Photo of the day: Caption Competition
I took up yesterday's dinner invite after much suffering for the first 120km. Timing, hospitality and kindness meant I got a lift the remainder of the way to Yinchuan. If you want I'll make it up tomorrow, but you should just take these photos as compensation.
The day started by battling the metabolism enabling virtues of chilli before I headed out into a rainy and flooded Wuhai. At my first breakfast stop my left trainer began to foam as I walked, which was a promising indication that there was more than just H20 in Wuhai's rain.
Google Maps need to change the software they use for identifying roads. On a related note I went on a surprise visit to a coal mine.
The morning misery continued with two punctures, one of which occurred right next to a coal powered factory. Grim.
Eventually I was out of the industrial horrors and into the small farms and beautiful mosques of Ningxia province. My early difficulties meant I arrived late for lunch with the Mas. After I washed as much filth off my limbs and face as I could we headed for the hotpot that culminated in the photo above.
The Mas and friends were desperate to show me some sites of Pingluo county, but I insisted I needed to be in Yinchuan by 7, because my less than capable friends would be arriving from Britain. We went to a beautiful steeply arranged Taoist temple before hospitality and kindness meant that they were putting my bike in a truck to drive me the remaining 60km.
I felt a little sad about breaching the integrity of the trip, but the fact I could have cycled but had more fun eating and seeing people more than compensated.
April 18: Wuhai to Yinchuan - 158km
Start Time: 06.40
Finish Time: 18.30
Hours Cycling: 8
Hours Enjoying Chinese Hospitality: 3
Minutes Being Driven to Yinchuan: Not very many
Photo Every hour - Today's highlight: The Acid Rain is making my trainer foam
This is where I update on my progress. Expect lots of fabricated statistics and dated music references.