I woke up in Huanghua and out my window all I could see are these Chinese lane houses. I was sore and exhausted from the night before but somehow I convensed myself that I had to keep moving. I know at 100 RMB a night I could afford my nice hotel room for a day of recovery but that if I took that day I wouldn't get to Suzhou as fast. I got on the rode around 9 am and started fighting the wind. The best speed I could sustain wash 20 km per hour, well below my adverage getting to Tianjin. But after two hours of riding I met some other cyclist riding from Huanghua to Qingdao as well. They had left an hour before me so I was making good time. Despite the slower pace I joined them for the day of riding. It turned out to be a smart move.
The rain started at about 3 pm and slowly got heavier until 6 pm when it was a downpour. We had spread out over the last hour of riding, so I waited for two of the other guys to catch up at a local gas station. My friend wanted to keep going to the big city og BinZhou, but I knew for safety reasons we should stop. BinZhou was another 40 km away & it was wet, hard to see the road and getting colder.
Once we regrouped, We found a cheap guest house at the next crossroad and after a lot of haggling paid 20 RMB per person to stay the night. In total I spent about 60 RMB today on food and lodging.
They name of this town is Xia Wa zhen, 下洼镇 . It's at the cross section of two highways. S237 and S315. It's my first stop in a one stoplight town. But no one seems to pay attention to that stop light.