I don’t really have too much nice to say about this province – just so much pollution, so many coal trucks, and heaps of poor roads. The LP spoke of hardly any rain outside of July, and then only 12cm during that month. I had more than 10cm fall on my head in two days in October.
This was a big one – my first sign showing Beijing!
Not too sure I would want to eat fish out of that river…
Filthy roads, cooling towers barely visible in the haze, filthy 3-wheel put-put pumping out more crap…just another Chinese road
1000km to go on the G108…and so I celebrate with another puncture
I would like to add that this photo was at the end of the dry day – no rain or mud, just general crap in the air.
Pingyao was a highlight though, especially the staff at the Harmony Guesthouse, who didn’t blink at me turning up covered in mud. Instead they bought out the hose, and hosed down the bike, my luggage and me, to the hilarity of all. It’s an old town, a bit touristy now, but a lot of it is what I imagine China used to look like.
Possibly something lost in translation here. Still trying to find some “formaldehyde-free beer”.
Yet more truck crashes. The second one was completely blocking the road, and nothing could get past…until I got some locals to help get my bike and luggage over the back of the cab, and away down the road again. Everyone else would have been blocked for hours.
Capitalism at its finest – trucks were backed up for 20km, and little motor-trikes like this were going up and down, selling noodles, beer and pornography. Everything the bored truck driver needs. I just bought the noodles.
Finally started to break out of the trucks, and into some lovely valleys