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Scratching My Head

The multi-colored patriotic line is my route.

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I decided to break my route into colored patriotic segments so that it will be easy to tell how far and what I did each day.

From Xingcheng to Suizhong, Liaoning, China.
I left at 8:50 am and arrived at 12:30 pm

Today's Total Distance: 47 km
Trip Total Distance: 571 km

Last night I made sure even the tiniest thing was taken care of, so as to not hold me up the next morning. I was actually going to leave before 8 to start my century ride, but just before I left I decided to pump my tires up with a little air. Nothing going in. In fact, it was all coming out. After 20 minutes of thinking it was just me not knowing how to use my pump, I rolled out on the street with a flat looking for a repair guy.
Well, turns out stem was ripped right off the tube. I don’t think I could have done it. I wasn’t pumping violently. He clips off the stem, inserts a metal one, and secures it with a washer and nut. I didn’t know it could be done without glue or some kind of sealant. To my surprise it held up pretty good, but the pressure is incredibly low and I think I’m just going to go with it for now. Ha.

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Dark clouds sneaking up on me.

So after the 50 minute delay I was off, and determined to make up lost time. Though, the weather was a bit of a head scratcher for me. The weather is usually in the 60’s and today was no different, and It wasn’t supposed to rain, at least according to the forecast. But there I was caught in two separate downpours, seeking some sort of shelter under trees, and racing to this city before the next one came. And boy, did I just make it. I thought, at least I got in almost 50 km, and decided to call it a day. An hour later the clouds broke up and the sun was shining through. I was a little frustrated because it felt like I was just getting started.
I’m ready. My endurance is up. I have a routine going. Today was too easy, and thus, a century will have to come another day.

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They do have churches in China.

Posted by Springroll2011 05:55

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We have a lot of churches man. Ralph saw your plan, that's awesome.

by Allen

i like the colored rout much better! and happy easter! i will be working easter tomorrow :(

by sis

There's a church near my home, 8 minutes' walk.

by Wenny Shen

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