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Day twenty two - The road to Nanjing

Added on by Paul Wood.

Today I rode down the G205. It's a new road, at least it's been recently repaved. It goes between Huaian and Nanjing. The interesting thing to me about it is that the G205 doesn't go through any cities between Huaian and Nanjing, only small towns for 200 . So tonight I'm staying in a little guest house in the Anhui province. The town is called Zhangpuzhen, I'm paying 40 RMB for my room. I'm probably the first foreigner anyone has seen around here in a long time. A group of children formed around me just to look at me. While I was eating dinner at a fried chicken joint a few teenage (maybe older? they all look young here in China) girls snuck a few pictures of me that I'm sure are now on Weibo... I saw them doing it but played dumb. I've learned that keeps things simple and least embarrassing.

The ride was smooth and the only climbs were up bridges. It is now the Wheat harvest and I see wheat being payed out on every concrete service available. I don't understand why they do this but I'm no farmer.

My lunch today was free. I rolled into a fish shop in the city of Hongze and asked for a simple meal of rice, eggs and tomatoes and they gave it to me for free. I didn't want any fish because I prefer my fish only on the opposite ends of the cooking scale, deep fried or raw.

Tomorrow I should reach Nanjing hopefully in the early afternoon. I'm about 87 km from the city now. I'll be looking for a cheap hotel that e cepts foreigners. I've learned the hard way that most cheap places don't except a passport because they don't have the proper permits, out here in the countryside they don't care much but in the city they often turn me away because of my passport.

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Day Twenty One - Green Again

Added on by Paul Wood.

Today  I rode to Huaian. I passed a lot more green than usual. It makes me feel good because its much warmer and much better than the coast of Shandong more than a week ago. Also I crossed a lot of bridges. So I'll just let the pictures do the talking. 20121113-191525.jpg

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I'm 2 days ride from Nanjing now which is going to take me a few days out of my way from Shanghai. I could ride hard back to Shanghai in 3-4 days but I want to visit Nanjing since its one of the few major cities in China I have yet to visit. When I get there I'll be taking a day to look around. I've been debating making tomorrow a really really long day's ride and trying for my first century ride. I'm about 110 miles from the Nanjing Railway station where it would be easy for me to find cheap accommodation. Theres also no major city between Huaian and Nanjing so it makes since.

The other option is start slow tomorrow and take it relatively easy into Nanjing. I can probably get 120 km in and then the next day arrive into Nanjing in the afternoon. I prefer to ride into a city during the daylight. I've learned this from my horrible ride into Qingdao last week. If its rush hour and there are public buses about I don't expect to make good time or feel safe on my bike at night.

Regardless the most important thing I need to do in the next week and a half is get back to Shanghai for Thanksgiving.

Things are going well. The zip ties are holding up the rack. My tires are fully inflated now, because I'm not afraid of popping since I have spares. The tires being fully inflated makes me ride much faster. My knee feels fine. And because I've given in and decided that if I can find a cheap hotel (less than 100 RMB) I'll just stay there for the night, all my electronics are fully charged.