Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Day 11 - Wuyuan to Jingdezhen

Start: Wuyuan, Jiangxi province
End: Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province
Distance: 103km
Time: 6'18"
Avg: 16.4 k/h
Max: 41.5 k/h
Total: 779 km
Roadkill: The Australian cricket team.

Supposed to be an easy short day, which it was (85km), until I spent nearly three hours getting hot and bothered going round in circles in Jingdezhen looking for a place to stay.

Eventually I found a place right back where I had started, by the railway station.

Incredibly hot today. Had to take an hour off the bike in the middle of the day - up into the mid-40s on the road. I sat in a roadside internet cafe and read about the final Ashes test.

Ate Moon Cakes all day. They are supposed to be round to symbolise the full moon, but my ones were square. Not sure why. They're a bit like mince pies in England, festival food stuffed with nuts and fruit and any other goodies you can lay your hands on.

Sometimes they have a little hard-boiled egg yolk inside, rotting quietly. This is a disappointing embellishment to an otherwise satisfactory form of biker's nourishment.

My thoughts on Wuyuan: it looks much like most Chinese cities, though much the same could be said for most Chinese cities.

I am going to stay in Jingdezhen for a while to write an article for Voyage magazine about its ceramics industry. I mean Asia and Away magazine. They have changed their name, the better to confuse their readers and distributors. Nothing like a good name change every so often to keep them on their toes.

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