An American Abroad

Yuxi City Limits

I wish the weather had been better, but a promise is a promise, even to oneself. I was out the door at 9:15 this morning and headed north for the Yuxi city limits on the Mikey Bike. Yuxi is not a big city, so after only about twenty minutes of riding I was out in the near-countryside.
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I was still very much in sight of the city, but the immediate scenery was quite different.
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I passed by various kinds of housing, ranging from older brick row houses to more recent construction that had an almost suburban feel.
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There was even a new upscale development, complete with garages. There were hundreds of units here, and from the look of things only a dozen or so were occupied.
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As I continued on, the pavement turned to red clay and rocks and the scenery turned to abandoned industrial plants and derelict housing. I spent a lot of time poking around the ruins.
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There were some operational sand and gravel plants, but they were also old and pretty beat.
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I caught one of the workers doing bong hits on the job.
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People around there were curious but friendly. Two times when people saw me dismount the bike, they came over and asked me if I needed help. I wanted to go on, but I was worried about the Mikey Bike’s tires. They are old and almost bald and I feared getting a flat on the increasingly rough gravel road. Things got pretty muddy and slippery, too.
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I decided, reluctantly, not go on. I didn’t get nearly as far as I’d hoped. I made it to this point, turned around, and headed home.

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Later today, I am heading back to Yuxi Bike to get some new and more robust tires. There will be other journeys.


  1. Michele Hannon says:

    Great photos!

  2. Ken Wieland says:

    Fantastic Jim. Love it all. Can’t wait to read the book. ” a year in the life” ” Yuxi is my second language” or something like that.

  3. Love the blog

  4. Bev Nathan says:

    I’m certain there will be many more journeys. I can’t wait to hear about them!


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