Photo of the Day - It Looks like he's mugging me off, but he really isn't!
In some ways it was disappointing to see Wuhai clouded in smog as I approached after 155km of cycling, but when you've been waiting two months to have this blog title in many ways it's a relief to coat your lungs in metallic debris.
A great day. A proper this is why your doing this day. Following the most arduous check out yet - 18 minutes - I joined Linhe's pensioners for their morning turn about the square before hitting the 6.20am rush hour to school. Yes that's right, six and twenty. Linhe has a definite charm to it, I'd love to come back.
Out on the road it was a day of monuments and men (and a woman). I passed the 1000km mark, the G110 passed its own 1000km mark and I crossed one of China's great rivers; the Yellow one. Only the sixth longest river in the world, after all the ones you know about and the Yenesei, which you don't know about, or at least shouldn't know about.
More new friends today. Tomorrow if time allows, I'm off for lunch with two delivery drivers who passed me five times as they shuttled up and down the same stretch of road. Here they are.
Also had three or four other photo sessions on the way, the best of which was with the guy in the photo of the day. He was doing the reverse of me all the way up to Hohhot, on a grown up's bike.
Today was all about one long lingering moment though, as I cruised with a tail wind at 50kph (Mom - 20kph), with Idlewild playing, I gazed over to a glimmering Yellow River and the very first dunes of the Gobi Desert on the opposite bank. Better still, the Song 2 pun securing haze was also visible.
Wuhai also seems charming and has provided the best variation of Kung Pow/Gong Bao Chicken I've had yet, with a real "I'm not crying because it's hot, I'm crying because I'm happy" chilli flavour to it.
In other news, I've gone native and will happily eat a preserved egg from the plastic wrapper. You don't know what your missing.
Finally, another bath!!!!!!!!!
APRIL 17: LINHE to Wuhai- 151KM
Start Time: 06.20
Finish Time: 18.00
Hours Cycling: 11.666
Hours Pushing: 0
Number of Dead Dogs: 1 (told you it was a good day)
PHOTO EVERY HOUR - TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT: The Giant Padlocks STATUE
THE I DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO DO MISTRANSLATIONS AND ROAD SIGNS BUT SOME OF THEM ARE JUST TOO GOOD NOT TO SHARE SECTION
This is where I update on my progress. Expect lots of fabricated statistics and dated music references.