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SOUTH CHINA MOURNING POST

Cyclists Breeze In from Beijing

By Paul Lamond

December 17. 1994

Wheeling their mud-caked bikes through the streets of TsimShaTsui yesterday afternoon, cycling adventurers Peter Crosby and Atsuko Horiguchi looked remarkably fresh.

After a six-month riding stint from Beijing, the pair arrived in Hong Kong with little more than a few sore muscles, dirty clothing, thousands of photographs and a siring of amusing tales.

Setting out from Tiananmen Square on what they considered to be an "abnormal thing to do," the twosome cycled their way through eight provinces: Hebei, Shanxi, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Guangdong.

Along the way they made a 3,000-metre ascent of the holy mountain of Wutai-shan, lived with monks at the Baimasi Buddhist temple and studied kung fu.

Mr. Crosby, 38, a freelance writer and photographer, said: "Our relationship was like our bikes. When we first got them there were lots of repairs and replacing parts, but the frame of the bike is still intact."

Thoughts of quilting hardly crossed the minds of the Washington-based couple, despite tales of severe bums, month-long rain, and falling into toilets.

Miss Horiguchi, 32. a Harvard-trained economist, explained: "I started getting used to the outhouses but as soon as I stepped into this one 1 slipped and while I was minding my own business I fell into other people's business."

They also strengthened their blossoming relationship, but yesterday avoided questions on whether wedding bells were in the air.

The couple will spend a week in Hong Kong before returning to Washington, DC where they will write a book about their adventure and cut a mini-documentary for National Geographic TVs Explorer.


HONGKONG STANDARD

Couple Rides from Beijing on Bicycles

By Bonnie Chiu

December 17. 1994

Riding a bicycle is an exercise or a pastime for many, but for one gutsy couple, a bicycle trip that took them across eight Chinese provinces will be an unforgettable journey.

American Peter Crosby, 38, and Japanese Atsuko Horiguchi, 32 are perhaps the first couple to travel from Beijing to Hong Kong on bicycles.

Their journey, which began in Beijing in June, saw them pass through Hebei, Shanxi, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Guangdong provinces. The couple finally reached Hong Kong tired but excited on Thursday night.

"Actually, we're too happy to be tired," Ms Horiguchi, a former bank economist and musician, said Mr Crosby, a freelance writer and photographer, and Ms Horiguchi said the mainlanders' kindness helped them achieve their aim.

"The poorer folks are, the more generous they are," Mr. Crosby said, adding that China's pollution problems are deplorable.

Asked how they were getting on after 180 days together, Mr. Crosby compared their relationship to their bicycles. "It had now become solid but a little bit heavy," he said. They will write a book about their journey and make a TV documentary and a CD-Rom.



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