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.
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.