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20 thoughts on “Day 686 – CHINA (XINJIANG): First video update from China.

  • Rob Thomson Post author

    Mum, the NZ flag went missing about a year ago in Posof, Turkey. It was attached to an aluminium pole that was attached to my bike. My bike was in the reception of the hotel I was staying in, and in the morning, the flag had been ripped off the pole. To this day I don't know if it was someone who didn't like a foreign flag flying in their country, or if it was someone keen to have their own NZ flag…

  • Luka

    Great video, nicely put together! I really enjoy your updates (your RSS feed is the first one I check every morning) 🙂

    Greets from Slovenia

  • Patrick

    Hey Rob,

    that was one of the most fun videos yet.

    Sailing downhill on that one clip was awesome.

    Look forward to more updates.

    I maybe just speaking for myself, but I think you should go ahead and make the round the world via longboard trip, only two more continents to go!

    Best of Luck,

    Patrick, Colleen, Nick, Hannah, Connor & Hailey

  • Lee

    Wait – is that guy peeing in the background beside his van? (at about 1:45)

    Great video; always fun to see people having a go on the board.

    I don't s'pose you have any clearer idea of when(ish) you'll arrive back in NZ? (And to what bit of it?)

    Cheering from the other side of the world,


  • Bram van Uden

    Hi Rob,

    NICE video report. I'm glad you're back on the road again, because for some moments we thought that you were about to quit. Loved the way you described the ingredients in the Chinese medication. WOW, I wouldn't have taken it 😉 !

    And thanks for mentionning my name at the end of the video report. Of course this was not my goal, but it's nice to thank the people that support you.

    Take care ! Bram & family, the Netherlands

  • Scott

    Hey, Rob: I finally got caught up after my own recent three week ride. Keep at it!

    You mentioned something about life after the ride. Any thoughts there? I suspect you'd make a wicked Japanese teacher!



  • harydial

    Hey Rob…i hope you have time to answer a few simple questions I have, I would greatly appreciate it….

    I am thinking of geting a good digital camera for outdoor use like yourself..I understand you use the Canon G9 from what I see the pics are really high quality…..my questios are

    Do you find the camera durable…..because with your outdoor lifestyle and at times tough weather conditions….rain, snow, sand do you still take photos and does the camera gets faulty?

    This is because the G9 from what I have read is not water, shock or dust/snow proof?

    And during your trips in the snow like in Turkey what camera did you use and does it perform well in that cold conditions?

    I have done some research on other very durable cameras like olympus 1030 i think, is really durable but apparently the pic quality and setting does not match the G9…..hence the question

    Lastly what do you use to shoot your video…..do you use the G9 or a separate cam corder?

    Its a dream for me to do one of these trips and document it like yourself hence the questions….Thanks Rob I hope I am not bombarding you with too much techie questions….Safe travels….go hard with the footages…..

    Thank you-Harydial

  • Steve Ruelle

    Hi Rob,

    Fantastic trip and professional video blog you've got going. I am super impressed as are the people I work with here in Dalian China.

    We are planning our own solo trips by bike across China, in different directions, yet we both have a lot of questions about visa renewals during these times. Our company can only give 30 day tourist visas once the contract ends this July. What's the process for renewing tourist visas on the road in China, if possible?