China seems like eons ago, chiefly because less than 3 days after getting home from that trip I was off to Belgium for another trip. Belgium was, uh, challenging. There were highs and lows and in general it was a good trip, but there can be no underestimating the toll days of frustration take. I learned a bunch of valuable lessons, the hard way, but also got some great rides in. Chiefly the Cyclo Tourist Ronde van Flanders. That it took place in the cold, pouring rain was almost incidental, still a super fun way to spend a Saturday.