In 2008 I spent 5 months skateboarding almost 5,500km across China. I have mixed memories of that trip. Memories of pure joy and memories of pure torment. But the one indifferent constant of that trip was China National Highway 312. This trans-China highway was my home for that 5 months. […]

Revisiting an old friend: The China National Highway 312

I happen to be in Vancouver, Canada, right now. I’m off back home to Japan tomorrow on a flight at the ungodly hour of 6am, but in my short time here I managed to meet none other than Mr. Aaron Enevoldsen. Aaron is well known as a protagonist in the sagas. In […]

My dream long-distance skate destination

At some point towards the beginning of my skate across China in 2008, I wrote the following piece for the forum. I happened to come across it again after all these years, so I thought I would share it here. Somehow I managed to capture well the trials and […]

Distance Skateboarding in China

In the words of another distance skateboarder, Adam Colton, traveling by skateboard “is a pretty stupid idea.” It really is. It is less efficient than cycling, you are at the mercy of the road surface and traffic is infinitely less forgiving towards you than other forms of human powered transport. […]

The Allure of Long Distance Skateboarding

For the last three days I have done little but sit on the couch. Highlights from the couch so far include: I put together some random footage of Michele (my host here in Shanghai) and I skating around Shanghai (above). Youtube version of the same video here: Read Moods […]

Day 805 – CHINA (SHANGHAI): Couch potato

Without adue, footage of the final 1,200km or so of the longest journey by skateboard. You can watch it on the Vimeo video below, or see the Youtube version here: What’s the difference? On some computers, the Vimeo version can be a little jerky and slow loading. But, it […]

Day 802 – CHINA (SHANGHAI): Chilling out in Shanghai

Today’s distance / ???????: 48.1 miles / 77.4km Average speed / ????: 7.8mph / 12.5km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 6h 10m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 7,168mi plus 386mi (?) / 11,537km plus 622km (?) Ascent / ??: n/a Descent / ??: n/a End-of-day GPS coordinates: N31°13′58.8″, […]

Day 800 – CHINA (JIANGSU): From Luxu to the end ...

At the very sensible suggestion of Felix, I am taking it easy here in Luxu. There is no huge hurry to get into Shanghai, so I’m spending some quality time here chilling out with natives. Native English speakers that is. Yesterday I visited the Sino-Canadian school and spoke to four […]

Day 797 – CHINA (JIANGSU): In Luxu

Today’s distance / ???????: 32.8 miles / 52.8km Average speed / ????: 9.5mph / 15.2km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 3h 28m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 7,120mi plus 386mi (?) / 11,459km plus 622km (?) Ascent / ??: n/a Descent / ??: n/a End-of-day GPS coordinates: N31°03′01.7″, […]

Day 795 – CHINA (ZHEJIANG and JIANGSU): From Nanxun to ...

Today’s distance / ???????: 37.8 miles / 60.8km Average speed / ????: 7.8mph / 12.6km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 4h 50m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 7,088mi plus 386mi (?) / 11.407km plus 622km (?) Ascent / ??: 130m Descent / ??: 140m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N30°52′25.1″, […]

Day 794 – CHINA (ZHEJIANG): From N30.59.11.4 to Nanxun

Today’s distance / ???????: 53.1 miles / 85.5km Average speed / ????: 7.7mph / 12.3km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 6h 56m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 7,050mi plus 386mi (?) / 11,346km plus 622km (?) Ascent / ??: 275m Descent / ??: 305m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N30°59′11.4″, […]

Day 793 – CHINA (ANHUI and ZHEJIANG): From small town ...

Today’s distance / ???????: 46.7 miles / 75.3km Average speed / ????: 8.1mph / 13.1km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 44m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 6972mi plus 386mi (?) / 11,220km plus 622km (?) Ascent / ??: 285m Descent / ??: 265m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N30°56′49.2″, […]

Dau 790 – CHINA (ANHUI): From Wuhu to Shicheng – ...

Um so I am losing weight. Yesterday I weighed in at 71kg with all my clothes on. I am usually 73kg or thereabouts nekkid. I can hardly face solid food. Grapes and bananas are my friends at the moment. I have my suspicions as to why, but right now I have the […]

Day 789 – CHINA (ANHUI): Feeling A Bit Wonky

In 20 days I will leave this country. 380km to skate. I have the remaining kilometers written on my shoe. Counting down daily… The days are passing too slowly right now. Accumulated stress from fighting bureaucrazies and fatigue from skating and dealing with the constant public attention has taken it’s […]

Day 787 – CHINA (ANHUI): Counting the days in Wuhu

Today’s distance / ???????: 40.6 miles / 65.3km Average speed / ????: 7.5mph / 12.1km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 25m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 6925mi plus 386mi (?) / 11,145km plus 622km (?) Ascent / ??: 345m Descent / ??: 375m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N31°21′40.9″, […]

Day 786 – CHINA (ANHUI): From Chaohu to Wuhu

Today’s distance / ???????: 22.2 miles / 35.7km Average speed / ????: 8.0mph / 12.9km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 2h 46m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 6856mi plus 386mi (?) / 11,033km plus 622km (?) Ascent / ??: n/a Descent / ??: n/a End-of-day GPS coordinates: N31°49′55.6″, […]

Day 784 – CHINA (ANHUI): From Hefei to small town ...

“Thank you for your visa application Mr. Thomson. Your passport photos are not large enough, so please go and get bigger ones. Also, you need to have this blue police registration form to apply for a visa extension. No, this is not a rule only in Hefei, it applies everywhere […]

The Waiting Game

I am in Hefei Metropolis, about 400km away from Shanghai.  So…it appears that instead of outright blocking access to certain websites, the Chinese gov*ernment is just capping the download rate of certain websites. Or something like that. Because I am having great difficulty in signing into my Flickr account, which […]

The Great Wall… (rant warning)

Today’s distance / ???????: 46.4 miles / 74.7km Average speed / ????: 7.4mph / 11.9km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 6h 18m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 6833mi plus 386mi (?) / 10,998km plus 622km (?) Ascent / ??: 350m Descent / ??: 350m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N31°51′11.8″, […]

Day 778 – CHINA (ANHUI): From Luan to Hefei

Today’s distance / ???????: 40.4 miles / 65.1km Average speed / ????: 8mph / 12.9km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 5h 02m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 6787mi plus 386mi (?) / 10,923km plus 622km (?) Ascent / ??: 310m Descent / ??: 305m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N31°44′37.4″, […]

Day 777 – CHINA (ANHUI): From Yeji to Luan

Today’s distance / ???????: 58.9 miles / 94.9km Average speed / ????: 8.4mph / 13.5km/h Time on skateboard / ????: 7h 02m Total skateboarding distance to date / ????????????: 6747mi plus 386mi (?) / 10,858km plus 622km (?) Ascent / ??: 240m Descent / ??: 240m End-of-day GPS coordinates: N31°50′48.7″, […]

Day 776 – CHINA (HENAN and ANHUI): From Huangchuang to ...