This wasn't how it was meant to be. If I'm honest I hadn't expected the Pigeon to make it all the way to Kashgar, but I didn't think it would die so dramatically in the first 40km. I tried to save it, two separate mechanics tried to save it too but the weight was too much for it to take. My 15kg of luggage caused the very flexible rear steel rim to bend, which in turn meant the rear tyre slipped off allowing the inner tube to slip out. After 4 punctures, the Pigeon's back wheel finally gave in by exploding, scaring a bus queue of thirty or so people.
This happening in Beijing was disappointing but with a tight time scale I couldn't risk this happening in the middle of nowhere once or twice, let alone over and over again.
I'm gutted. This was always meant to be as much about dragging a Pigeon along as much as seeing some cool parts of China, alas that will have to wait for a time I can have a drone carrying my stuff behind me.
As it is, I have another bike, the Pigeon of 2015 a £150 Giant, which I will continue to ride for the rest of the journey (until that dies) because, frankly, this is probably my last chance to do something so silly as ride across China.
Anyway, I had a great day where many people helped me, stared at me, asked me why I was wearing shorts. On the plus side I don't have to leave before 7am everyday and I'll get to see more places.
April 7: Beijing to Yanqing - 92KM
Start Time: 06.30
Finish Time: 17.50
Hours Cycling: 6
Hours Pushing: 3
Hours Sulking: 2.333
Near Death Experiences: Me: 0; Pigeon; 1 (fatal)
A photo Every Hour - Highlight the no smoking room with cigarette marks on the wall
Photo of The Day - Chicken in a basket
This is where I update on my progress. Expect lots of fabricated statistics and dated music references.