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Day 18. Rizhao to Lianyungang

Monday, September 28, 2009 permalink [Permalink]

We were constantly under the attack of loud truck horns which left us deaf long after the trucks disappeared from view.



The day started off with a fantastic ride, almost 40km under our belt and we hardly broke a sweat.  The only interruption was Dave's second flat tire in as many days.  The roads were wide, very little traffic and far away from noisy trucks.  We passed through small fishing villages, rice fields and forests.

Fisherfolk doing their business
[Fishermen doing their business]

As we neared the half-way point we realized that what was supposed to be a 95km day, ended up being 142km - we forgot to count a small section in our calculations.

Bill asking for directions
[Bill asking for directions - I'm sure that red sign says Hooker]

Unfortunately for us, the second part of the day was plagued by road construction and deviations though dusty and uneven roads which seemed to carry more traffic than they were possibly designed for.  We were constantly under the attack of loud truck horns which left us deaf long after the trucks disappeared from view.

Where did the good roads go?
[Where did the good roads go? - We are cycling on moist fabric to keep the dust down]

As we neared Lianyungang the roads got better and traffic steadily eased away from the slow moving bicycles and scooters.

Yet more construction
[Yet more construction]

Finding a hotel wasn't a problem either.  I was tired after the ride and welcomed the early night.  We've come to the conclusion that we need to make up some ground since there is still some 360km to Shanghai and only two cycling days left.

Wish you have a plain sailing and a success in your business
[Wish you have a plain sailing and a success in your business]

It looks like we may need to bus some of the way to Shanghai.  Depending on availability of seats, we could be there sooner than we originally expected.


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