Our 32 day cruise began in Lisbon, Portugal. The Portuguese say Lisboa. Our cruise itinerary seemed to include every place that ended in “…land.” That would include England, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Greenland, many islands and finally Newfoundland. We accomplished our main goal. Get out of the August heat of Idaho. Greenland may have been my favorite.
So how does one find their bike here? Once found, how do they get it out?
In the cities, what initially looks like a two lane road is really a six lane road. Along both curbs are fast moving scooters and bicycles going both ways. Before stepping into the street, one must look both ways for scooters, motorized carts and bikes. Then upon crossing both lanes of automobile traffic, you have to look BOTH ways again. Vehicles, we were told, have the right of way. We saw very few wrecks and the traffic just flowed. Our bus driver once had to back out into very heavy traffic. He just went slowly, kept backing out into the traffic that simply flowed around the bus. Those who could scoot by did until their path was blocked. No horns honked, as drivers just flowed around him, like molasses in January. That could never happen in the States. If one did attempt it here, there would finger pointing of sorts and much horn honking…. Oddly enough, there were very few wrecked cars and no old beat up vehicles. All the cars appeared to be quite new.
These are photos of a more rural area in far western China.