The multi-colored patriotic line is my route.
From Huizu Xiang, Hebei, to Binzhou, Shandong, China.
I left at 8:50 am and arrived at 4:30 pm.
Today's Total Distance: 116 km
Trip Total Distance: 1,151 km
I’m back. I took three full days off to recover from a sickness which left me physically unable to ride. I spent the time watching movies, reading bin Laden stories, and also reading other people’s cycling blogs. Reading the blogs really helped me relate to other rider’s trips and remember and realize again that most of my struggles and frustrations on this trip are no different from theirs.
It was hard to get going again. I spent an hour in the morning continuously looking out my window and debating whether to ride. Finally I told myself that I had left to ride on much worst days than this one.
It’s amazing when the sun peeks through how much my spirits lift and I don’t feel like I’m grinding away on the bike. It was very short lived, but actually having vegetation and something green to look at today made up for it; probably the first green plants I’ve seen in the 3 riding days.
These types of things are somewhat common along the way.
I decided since most hotels don’t have an elevator to bring the bike to my room so I can wash it down in the shower, time to go to a car wash. I should have done it days ago. I haven’t been keeping up on maintenance very much.