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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

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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

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