What’s the Dead Sea Really Like?

How salty is it, really? Ever drunk vodka straight? The saltiness is so extreme, it’s like that in your mouth. I felt like, one accidental gulp of water would OD me with salt. Know how in most oceans-seas-lakes, you run your hand along the bottom and come up with sand, or plants, or mud? Here’s…

So Small

Up the stone path, at first it’s like a large hill. Like the ones we ran in Suzhou. Towering trees overhead. Gray headstones grow from terraced slopes. The three of us hike through this ancient graveyard. Green moss covers some headstones. A crudely made white ceremonial headdress hangs from a post over another grave. One…

It’s A Day in China

Looks like I’ve been run over by a truck, but I’m okay. It’s just my first traditional Chinese massage. After wearing my paper diaper for a second week in a row (but not thong-like or pink this time),I made the mistake of asking the masseuse to go deeper this time. Well, I’ve had tight hamstrings….

Asia Summary I

6.5 months since I landed in Asia (leaving once for two weeks in USA). It’s time to provide an executive summary of what I’ve experienced thus far, in parts. Here’s the first installment. Reflections & Miscellany (only in a stream of consciousness order)… 1. Harshest land in which to survive: Mongolia 2. Most stunningly gorgeous…

I Ran Into the Sea

I ran out into the Andaman Sea. The beach ran out and as I met a series of giant boulders, I curved out into the warm sea. I literally kept running through water. Behind me, lavender clouds. Before me, expansive sky streaked with yellow, orange. A setting sun. Stopping, I threw my arms to the…

Before Myanmar…

…I had never: Been able to step outside–at Heho Airport–and stand directly next to the runway while waiting for my plane to board. Especially with all the rules in China & U.S., this would never fly, no pun intended. No boarding pass was shown before I stood out there. When our passes were checked it…

Sun Rising Over Myanmar

Running these dusty roads in complete darkness, just before sunrise. I step into a centuries old shrine, shoes & socks off, and am face to face with Buddha. In total darkness. Barefoot on hard bricks, I kneel down, prostrate before a manifestation of the One. Overwhelmed. The sun rises. By 6:00am the tiny village nearby…

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…

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…