Today was the day for the Thrash Bike, as it has been christened. We loaded bike, gear & 3 bodies into a taxi and headed for the carpark behind the Wuxi Pro-face factory where Wozza works. This little machine was so much fun! Top speed is probably about 35kph and that close to the ground it felt awesome! It’s tiny size has meant that the toes of my shoes are now a little shorter than they use to be but hey, it was a great time. We were having so much fun that we decided to make a short video of the bike, using only my Canon A80 digital camera to record the footage. The result was a sight to behold.
We accidentally left our home-made sprite-bottle funnel at home. Wozza hit upon the idea of running the fuel down a screwdriver and into the tank. This worked an absolute treat and disaster, i.e. a big mess and/or not being able to fill the tank, was averted.
After about 1 1/2 hours our fun was cut short when the pull-cord starter jammed. We were unable to effect a field repair so we had to go home. Despite all disassembly efforts the re-coil mechanism refused to operate correctly. That will be one for Wozz to attack later. After a quick bite, a shower and a good laugh at all the photos and videos we had taken we headed to the train for the return journey to Shanghai. The taxi drivers in Wuxi are just as phycho as those in Shenzhen, but we made it to the train in time nonetheless.
Back in Shanghai we downed a feed and then set about blasting each other off the Table Tennis table. 3 Chinese guys started watching from outside the Ping Pong room so we invited them to play with us. We had such an awesome time as Wozz & I each beat 2 of them. This one of them was just too much. So much spin on the ball! I swear that I was hitting the ball and it was landing 4 or 5 feet from where I meant it to. It was also a great opportunity to practice Chinese as they all understood a little English, so getting it wrong didn’t matter so much. We also scored in Chinese for the benefit of all. Learning Language tip - find something you enjoy doing and then do it in the foreign language, it makes learning much more fun.
After exhausting ourselves we sat in the lounge and whittled away the hours chatting with Wozz, Kevin and Brenda and discovering all the trials & discoveries they too have been having since moving to China. It was reassuring to know that many of the hassles we’ve had have been shared by them. Hopefully we’ve been able to help them as they too settle into a foreign land.