Yes I was stunned, and I haven't even got to the NZ pages. It was the idea of cycling from London across Europe, Russia, Monglia and sleeping in Gers and such stuff. Of course they 'wussed out' by taking a train acorss the Gobi desert through ten hours of non-changing sand. I read a book once by Nicholas Crane (quite boring) about a trip to the centre of China starting in India. They cycled the Gobi desert which is if I recall correctly a really high and bitterly cold desert. China sounds like a really teriible place from an environemental viewpoint, though I've met people who have traveled by train in China and they said the same. Levels of pollution that are staggering by western standards. The pictures of the cyclists faces in parts of china (black like a coal miners face) tells all about the air pollution.
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