You have to seriously feel for the decent Pom rugby supporter
Yep - I know the guy, and I do feel sorry for him.
@rotated I don't think there's anything sinister at all. He was sick last week (which if you look at his rugby and travel schedule the past two months it's not hard to see why).
I don't see any benefit at all in flying him to Japan this week. Just let him R&R. Player welfare of your young stars is important.
You don't see anything sinister in a Lions fan being in his kitchen, and then shortly after - a mysterious illness?
So - 2019 London - Beijing
A group "expedition" - organised by a company called GlobeBusters. For the last decade or so, every 2nd year they do a London-Beijing trip, and every other year - Trans-Americas (Alaska-Patagonia).
I would recommend them - they did a great job of organising, support, etc. One thing to note - it was rather pricey, and that would mostly be down to using very high-quality hotels (where possible)... my ideal would have been a cheaper trip, with cheaper hotels, and maybe a nice 4-star once every week or two, whenever stopping for 2 nights - to get a good break/laundry-done.
Started off from London's Ace Cafe with 20 bikes (mostly BMW GS, 3 Triumphs, 1 Ducati, 1 Honda CB500) and 2 support vehicles - a pimped-out Hilux, and a Mercedes van big enough to take a bike (or two at a pinch). The group was larger than I'd expected/hoped... and it did slow things down at borders or when choices of petrol stations was... limited.
But - it gradually shrank over time...
2 bikes had opted to only go as far as Almaty, another 2 only as far as Lhasa, and 1 guy came off with about 10 days to go - breaking half-a-dozen ribs, mangling his front-forks into a shape they definitely shouldn't be, and choosing to fly back to the UK rather than "be a tourist" by riding in either support vehicle or catching a train to Beijing.
Ace Cafe at each end gave us a decent send-off/welcome.... London shouted us fish'n'chips the night before departure, and then breakfast the next day - with speeches and such bollocks
Beijing welcomed us with bottles of cheap bubbly to spray all over the place, sweet cold beers, a decent spread, all sorts of "merch"... and speeches and such bollocks
From London to Turkey is a vague memory, but...
So... 10,000 miles under the belt, with a couple of days off in Lhasa.
I've been writing near-daily updates on my own website/blog if anybody's interested, but generally get in each night too tired to really do it justice.
But - figured I'd update the Fern on one of the very recent highlights.
HolyFuckBalls - how awesome.
The road up to the Tibet Base Camp - absolutely amazing. I don't know how many switchbacks there were - one person cited 200, another mentioned 348 - and I genuinely don't know if these are exaggerations or not. I've never done Stelvio Pass, which is apparently considered one of the best motorcycle roads in the world... but a few others in the group have. And the general consensus was... Stelvio Pass has absolutely nothing on this road.
Personal accomplishment - managed to scrape a foot-peg for the first time ever, and it was with knobbly tyres.
And then - at the end, a big magnificent bastard of a mountain.
The very first viewpoint, where we stopped for our first long-range view of Everest... it was a little weird... the road is now completely tarmac, but there was still somehow enough dust around to get in a few eyes, my own included.
And then - when we got up to Base Camp (the 'tourist' one, at Rongbuk Monastery - not the actual climbers base camp) - with Everest framed by the valley... cool as fuck. Just sat there for a couple of hours soaking the magnificent bastard in.
A portion of the road down the north side of the pass on the way to Rongbuk...
Representing Aotearoa with the black woollen singlet, Red Bands, etc...
I was so simple in my wanting cathartic release.
I walked home from the stadium through deserted dodgy areas, no mugging.
I went to a standing bar, got thoroughly re-drunk, yelling “fuck” at the ceiling once in a while. Much to the amusement of locals.
Then I went down to the riverside with a couple of drinks and cigarettes, found a gang of teenagers hanging out causing trouble. Sat down close to them, and when I got eye contact... gestured to the litter-mess they'd caused. They cleaned their shit up, and left.
What do I need to do to get beaten up in this country? I just want my body to feel like my mind does.
Er, you click on the little circle on the right of the embedded image to move to the 2nd pic...which shows the wider angle...no need to click into IG.
I discovered this not long ago, in relation to some of @jegga 's insta-hoes in the Hawt thread. In light of this revelation, I had to go back and re-“read” the entire thread.
Chatting with some random at Okoroire Pub yesterday evening, can't remember why, but one asked if I'd been in China recently... my response of “actually, yes”... went down a treat.
Was that the guy you coughed on?
It was more of a bloody vom-spit-cough.
Guy was way paranoid.
@Nepia lol I knew it was an old post. I searched to see if anyone had mentioned it because I had never heard of The League until yesterday. Your post was about the only one that came up.
I am proud that I managed to use the search successfully!
It's one of my favourite ever shows, probably my favourite comedy. Gutted when it finished!
I avoided it for so long, as I'd always assumed it was based around the actual sport... which I have no interest in. So happy when I finally overcame my prejudice, and discovered a friggin' excellent comedy.
When a court settlement is made with terms involving "league trades" - inspired.
No comment necessary
Indeed... "Vouchers are available for gifts..." - your birthday coming up, is it?
The Chinese Government is building a new hospital just to deal with this issue. It'll be completed on Feb 3.
Fuck they get shit done when they want to.
Visiting some of the sights/touristy-shit in China, it's not so much just the thing itself which is awesome, but thinking... “some fluffybunny thought this up, AND had the will/power/mandate/manpower to actually DO it. WTF?”
Great Wall & Terracotta Warriors especially, but more recently Three Gorges Dam.
Thai airforce vs China’s
“Too much focus was on front of the aircraft rather than all around.”
This made me laugh, as it perfectly sums up every driver on the road in China, and well... most asian countries.