English Version 39
At last everything is not "just working".
It was a bad night. Woke up at 2 o'clock and had a toothache or whatever it was. I couldn`t tell which tooth. Or was it pain in the jaw? I slept a little after that time but not much.
I had planned to leave at 11-12 o'clock so I had time to get to my feet and pack and clean the bike.
When I`m in the saddle there are no problems. I had finished my spray for the chain so I tried to get some oil at some bicycle shops on the way. There were about 15 of them, all having tyres, tubes, chains, cleaning stuff, but none had oil. Don`t they oil their chains? No, they don`t.
The road to Dujiangyan is boring, but at last I arrive. But after
having found a too expensive hotel my head slowly gets worse.
I find a place to eat at the river, which has a lot of current. My head is easier to stand in these surroundings. They had some lights installed a little while ago. It looks like my drying arrangements.
I wonder if it`s something with the jaw? I`ve never had that. I brought some painkillers. Must find them for the night.
The plan is to see if I can reach Songpan. If I don`t feel sure about how to continue, I take a bus back to Chengdu and the train to Xining. But if I`m better, I go on to Lanzhou and Xining.
A girl comes out and talks to me. She speaks a LITTLE English and that`s enough. Not for a deep conversation but to feel better.
The Gong Bao Rou Ding I get is perfect and my newly learned expression: zhong la: middle hot seems to work. A big portion of rice and a big portion of the dish is only 20. At Mix it cost 22 and then you were still hungry.