Toffee-coated Strawberries and Mojitos

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Monday, January 31, 2011

WARNING - unless you are one of our parents this is probably a exceptionally boring day to read!

What a great day. We headed straight into town, with only one job for the day – purchase maps of Vietnam/Cambodia. The town square was still packed with New Year holiday makers and brilliant fun. We had some toffee-coated strawberries on a stick – amazing. Back at the Hump Hostel, drinking lattes and planning our route using other cycling blogs we saw a touring bike leaning up. After some investigation, Mikey found out it belonged to Tim, an English guy who had just cycled from London to Shanghai. We whiled away a good two hours talking bikes, always fun. He left in June and had stinking hot weather the entire way here – only 3 days of rain in total.

For lunch Mikey satisfied his craving for MacDonalds and I had some more awesome street snacks. We then split up so that he could pick up the bikes and I could do more planning. When he got back with a perfectly fixed bike at 4.30, I had confirmation of a great route from a blog written earlier this year. Cycling around, Mikey had also managed to buy a bike speaker, which should make boring stretches of highway more fun. We then went back to the bike shop and picked up mine, also back to tip-top condition. New wheels, transmission, brakes, drinks bottles and all labour only came to £60 – we gave our guy a good tip for working over the holiday. We did however see that they had amazing touring bikes already set up with pannier racks etc for £200 – good to know if anyone wanted to cycle round China that it would definitely not be worth bringing one out.

Next we headed to the North of town where we managed to get our maps in a wicked area by the university. We then got stuck into Mojitos even better than those at Moondance in Pokhara. After a quick chat with Tricia, Olaf and Jojo and then Ellie and Dave we realised we needed food. (I was already wobbly on my bike!) We found the Lonely Planet recommended French Café and had scrumptious savoury pancakes, pizza, two puddings and lots of lovely white wine!

When we stumbled out the street was filled with stalls which had opened up out of the back of peoples' cars. Lots of frantic haggling was going on and Mikey got stuck in buying me a shirt for my birthday. (Also useful for the long cycle home as it was very hot when we left the hotel  7 hours earlier, but now freezing without our coats.)

We made it back to the hotel without falling off, and as there was no one in reception decided to take the bikes to the room rather than try and find the person to take them to the garage. It was a bit cramped in the lift, but saved a lot of time in the morning!
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triciagick on

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