Day 11: The Fall

What is intermediate syndrome? It is where slightly grown amateurs become over-confident and careless in just as dangerous or risky situations. At Microcampus, the intermediate syndrome usually occurs between weeks 2 to 3. I am a real-life example of the Microcampus intermediate syndrome patient, and soon you will see why. By the way, I think I also shed the "first blood" in the voyagers crew.

Yesterday afternoon was beautiful, with all the chirping birds and all the buzzing bees. Sam B., Sunny Q. and I decided to go on a bike ride together on this cheerful day as to not miss the sunlight. After some preparation and reminders of safety procedures, we were good to go. Previously, on the third day of Microcampus, we took a bike ride for our Microcampus bike certification. On the training ride, we took a right turn at the ficus tree and eventually arrived at the south corner of Erhai. However, we took a left turn yesterday and passed the Linden centre, riding all the way to the neighbouring village Shacun. Here, in front of the Shacun rock, we took a right turn onto the dirt road.

We were pretty confident before we encountered a group of dirt holes and heaps of gravel. Our group managed to get past most of these obstacles on the routem, sometimes avoiding, sometimes directly running over it. Later, we crossed a small construction site and some dirt flew into our eyes. This distraction really hit me hard, and I was slowly losing control of my bike. My bicycle's front wheel slowly sli across a piece of stone on the ground, then slid across a few more. And yes, I fell.

I am OK though. 


Hey I am Clark! Microcampus has been a spectacular experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. This experience transformed me and taught me many life lessons. Now that I am in Shanghai, I miss the clear skies, the amazing food, and all the loving memories the Voyagers crew had together. To future Microcampus students: cherish your time in Xizhou and always listen to Mr. T and Ms. Mai, as they are trying to stop a problem before it becomes one.