Our third Yunnan cycling tour through China’s most diverse province came to an end at the weekend and I feel it safe to say that this beautiful tour goes from strength to strength.
Last year we met the delightful Cathy who is not only a jolly fine bicycle racer but also a wonderful personality and a great agent for cycling tours in China. And so it was that we began this years tour with a new agent, a new guide (Cathy again) support driver and mechanic in the shape of the very fit, mild mannered and omni thirsts Lee (Cathy’s husband) and the ever jolly Mr Yuan driving the second support vehicles and keeping the group fed and watered whilst on the road. Many of you who have toured with PaintedRoads will by now know Echo, and it was Echo along with Cathy who effectively ran the tour taking care of all our accommodation, food and translation needs. Rounding up the final crew members were Frodo the frog and that usual tour leader who seems to tag along on every PaintedRoads tour with little more use than talking gibberish and opening beer bottles.
Now, as you know, PaintedRoads always seems to attract lovely people and our groups are all great fun, but I think it fair to say without fear of contradiction that the Yunnan group of 2015 really was amongst the best. So without further ado a big thanks to all who came along, both guests and crew, for making this such a wonderful fortnight’s cycling. And now for a few photos.