This is probably the least interesting day on the whole trip. I just have to reach Chengdu in a hurry and the road should be easy.
And it goes fine. In the outskirts of Deyang most of the traffic turns right but my compas tells me itís the road straight I must follow. Milestones or not. But they reappear - later.
The road turns bad. At Xindu the traffic for Chengdu is asked to turn left and I follow, but at the first opportunity I take the "compas road" south. The road is much better here but I end up back on the G108 as there is a smaller mountain straight ahead.
Traffic increases. Between fourth and second ringroad itís insane. There is a fence to keep the cars and the slow traffic apart, but another blue fence to the right makes our part too narrow. At one moment things go bad. As the traffic in the slow lane goes both directions Ė the chinese way - we end up with two scooter taxis of some kind not being able to pass each other. Jam in the slow lane - very special. I swing my leg across the fence and lifts the bicycle out between the cars and go there for a short distance. What a relief. Nobody coming from behind, now I just have to watch out for the oncoming vehicles.
Itís raining again, itís muddy, thereís the pollution from the stuck cars, the hell of a boring distance.
I reach the second ringroad, right for the train station, left towards the river, left again and Iím HOME.
I left at 9.00 and itís now 1.30 p.m. It must have been more like 60 km and not
46 km as suggested in the map.
After some inquieries I decide to get a taxi or itís actually a mini van, for the airport on thursday. I book and pay the 60 RMB it costs. Now I donít have to worry about that and donít have to go by bike, it would be too complicated even I know the way.
Later in the afternoon I go out to find a cardboard box for the bicycle.
At the chosen bicycle shop some bikes even stand outside still in boxes, fortunate, then itís easier to explain. I pay 10 RMB for a box. Itís too small for the entire bike, but with my knife and gaffa tape Iíll do it some way.
This evening I feel satisfied. Peace comes to my mind. I think I achieved what I came for. All my trips from Chengdu has in some respects been successful. The only thing missing is the DR programme from Maoxian. So now I just have to write the book, I guess?