dog so hard, it almost died. I had a rambo knife with me, was so tempting to use it to kill the dog… but i knew that this dog has an owner. So i just leave the dog half dead.

Word Cup mmmm…..


Many ppl asked me about wether i can follow world cup while cycling. Well, I dont have antenna on my bike u know. And i dont bother to watch tv while enjoying this trip. Who needs tv when theres a real world to watch? :) Im not really a football fan, so its okay for me to miss the world cup. Those of u who know me personally, u know well i dont like watching football. But anyway, i hope Brazil will win! :) To me, nobody knows how to play football… except the brazilians! :) When watching other teams playing, its just like watching 20 sad guys running around the field like a chicken, chasing the ball, while another 2 sad guys guarding the goals. But when the brazilians are on the field, now… theres football :) Ehehehe…

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