On a whim, I decided to do a quick internet search for skateboard related organisations and/or companies in Shanghai. I stumbled upon these legendary folk:
They are the real deal here in Shanghai. Distributors of high-end skate and outdoor goods, promotors of all manner of extreme sports, and all round great human beans.
I visited them on Tuesday to talk with them about my journey. If I had been more organised right now as I am typing this, I would have the photos of us all with me here at the internet cafe….
Long story short, I am stoked that I am going to be able to contribute some content from my journey on their www.funboxx.cn website. They hooked me up with some great gear from MSR (a great Miox Water Purifier), Smartwool (super comfy socks), a helmet from Protec, and a pair of Smith sunglasses.
I never expected to be able to find any support here in China for my journey, so to come across the Funboxx team was a real blessing. They will be keeping up with my progress, and helping out along the way if I need it. Thanks guys!
In other news, on Wednesday, I got to tag along with Marija to www.chinesepod.com. Marija met Amber, the podcast host, at the GECKO Reuse.bag launch in Shanghai. Amber was enthralled with Marija’s story of cycling 20,00km back and forth across the Eurasian Continent, and organised for her to come on the show.
So, this past week in Shanghai has been rather hectic. I am ready to get out of the big city and get rolling. I am booked on a train to Urumqi for tomorrow. The plan is to take a train and then a bus to the other side of China. To the China/Kazakhstan border at Khorgos, Xinjiang Province. From there, I will turn around and skate back to Shanghai.
Yes. It is madness.