Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Day 137 - bicycling to Xiaguan, China

Start: Nanjian, Yunnan, China
End: Xiaguan (aka Dali City), China (Yunnan, still)
Distance: 101 km
Time: 7'12"
Avg: 13.9 k/h
Max: 42.5 k/h
Total: 8460 km
Total riding days: 93
Riding hours: 1000 - 1900

Asphalt road all day, 30 km up a narror river gorge, which opens into a wide valley, in the middle of which sits Weishan. From there, a hard 15 km climb to a pass, then a fast cold descent to Xiaguan, the unlovely city at the southern end of Erhai. Gambled on getting a descent to get me down into Xiaguan before sunset; otherwise I would have been benighted, though camping might have been possible up on the pass.

Looked for a cheap place to stay for a long time; many wouldn't take me on grounds of my being a foreigner, but found a decent place eventually that hadn't heard of the no-foreigners rule.

Had a plate of Ma Po Dou Fu, spicy tofu, which is always a mistake.

Street vendors sell barbequed potatoes. They ask if you want them spicy. In my post-Ma Po Dou Fu state, I go for non spicy. As I walk away, skewered spuds in hand, she calls me back, not looking happy. Bu la, bu hao chi! Not spicy, not tasty! OK, you can put a bit of spicy stuff on them if you must. But not too much.

If that is not too much, next time show me how much too much is.

James Lovelock predicts the end of civilisation brought about by climate change; he is probably right. So I suppose we might as well get on with the War on Turrh while we've still got the time.

For the benefit of the evil search engines, this blog post is about cycling, biking, bicycling, and riding a bicycle in Yunnan province, China.

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