Hunting things for the bike


1. Chengdu 12.04.10

2. Chengdu 13.04.10

3. Chengdu 14.04.10

4. Chengdu - Maoxian 15.04.10

5. Maoxian 16.04.10

6. Maoxian 17.04.10

7. Maoxian-Chengdu 18.04.10

8. Chengdu 19.04.10

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14.Kunming (Shilin) 25.04.10

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16.Kunming - Dali 27.04.10

17. Dali 28.04.10

18. Dali-Lijiang 29.04.10

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20. Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge 01.05.10

21. Tiger Leaping Gorge - Lijiang 02.05.10

22. Lijiang-Kunming 03.05.10

23. Kunming 04.05.10

24. Kunming (West Lake Mountain) 05.05.10

25. Kunming 06.05.10

26. Chengdu 07.05.10

27. Chengdu (Airport) 08.05.10

28. Chengdu (Dujiangyan) 09.05.10

29. Chengdu (Cykelværktøj) 10.05.10

30. Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou 11.05.10

31. Jiuzhaigou 12.05.10

32. Jiuzhaigou-Songpan 13.05.10

33. Songpan-Maoxian 14.05.10

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36. Maoxian (Rådhuset) 17.05.10

37. Maoxian - Chengdu 18.05.10

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39. Chengdu-Guangyuan 20.05.10

40. Guanggyuan-Xi'an 21.05.10

41. Xi'an 22.05.10

42. Xi'an (Moskeen) 23.05.10

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44. Xi'an - Chongqing 25.05.10

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46. Chongqing 27.05.10

47. Chongqing-Chengdu 28.05.10

48. Chengdu-Shifang 29.05.10

49. Shifang-Anchang 30.05.10

50. Anchang-Deyang 31.05.10

51. Deyang-Chengdu 01.06.10

52. Chengdu 02.06.10

53. Chengdu - CPH 03.06.10



Letter 29


Monday 10.05.10 Chengdu
Yesterday I decided to try to get to Dujiangyan today by the new train. But this morning I get the latest update to the wheather forecast for Jiuzhaigou (famous national park north of Maoxian).
After some considerations I make up my mind. I`ll go there tomorrow and later go south to Maoxian by bus. So I set off for the busstation. There are only few busses a day - and all in the morning I think - so you have to get the ticket the day before.
When I`m back - after having double checked with the staff that it is the right destination and 8.00 in the morning - it`s maybe a little late to go to Dujiangyan. And maybe thousands go there this first day? Does it work like all chinese trains or is it maybe more like a metro or S-bahn (german expression - don`t know the english) Nobody seems to know. It`s still not at the internet.
So I go to the railway station to find out. There`s a counter with the text above: Foreign Guests. That must be the one, english speaking staff I think. But no. Dujiangyan she understands and it seems the next train will be D6109 at 14:00. Arriving at 14:41. That will be too late so I just thanks for the information.
With the train number it`s still not possible for the staff here to find information at the website, but from the train no. I gather it works like any other chinese train.
It`s partly sunshine and quite warm so I decide it`s time for laundry. If all goes well it`ll be dry during the day?
So I have a kind of quiet day where I catch up on all that has been delayed. Next will be to go to the bike shop to buy the tools I need for adjusting the handlebar and unscrewing the pedals when I have to fly back. And buy a repair kit for the tubes and maybe bags so I can do some serious biking?
I set off for a shop Joe, my local bicycle friend, has pointed out in the map.


Repair - instead of throwing away   Streetsweeper with umbrella-hat


It`s easy to find, but can it really be this small shop? The owner is just welding something on a ladys bike. The freewheel makes noise. Also this is fixed with a lot of oil and fat. I wonder what this will cost?
She gives him 20. And get 15 back. You wouldn`t even be able to get it done in Danmark, I think. Buy a new one!
I start with the tube, that he must have? And he has, chinese valve like I want it. But the rest? No, except for the pump. 12 for a pump - taken.
So I move on to see if the "real" shop is some meters further down the road?
The bike seems a bit heavy. Is it the break? Then I realize that the front tyre is running out of air. How lucky can you be? It could have happened everywhere else. Now I turn around and go to ask, if the new tube also can be put on?
This is a job for the wife. Daddy has to eat, she`s just brought him the meal. The tube is put on for free and I roll on homeward bound, now being able to pump if nescessary.
After having washed my hands I set off again. For the more professional shop. They will have everything I need?
I`ve been there before so it`s also easy to find - and not so far. The unbraco set they have. And the tool for the pedals as well. And tools to get the tyre loose, but that`s all. No repair set only some instant repair things that cost a fortune. I want it with the good old glue. That`ll have to wait. I don`t ask for bags for the bike, that`ll have to wait too.
I`ll have to get up early. The reception thought it would be a good idea to leave from here 6.40. I can go there on bike in 15 min. And walk there in half an hour? But it`s always good to have an extra margin in China - I know - now.