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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










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.

Day Twenty - To Lianyungang

Added on by Paul Wood.

I rode from Rizhao to Lianyungang today, or I think Lianyun is also appropriate to say. I keep having to remind myself the name of the city I am riding to. The only way to see it is to zoom out on iPhone maps app to see most of China. At any closer view it only shows the districts. Lianyungang is situated between two mountains and is quite scenic. Unfortunately its also an industrial city. 20121113-092232.jpg

I rode through some generic Chinese countryside today, and because I was tuned into my new audiobooks not much really drew my eye. This is the first time I've been in "the zone" on the trip. Its a great feeling to have especially when riding. In my work life I have certain rituals to get myself into the zone. It seems that now I have some kind of idea of how to do the same while on my bike.

Surprisingly what go me there was listening to the book Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline read by Wil Wheaton. Its a book about a video game so its ironic that this book got me so focused in as if I was playing a video game. Wil Wheaton fit the character pretty well since I only know him as that kid annoying kid from Star Trek. Cline's book makes constant pop culture references, so it was funny when Wil Wheaton had to mention himself in the book.

I arrived at Lianyun in the late afternoon. After searching for a bit I found a 100 RMB a night hotel near the road out of Lianyun. I walked out to have some spicy noodle soup at a local restaurant. As soon as I got back to my room I passed out,my body feels like it has been a long day of riding but in my head it flelt like it flew by.