Unaware of what's to come


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 40

Sunday 11.05.08

The night goes as expected. At 2 o'clock I awake but I don`t feel my head is so bad, that painkillers are nescessary. Even they`re lying ready beside the bed. But my head is bad when I get on my feet and goes for the breakfast. It`s a 2 star hotel so breakfast is included.
I havn`t really gone out of town before the climbing begins. The reward is given when the river and its surroundings are revealed far down, but it`s too misty for photos.

A special bridge crossing the Min River A minor crash doesn't stop a chinese bus


Soon after comes the explanation for all this climbing. A huge dam goes from one side of the gorge to the other and the road has to climb a side gorge and go through a tunnel.
Only 5-600 m but there`s heavy traffic all the way through.
At a new tunnel I choose to walk through. The end cannot be seen, there`s no light and there is a footpath at the side of about 1 m. My headlight comes on. It has been worth gold on this trip. Once the bricks are missing for 3 m`s so I have to wait for a break in traffic, so I can balance the bike on the edge.
According to the map the road just has to follow the river. It doesn`t tell what I see on the opposite side: a road zig-zagging up the mountain for at last to disappear in a tunnel. Hard work, but I succeed and reach the other side. There was no lights but it wasn`t that long. I`m at 1080 m.
The rest of the day can be described as endless climbs which brings me high above the river and rolling downs again to the river. It just goes on and on. At one moment there`s a new road at the other side of the river. It begins at Yingxiu, where the signs too are confusing, but I keep on following what MUST be the road on the map.

ALL can be recycled Resting place for mules


The other one seems to be a pay road and it disappears every now and then in tunnels. There`s also confusion about the distance to Wenchuan, the target of today. According to the map the distance should "only" be 95, but as the day goes by it`s obvious there`s more than 100. I can`t go that far in a terrain like this.
One thing holds: my road shall cross the river - and - eventually it does. Then I know where I am. There`s around 12-15 km to a town called Miansi.
During the ride the chain once more goes past the smallest gearwheel and when I have had dragged the bike to a better place it suddenly rolls backwards and the chain is stuck again. But I`m learning. 10 mins, the other Chinese wet tissue and I`m ready again. Must have bought some more of those tissues.
I end up one of those fandian`s that often has rooms too. As usual I`m the sensation of the day. The young ones speaks some english words and that makes it a lot easier.
My own bathroom and toilet (Chinese style) and CCTY9 for 80. I drink the beer my head didn`t need, but never mind. I`m tired. Exhausted.
At the end of the afternoon the sun is seen just over the mountain ridge and is shining on my for a whole minute.
A critical day but when I study the map, I still have a chance of reaching Songpan in two more days, I hope. But that`s for the road to decide.