Fixer of explicitly unwrapped optionals

Filtering by Tag: Beijing

Day Nine - Tianjin

Added on by Paul Wood.

I rode from the south part of Beijing to Tianjin today. 120 km in total. The best part of the day was some of the roads. For the most part I rode through the country side. I had lots of shade and usually corn fields to my left and right. Most of the roads also had a wide bike lane so I felt safe. The one stretch that did not have a bike lane was quite empty and very picturesque.


I was doing great until about 3pm when I ran out of fuel. By fuel I mean food, and it wasn't like I got hungry its much more a feeling thoughout your body that you are on empty and can't do quite what you want to do. I didn't realize this until about 4pm and tried my best to push myself to Tianjin before I took a food break. Tomorrow I'll be bringing a few chocolate bars to keep me energized.

The bike is holding up great, rides so much better with the trued wheel and adjusted weight.

Find more Bike Ride in Beijing, China

Day Seven - To the Great Wall

Added on by Paul Wood.

I made it to the Great Wall today! I got here at about 4:30. I didn't have enough time to get to another city to take a hostel and I was afraid to ask for a room in one of the many motels here (all empty) so I waited until dusk and snuck into an apple orchard. I'm camped beneath a ridge so you'd have to be looking for me on the path to see me, but I doubt anyone is gonna look for me. The Bike isn't riding great. My front wheel isn't true so it gets really wobbly. I have to keep my hands in one or two positions to keep it from going out of control. It might be that I have uneven weight on my front panniers, something I'll check tomorrow. This is all very much trail and error for me right now. I don't really know how to true a wheel so when I head back south I'll be looking for a Decathlon, Giant or Trek store to help me.

I've got a few amazing Timelapse videos to post in the coming days. Up the mountain, down the mountain, and lastly up to the Great Wall itself. I'll post them in time.


Day Five

Added on by Paul Wood.


  • Rode to see The Great Wall. I will be back!
  • Played Bike Polo
  • Got my new frame and switched the components over

All set to tour again.

pictures tomorrow need sleep



Day Four

Added on by Paul Wood.

Short update today. No bike yet, I took my usual Saturday of rest riding less than 10 km. i worked on some code so no cool pictures. Tomorrow Ill be trying to ride 100 km before 12 with the guys at Serk. In the afternoon i might try bike polo. Also I moved from a decent hotel to a much cheaper empty hostel for the night.

Wish me luck for the frame!