Mountain TrailI have been trying to find a trail through the mountains between Yangshuo and Xing Ping... about 20 kilometers...
boatloadswe begin down by the river, where boat loads of tourist arrive every day.
End of the road the long and winding road nears its end. off in the distance is the highway between Yangshuo and Xingping. Bummer... I was looking for a way through the mountains... a secret path... almost a year of looking and still not found... but I will find it one day!....( or make one)
Little Shackalong the way, we spied this little stand alone "shack" . it could be turned into a perfect cottage in the pristine mountains setting in the back woods of Guilin
Old LadySecret Path...just north of Yangshuo, this old lady daily poles a boat across the river, loads motorcycles and people and poles back again... for 8 RMB... every day of the week... (the beginning of the "secret" path to Xingping)
Through the treesresting in the shade, planning the next direction... I have been this way before, so we need to do a lot of talking to figure out a different path to take... luckily I have my friend Mei with me to do the talking...
Travel Matei always have a Chinese friend on the back of my motorcycle... but Laura, another American, turned out to be a great friend! Here we are 1374 steps above Xing Ping. She volunteered to ride along to try and find the Secrete trail "in reverse..." (from Xing Ping to Yangshuo...
Look SouthYangshuo isabout 20 kilometers away, off to the right through the mountains. It is these mountains that I am so curious about. I think it will be great fun to find a way to ride a bike or a motorcycle through all the way to Yangshuo...
East South East.... the small mountain roads of the Karst mountains in the Guilin district in the province of Guangxi are soooooooo cooooool!!!!... here Laura and I ride my motorcycle east-south-east trying to find connecting roads to Yangshuo
Ask Directionsthere was a fork in the road, so we tried to ask this fellow directions... but in truth, many people that live back in the mountains don't go anywhere, so they simply don't know where the road finally goes...
River in the Distanceafter driving a while, we spied the river in the distance. i was hoping that we would find another ferry boat to carry the motorcycle across the river...
Trail Narrowseven with a motorcycle, the road often narrows down to a foot path... but if you are careful, you can make it through the narrow places and keep going
No Crossingin the end, there was no ferry... we literally tracked another motorcycle to this spot... its riders are on that small bamboo boat and we are at the end of the line... or at least for today
Give Upits over, we gave up as the sun began to set...
give upand we cruised back to Yangshuo on the paved highway... to take a long shower, have a good meal and rest.
Fix Motorcyclea long, long way from a motorcycle repair shop... and the clutch cable snapped. i fixed it with a rock, a brass key and a nail...