What Wormhole Have I Fallen Into??

Walking into the salad restaurant, I expected to see folks eating. I did not expect to see an entire indoor skatepark with quarter pipe ramps everywhere. Skaters darted back and forth in the midst of a fairly conventional mall–with Chinese touches, of course, of cascading waterfalls & fake monkeys clinging to fake palm trees–as spectators…

We Set a World Record Together Yesterday

The highest vertical building run ever: 552 vertical meters up Earth’s second tallest building–Shanghai Tower. Shanghai, China. 上海 中国🇨🇳 Always intrigued by Empire during 12 years in NYC, but never tried to get in. And very difficult to get into. But I am a Professional Adventurer now. And it is my duty to run such…

Can’t I Just Take the Elevator?

In a nutshell: No. For the 900 or so of us warped ones, we will be running up. Why? Face my fears. When race organizers say “no” to those who fear heights, I sign up; hopefully, I will not go into cardiac arrest when I look out from above. Life is not about how much…

I Will Only Get Haircuts in China

It was yesterday, Thanksgiving, around 2100 China time. The sharing of an American tradition with Chinese friends-colleagues had gone splendidly. Only 1 thing left to do at a time when I’m normally tucked away in bed: get a haircut. Just a quick, simple trim. Yes. After all, I have a date tonight. In the course…

Beijing Comes to Shanghai

I’d planned to write today about running on the Great Wall last weekend.  Yes, life is pretty rad when I can casually type out such statements.  But that story will come later. I feel more compelled to tell you all how my boy from Beijing contacted me yesterday. This is the race director, 6 years…

Chang Cheng: I am here

The Great Wall.  “Yahweh” first taught me about this place. That’s Professor Hall Peebles of Wabash College. Circa 1997, he opened my eyes to other faiths, cultures, traditions.  This had a profound impact on the course of my future.  Stories of ancient Chinese traditions flowed from his lips, as the trusty tissue in his hand…

WOW: Mongolia, I

Only 6 days have passed since I arrived in “Zurck (emphasis on final sound)”–Mongolia. In fact, I’m actually now at Maan Coffee in the Beijing Airport.  But it was such a wild ride.   Please sit back & enjoy these photos & initial reflections… I’m not going to sugarcoat it. If I could marry a…

Flying Into the Empire

It still stands as the largest land empire that ever existed in human history, surpassing the Romans & Alexander the Great in sheer size.  The Mongol Empire controlled thousands of kilometers of forbidding lands stretching across vast expanses of steppes, mountains, rivers.  Today (October 1st), I find myself nearly there.  In under thirty minutes, Mongolian…

Running Shanghai, Part II: How is it Different than USA?

Hot tea at the ready in Century Park for our pleasure upon finishing a long run in 80% humidity and about 85 degrees.  Haven’t seen that in Central Park, nor Van Cortlandt.  It was great, though. Actually, at the 10k point of my run, I mixed tea with lemon lime Gatorade. It was quite good….

Shanghai in 5 Photos

Wow. Just starting to venture further afield, getting to know my newly adopted city.  There are many elements of Shanghai I’m liking a lot….more and more… Just got home after a few hours out exploring, wandering, adventuring.  No captions or annotations this time.  Draw your own conclusions from these 5 photos just taken this afternoon-evening. 

9th Day: Detained by Chinese Security

40:07 into this morning’s run on my ninth day living in China; that is when I was detained by Chinese security.  And the run was going so well.  Look where I was:   Yeah. Beautiful running route. No one out on this elite school campus yet but a legion of groundskeepers, security & myself.  For…

I’m Going to Show Them

Yeah. This is how it’s done.  I charged into ICBC bank on Hongmei Road like I owned the joint. Shit, I live across the way now. And I’ve been here nearly 6 days. I’m going to show the 2 Caucasian ladies waiting how an American in China does business.  I went straight to the futuristic…