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May 24th, 2008 | categorizilation: all categories,China

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I am still greatly indebted to Funboxx in Shanghai for all their support for my journey here in China. When I visited them in Shanghai before setting out, they interviewed me. Click on the link below and then click on the second tab on the sub-menu…if that makes sense…for the interview transcript:


I spent most of the day in the internet cafe around the corner from my hotel, and by the time I was done posting some info on skating in China on www.skatefurther.com it was dark. The Chinese style restaurants had their tables outside by then (too hot to eat outside during the day).

Early evening in Shanshan, Xinjiang Province, China

I had eaten at a restaurant near the internet cafe earlier in the day, and was harrassed by boisterous drunk Chinese men, so I chose a different place for dinner – there was no shortage of choice.

Early evening in Shanshan, Xinjiang Province, China

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Comment by Jean — May 25, 2008 @ 12:20 am | post a comment

Hi Rob,

Being harrassed by boisterous drunk Chinese men… is this a first or does it happen all the time? ;)

I have found at times during my life that the closer I get to a goal, the more my enthusiasm begins to wane – for example finishing my degree at uni – I wanted it to be over, and the end was in sight, but couldn't be bothered with the last effort. I'm not sure why, and wish now I could have put in a better effort – but at the time couldn't care less… No answers here, sorry, but your last few weeks of posting reminded me. I think it's a mind/motivation thing – but if I'd taken a week or 2 off to re-evaluate I probably would have pulled out altogether. Glad now I didn't though.

Hope that's not too depressing,

Chin up,


Comment by Lee — May 25, 2008 @ 4:15 am | post a comment

Hey Rob,

Just doing another catch-up… sounds gruelling stuff :-/ Hope your rest/reflection/re-charge time brings some good.

Shame seatbelts are hard to come by on the Emotion rollercoaster. May the nerves, heart, head, spirit etc heal a bit along with the aches and pains.

Lee :-)

Comment by Kumiko — May 25, 2008 @ 4:53 am | post a comment

Rob,I pray for you.

"May the LORD bless you and take care of you;

May the LORD be kind and gracious to you;

May the LORD look on you with favor and give

you peace." (Numbers 6:24~26)

Comment by Cornell — May 25, 2008 @ 8:49 am | post a comment

Rob; Still following your journey with interest. I think once you get that Visa extended you might be less stressed. Just remember this is one of the great journeys and highlights of your life. One that you will remember for the rest of your life. Life really is short, so drink it up! … I agree, stay away from boisterous and drunken Chinese men! Do they sing Chinese versions of "North Atlantic Squadron"?? Sorry, bad jokee!

Comment by Genah — May 25, 2008 @ 8:54 am | post a comment

Good for you taking a well-deserved break. Enjoy it. I hope you feel recharged and refreshed. You'll get back on the road with the wind (and your supporters!) behind you all the way. I appreciate your honesty when things get tough for you. Not everyone who shares their journey with others talks openly about their tough moments. All the best and thanks again for your inspiration and your journey.

Comment by Mike C — May 26, 2008 @ 2:48 am | post a comment

Hi Rob,

I reckon it's good you're taking some time out. Let your body mind and spirit catch up. (You probably left them back at the border!) I recommend spending some time with God as well. :-)

God bless,

Mike C

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