The mountains are closing in


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 25

Saturday 26.04.08
Mazhao (a small village in front of the mountains)

I could have had a Chinese wife yesterday. I refused. I had to move on.
Everything was under control, I just needed to buy stuff for tomorrow, so pretty late I went to the supermarket, quite a distance.
I had bought most of it, when a Chinese woman dressed in jogging clothes and a cap, asked me if I was a teacher. Later she told me, she had thought so, because tourists never go to the Trust Mart.
We hadn`t been talking for 2 minutes when she asked for my e-mail address and I thought that was a bit too early for that, which I told her.
We strolled around buying things for a while and she showed me where the sweets could be found, only I didn`t find those nut-bars I like so much. But I found some too expensive chocolate which I bought instead.
Another story of Chinese women, wanting something else from the future than what`s most likely to be.
She was teaching English and was most interessted in western culture.
By coincidence she`s just seen a Danish film, and she tells me the story of a man in an indian orphant home aso. In other words "Before the Wedding", which is so new, that I`ve JUST seen it. Where has she seen it? She`d bought it on DVD, she thought it to be a bit strange.
For 10 RMB you can buy the latest Danish films here. They would cost more than 20 times as much in DK.
I soon realize that that`s the way I become a millionaire. Buy Danish films cheap here and sell them expensive in DK. (Might be problems with copyright? - not here).
When I say that Mads Mikkelsen (a Danish actor) also participated in a James Bond-movie, she quickly responds: Yes, he was the evil guy with the eye - she`s also seen that
But what`s it`s all about she doesn`t think she can develop her English language and her interests together with a Chinese husband, so she would prefer a westener, but maybe not a Spaniard.
She`s probably 35 years old and lives alone in a flat, that her parents have bought to her and her economic is OK.
Luckily I have to move on tomorrow, so there is only talk about, that I could have slept at her place.
But if I know somebody, who wants a Chinese wife, then... A nice man, the age doesn`t matter - was that a hint to me?
I hereby pass by the offer!
We say goodbye with a hug and once again I go to bed later than it was planned.

Mountains in the distance?


This day goes by nice and easy. The weather er warm and sunny and no wind, so I`m soon on my way. Not any problems finding my old friend G108. Only when I in or around Zhouzhi has to follow it south I go to far through the city. There are NEVER sign about the main roads in the towns.
It`s still green all around and plants I don`t know are emerging at the roadside. Although here it`s mostly white clover. For the first time I see palms.
Just before Zhouzhi I happen to look to the left and through the mist the mountains arise. Those I have to cross tomorrow. A high mountain ridge fills the horizon through the mist.

During the 10 km to Mazhao they come closer and there, exactly where the road disappears in the horizon, there is a lower part, where the road will be winding through.
It ends up being one of the more primitive Chinese hotels I have to stay at. Chinese toilet (guess what that is - you know them?) but never the less a water tap down in the yard. 10RMB. It`s one of those places where I use my sleeping bag. And this room is even the best it seems! But there`s a TV-set! From just outside my room I can see the mountain I have to climb above the roofs. It feels as if I could stretch out my arm and touch it.
I`ve been on a trip up and down the street. It`s a small town. At the top (not so far) where the climb begins and all the way down to the other end. And found myself a place to eat. It`s the nicest in the town.
When he presents the menu, I tell him: Wo bu dong hanzi - I don`t understand Chinese characters, and: ji rou - chicken meat. He says something with: "la le" and the word "la" comes to my mind meaning: chili and hot. I shake my head. Ah bu shi la le - it must not be spicy. He points at something costing 36 and I say (in Danish) it`s too expensive. He understands and keep on pointing. That! Costs 14. That`s good! Hen hao.
We`ll see.
It`s all right. It`s fine. Excellent choice, thank you. Could have been more spicy, but the small differences are hard to handle this way. I make a "excellent"-gesture at the chef. A little later he shows up. Do I need a place to sleep? No, I point up the street. What do I have to pay? 10. Oh, I could have had a room here for that too. He shows the 10 with two fingers crossed, the character for "shi" - ten, one of those few I know. That`s a shame, I would have prefered to stay here.
Without more than 10 common words we communicate well. He`s bright. They are not all of them!
It`s no lie that they eat with a lot of sound in China. And every time a set of customers have left, the floor under the table is swept. They behave like pigs too. I don`t mean to be rude, it`s a part of their culture - and it`s even more here in the country.
When I return having had my 100 bill changed and want to pay, the price is not 10 but 20. After some time I give up. Stupid bitch. For once I won`t smile and shake hands when I leave in the morning. I won`t even say goodbye.
90.35 km
18.32 km/t
4:55:50 tim
28.3 km/t