First  bike cleaning


1. Beijing 02.04.08

2. Beijing 03.04.08

3. Beijing 04.04.08

4. Beijing 05.04.08

MAP 1 Beijing-Yingxian

5. Beijing-LouCun 06.04.08

6. Lou Cun-YudouCun 07.04.08

7. YudouCun-Laiyuan 08.04.08

8. Laiyuan-Wangzhuang 09.04.08

9. Wangzhuang-Hunyuan 10.04.08

MAP 2 Yingxian-Taiyuan

10. Hunyuan-Dai Xian 11.04.08

11. Dai Xian-Xinzhou 12.04.08

12. Xinzhou-Taiyuan 13.04.08

MAP 3 Taiyuan-Linfen

13. Taiyuan-Pingyao 14.04.08

14. Pingyao 15.04.08

15. PingyaoHuozhou 16.04.08

16. Houzhou-Xiangfen 17.04.08

17. Xiangfen-Hejin 18.04.08

MAP 4 Linfen-Weinan

18. Hejin-Heyang 19.04.08

19. Heyang-Dali 20.04.08 Heyang-Dali

20. Dali-Xi'an 21.04.08

21. Xi'an 22.04.08

22. Xi'an 23.04.08

23. Xi'an 24.04.08

24. Xi'an 25.04.08

MAP 5 Weinan-Hanzhong

25. Xi'an-Mazhao 26.04.08

26. Mazhao-Yangxian 27.04.08

27. Yangxian-Mian Xian 28.04.08

28. Mian Xian-Ningqiang 29.04.08

29. Ningqiang-Guangyuan 30.04.08

MAP 6 Hanzhong-Mianyang

30. Guangyuan-Jianmen Pass 01.05.08

31. Jianmen Pass-Zitong 02.05.08

32. Zitong-Loujiang 03.05.08

33. Luojiang-Chengdu 04.05.08

34. Chengdu 05.05.08

35. Chengdu 06.05.08

36. Chengdu 07.05.08

37. Chengdu 08.05.08

38. Chengdu 09.05.08

MAP 7 Mianyang-Maoxian

39. Chengdu-Dujiangyan 10.05.08

40. Dujiangyan-Miansi 11.05.08

41. Miansi-Maoxian 12.05.08

42. Maoxian 13.05.08

43. Maoxian 14.05.08

44. Maoxian 15.05.08

45. Maoxian 16.05.08

46. Maoxian 17.05.08

47. Maoxian 18.05.08

48. Maoxian-Chengdu 19.05.08

49. Chengdu-Chongqing 20.05.08

50. Chongqing-Wanzhou 21.05.08

51. Yangtze River 22.05.08

52. Yangtze River-Wuhan 23.05.08

53. Wuhan 24.05.08

54. Beijing 25.05.08

55. Beijing 26.05.08

56. Beijing 27.05.08

57. Beijing 28.05.08

58. Beijing 29.05.08

59. Beijing 30.05.08


English Version 17

Friday 18.04.08
Xiangfen 17.00 oíclock

Itís raining a little this morning, I roll on, donít have to go through town, cause the road crosses the river and continues on the other side. It starts to rain more heavily and just when I enter a gas station for shelter a heavy shower starts. It rains for 15-20 min and then stops as quick as it started. Itís like in the tropical zone. The sky looks unchanged, will there be more?
I dare leave and have no more rain this day.
Itís looking greener de last 4-5 days. When I cross over the railway and can see far away there are for the first time green fields as far as you can see. It cheers me up.
I am beginning looking forward to see the blue sky south of Xiían, I donít think it will be before then.
Just as Iím on the bridge a train passes and I get the opportunity to count how many wagons an endless good train carries: 62 Ė filled with coal Ė and only one engine.
The dust in the road has turned into mud for the next kilometres, but the surface is all right. In the end a man with a fruit cart turns up and I buy 3 bananas.
Iím conscious about eating sufficient and varied. I can do one day on water and bread alone but in the long run itís no good.
Today I add some Chinese coffee chocolate I bought in the supermarket in Pingyao. When I passed it by accident I had to go inside, because in there I can get everything, I thought.
I went around for 15-20 min without finding ANYTHING I could use. At last I found some bars with nuts, I hope resemble those I bought in Beijing.
I see a wash basin at a gas station and ask if I can wash my hands? Yes, of course. She pours in some more and adds some hot too. And thereís soap. Thank you, so much! Since yesterday I canít touch anything without getting dirty.

A dirty bicycle Shop opening - tradition - superstition?


At another gas station I find an old towel all wet after the rain. Perfect. I start cleaning the bike. I spray the chain, itís been too noisy lately. During the process I find out that the front mudguard has come loose. A nut has disappeared. I ask with gestures a girl at the station if theyíve got one? Meiyou! They havnít. Shortly after another girl has arrived. I ask again. More people have arrived, I often attract crowds. She seems declining too, but then a man stands up and says: run over to the garage, theyíve got to have one. I canít naturally understand it, but I have no doubt thatís what he says, and she gets the bolt and returns soon after with one. I have the unbraco for it butÖdamned, the adjustable spanner is at the bottom of one of the rear panniers. But they immediately produce a spanner that fits. She must have had it with her from the garage. I totally forget to ask if it costs anything. I donít think it does.
The city of Linfen I never see. A by-pass has been constructed with 3 lanes and a shoulder in each direction divided by a planted verge. Some have the means.. For the first time I see commercial signs by the road. Whatís in peoples dreams here? Cars! Honda Civic and Nissan.
I easily find a lŁguan for 50, but then itís without private shower and toilet. There isnít even a mirror, so I can see what my face looks like, the trousers doesnít look good at least. I did borrow a brush this morning, but itís more than that to make them look good, and now theyíre all muddy up to the knees. When I get to Xiían Iíll buy another pair and THEN Iíll wash them.
107.45 km
19.79 km/t
5:25:38 tim
38.9 km/t