Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Not far out of this super modern city, we found ourselves in the bleakest of surroundings. It was industrial and miserable. And so it continued for two hours. The towns we passed through were seriously depressing. Chimneys puffed out smoke, village sized factories lined the roads and amongst it all, cold, wet and scruffy people went about their work.
Not much else can be said about the day. We found the cycling mentally and physically tough after such a long break from the saddle, especially in the relentless sleet and, unfit, our slow pace meant no time for breaks. When 50 miles arrived we were certainly ready for a hotel. Our destination of Meishan was another 10 miles away and it was a good decision that made us stop and ask around in a town which was not on the map. Out came the Mandarin phrasebook and Polly (pointing at words perfected) found a hotel just down the street. It was a good one at £15 a night, complete with computer in room.
We walked into town to grab food. Unfortunately our options were limited because of my stomach’s continuing fragility. The cycle rickshaw driver seemed to know his way to Dicos so off we went at top speed. Dicos is a Chinese fast food chain, it has a Wimpy feel about it. There was nothing wrong with the chicken burger and fries (not a chicken foot in sight).
China is already proving to be a really interesting place. The people have been without exception very friendly. The scale of building, development and industry is scary. It has not necessarily been pretty so far, but I have a feeling we will take a lot from the 800 miles and two weeks we have remaining on our visas.
Distance cycled; 53 miles